“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb when he said to me, ‘Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and my teach them to their children.’ And the Lord directed me at that time to teach you the decrees and laws you are to follow in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess.” (Deuteronomy4:9-10, 14)
Beloved, teaching is commanded not optional, for the people of God! “Remembering” what God has done is of primary importance. Religious instruction preserves the memory of he community of faith from one generation to another.
Where teaching is neglected, spiritual amnesia sets in rather quickly. Nurturing the faith of children through God-centered teaching is one of the greatest privileges of parenthood. It is also a sacred obligation. The task cannot be done on an occasional basis; it must be a continuous process—-morning, noon, and night. Parents and spiritual leaders play essential roles in this educational process.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You have taught us to be steadfast in reading and understanding scripture, and this is not just for us, but also for our children and grandchildren as well. It is an honor and certainly a privilege to teach our children holy scripture and it is further an obligation that we have to honor God by teaching the next generation as well. In Jesus’s name that we pray this. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“True character is unveiled in misfortune.”
“Assemble the people—-men, women and children, and the aliens living in your towns—-so they can listen and learn to fear the Lord your God and follow carefully all the words of this law. Their children, who do not know this law, must hear it and learn to fear the Lord your God as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.” (Deuteronomy31:12–13)
Moses commanded the people—-regardless of age, sex, or social status—-to come together at designated times for instruction in the Law.
Even though it is extremely important to meditate upon the Word of God in private (Proverbs3:1 – “My son, do not forget my commands in your heart,”) and to teach it in the home (See Deut. 6:1-10), though neither takes the place of gathering with others to share understandings of the revealed will of God.
“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. ‘Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law o your God, I also will ignore your children.’” (Hosea4:6)
The priests were responsible for instructing the people in God’s Law and leading them to maintain their personal relationship with the Lord. The priests often spurned this task, and the people were “destroyed from lack of knowledge.” The sins of he priests was not just that they neglected to teach the knowledge of God. They rejected knowing God as well.
“Knowledge” is not just a bookish collection of information. It is experiential knowledge of the living God. Knowledge of His written Word cannot be separated from personal knowledge of God. To know God is to live in harmony with His will and to live in harmony with His will we must know His will. Loss of the knowledge of God leaves a destructive vacuum in personal and national life.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“And the things yo have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2nd Timothy 2:2)
The pastor/pries/minister is responsible to learn sound teaching and teach it to reliable members who will then teach others. This responsibility is not just to be accomplished by the pastor/priest/minister only, but by qualified teachers.
God gives the gift of teaching to whom He will. Any church member who has the gift of teaching is responsible under God to learn from other teachers but also to study God’s Word personally. Such personal study should let God’s Word critique teachings learned from others.