Deuteronomy 11:18-22 Teach Them To Your Children
Posted by adventbiblestudy on August 15, 2013
Deuteronomy 11:18-22 NLTse (18) “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. (19) Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. (20) Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, (21) so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors. (22) “Be careful to obey all these commands I am giving you. Show love to the LORD your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him.
This is another Old testament text with a New Testament parallel. Before crossing over to the promised land, Moses told the Israelites, “You must love the LORD your God and obey all his requirements,decrees, regulations, and commands. Keep in mind that I am not talking now to your children, who have never experienced the discipline of the LORD your God or seen his greatness and his strong hand and powerful arm. They didn’t see the miraculous signs and wonders he performed in Egypt against Pharaoh and all his land. (Deuteronomy 11:1-3 NLTse). Jesus repeated the command just before His ascension.
Matthew 28:20 NLTse Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
After Jesus died on Friday near evening, Joseph and a few others took Him to Joseph’s tomb and quickly prepared His body for burial just as the sun was setting. Jesus rested in the grave on Sabbath. After the sun set on Sabbath, Mary and a few other women went about the town collecting spices to anoint His body. Even though Mary anointed Jesus with her perfume and tears, it didn’t seem like enough. As Mary and the other women struggled with the heavy load of spices they gathered, they saw a flash of lightening across the early morning sky and felt the earth shake. Dropping the spices along side the road, they ran to Jesus’ burial cave. Looking from a distance they saw a man dressed in shimmering white sitting on the stone he rolled away from the entrance of the tomb. The angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.” (Matthew 28:5-7 NLTse).
Without hesitation the women ran to tell Peter and the other disciples they knew. And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.” (Matthew 28:9-10 NLTse). The women were able to overcome their fears to deliver the message they were given. What kind of spiritual lesson can we learn?
The disciples refused to believe Mary and the others. A little while later a couple of men came to the disciples, telling them how they met someone along the road, what He taught them from the scriptures and how they finally recognized Jesus when He gave thanks for the meal they prepared. The disciples still refused to believe. Finally Jesus appeared to them. They could not help but recognize Jesus, but asked to see the wounds. Why did it take so much evidence before the disciples believed? Was all of this arranged so the disciples would never forget? Was the lesson necessary to prepare the disciples for the ministry in front of them? Were these events arranged as a lesson for us?
Among other reasons, Jesus came to teach the world the truth about God’s law. Is there any kingdom on earth without laws? Why would some religious leaders insist God rules His Kingdom without rules? Why do others insist God’s law was temporary? How can anyone suggest God changed His laws to accommodate this world? What about the rest of the universe and God’s countless number of angels? “Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today. But you will be cursed if you reject the commands of the LORD your God and turn away from him and worship gods you have not known before. (Deuteronomy 11:26-28 NLTse).
When we look back a few verses in Matthew 28, we see a distinct connection between the Old and New Testament.
Matthew 28:16-19 NLTse Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. (17) When they saw him, they worshiped him–but some of them doubted! (18) Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. (19) Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Moses told Israel to, “Teach God’s law to their children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.” In the New Testament, Jesus told His disciples to, “go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” Has anything changed? The first place to begin is within the home. God’s Spirit first works with an individual. The first training ground is the home where the process and techniques are refined. Can a home without rules ever become a guiding light to the world?
Jesus taught adults, including His disciples, they had to become like little children to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus taught Nicodemus, he had to be born again. Once we look at the Old and New testament text we not only understand the lessons Jesus taught, but are reminded how important it is to teach children. In Eden, Eve was given enmity, a hatred for Satan, the enemy. This was to ensure her desire would always be for her husband and children. A desire to protect her children by teaching them to observe God’s law and commands. As we teach our children, we not only equip them with defenses necessary to guard against Satan, but to be disciples for Christ.