How To Train Your Family, Spiritually
Bible Text: Deuteronomy 4:6-9, Luke 14:25-35 | Preacher: Associate Pastor Jay Miller | Deuteronomy 6 is concerned with the individual’s obedience to God. But it is also concerned with families. Though our passage is all about keeping God’s commands, it constantly references our children along with obedience.
v. 2—“that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son’s son.”
v. 7—“You shall teach them diligently to your children . . .”
vv. 20-25—“When your son asks you in time to come, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies and the statutes and the rules that the LORD our God has commanded you? Then you shall says to your son . . .’ ”
God cares very much about how we raise our children. And there is no better passage on this subject than Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Central to this passage is what the Jews called the Shema, from the Hebrew for “hear.” As v. 4 says, “Hear, O Israel: Yahweh our God, Yahweh is one” (or Yahweh alone). This verse teaches monotheism and the exclusivity of God—we are to worship no one else.