Read Deuteronomy 11 - 13
In Today's Reading:
Israel commanded to love and obey God; warning against false gods and adding to or taking away anything from His Word
To perpetuate loyalty and love to God in future generations, every Israelite was to live in subjection to the Word of God. To assure this, through Moses God admonished parents: Teach them (to) your children (Deuteronomy 11:19). Our foremost concern every day should be to teach our children to love the Lord and to be obedient to Him. They should have no doubt that we also truly love the Lord and are obedient to Him. If our hearts are filled with the Word of God, it will overflow into our actions and conversations: Teach them [to] your children . . . when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, when you lay down, and when you rise up (11:19).
Moses repeated to the new generation what the Lord had said to their parents, reminding them of how important it is to diligently keep all these Commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, and to cleave (hold fast) to Him (11:22).
Another fundamental principle that is essential for pleasing God is to rejoice in all that you put your hand to, you and your households, wherein the LORD your God has blessed you (12:7).
What our children will become is usually dependent upon what they learn about our values in life. What we are, in great measure, is what our children become. That is why it is so important that parents devote time to molding the rapidly developing minds of their young children. It is of utmost importance that parents guide even the youngest children to reverence God, to worship Him, to pray, and to recognize the Bible as the voice of God speaking directly to them.
Influences outside the home often send strong messages to our children that are opposite in character to the values we desire them to live by. It becomes increasingly important in this time of moral chaos to provide our children with a strong spiritual home environment.
Children need to fear (have a reverential attitude of deep concern to be obedient to) God and to know that He said: Honor your father and mother; (which is the first Commandment with promise;) That it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth (Ephesians 6:2-3; compare Exodus 20:12).
11:14 first . . . latter rain = autumn/winter (October through January) . . . later spring (March/April) rain; 11:21 fathers = ancestors beginning with Abraham; 11:24 uttermost sea = Mediterranean Sea; 11:30 champaign over against Gilgal = Arabah, the flat, open country opposite Gilgal; 12:15 gates = towns.
Through the burned offerings which were totally consumed by fire. These typified Christ's total offering of Himself unto death (Deuteronomy 12:6; see Hebrews 10:5-7). For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary (Holy Place) by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify (make holy) the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate (Hebrews 13:11-12).
Pray for The International Shortwave Radio Broadcast in honor of Henry Rogers · Government Officials: Rep. Tim Holden (PA), Rep. Todd Platts (PA), and Rep. Don Sherwood (PA) · Country: Nicaragua (5 million) in Central America · Major languages: Spanish and English · Limited religious freedom · 95% Roman Catholic; 5% Protestant · Prayer Suggestion: Commit your fears to the Lord and He will give you peace (Proverbs 3:24-26).
Optional Reading: Luke 20
Memory Verse for the Week: Ephesians 5:11