March 5, 2006

Read Deuteronomy 11

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 . . . when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up (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.

Moses repeated to the new generation what the Lord had said to their parents and reminded 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) unto Him (11:22)

Another fundamental principle that is essential for pleasing God is to rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee (12:7).

What our children will become is often influenced by what they learn about our values in life. That is why parents need to 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 commanded: Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first Commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth (Ephesians 6:2-3; compare Exodus 20:12).

Word Studies:

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.

Christ Revealed:

Through the burned offerings which were totally consumed. These typified Christ's total offering of Himself to 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 without (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).

Prayer Needs:

Pray for The Spanish International Shortwave Radio Broadcast sponsored by Mrs. Sue Moore · Government Officials: Rep. Tim Holden (PA), Rep. Todd Platts (PA), and Rep. Don Sherwood (PA) · Country: Liechtenstein (32,000) in western Europe · Major languages: German and Alemannic dialect · Religious freedom · 87% Roman Catholic; 12% Protestant · Prayer Suggestion: Pray and depend upon the Lord when in need for He will not forsake you (Isaiah 41:17).

Optional Reading: Luke 19

Memory Verse for the Week: Deuteronomy 5:29