Bible Ballistics: BBs #724 Revisiting Deuteronomy 6???
We shared last time about God’s plan for man, the home and life, and I’d like to spend our time today taking a closer look at the passage from Deuteronomy 6; it is worth our time to consider the power of the truths in this Word from God about the home. And if we ever needed to consider God’s plan for the home, it is surely now.
“Now these are
and the judgments,
which the LORD your God
commanded to teach you,
that ye might do them
in the land whither ye go to possess it:
2 That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God,
to keep all his statutes
and his commandments,
which I command thee,
and thy son,
and thy son’s son,
all the days of thy life;
and that thy days may be prolonged.
3 Hear therefore, O Israel,
and observe to do it;
that it may be well with thee,
and that ye may increase mightily,
as the LORD God of thy fathers
hath promised thee,
in the land that floweth
with milk and honey.
4 Hear, O Israel:
The LORD our God is one LORD:
5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God
with all thine heart,
and with all thy soul,
and with all thy might.
6 And these words,
which I command thee this day,
shall be in thine heart:” Deuteronomy 6:1-6
This passage begins with a call to all, but particularly the parents, before launching beyond to the family. We can never pass on what we don’t possess; be it money, love, truth, morals or most importantly a personal relationship with God through His Son—and for the contextual accuracy of this passage, their belief was in the coming Messiah who would bring in the New Covenant, The Holy Spirit who would save and dwell in them (See Jer. 31:31-34 & Ez. 36:25-27)!
God calls us to recognize that these are HIS precepts and principles for godly living—for successful living—for the passing of the baton to the next generation. We cannot ignore and violate the principles of God and expect to be successful and content in our lives, much less to pass the baton faithfully to our children and grandchildren. We cannot pass on what we do not possess! So, we must acknowledge God’s right to lead, and be willing to rely upon the truth of HIS Word for our life, our belief system and our practices of life—otherwise we are just hypocrites and no one see’s hypocricy more quickly than children—especially our own offspring!
God calls us to:
–recognize HIS WORD—we must dig into THE WORD—
–DO IT—obey GOD’S WORD—
–FEAR HIM—in reverential awe and love—
–KEEP HIS COMMANDS—not forsaking HIS way—
(“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying,
This is the way,
walk ye in it,
when ye turn to the right hand,
and when ye turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21)
–Share these commands with our offspring—
–Hear them and observe them—
–to be blessed and receive the goodness of God—
–in the land of God’s promise—
And God’s prime directive to all:
— thou shalt love the LORD thy God
with all thine heart,
and with all thy soul,
and with all thy might—
And how do we do this? By having HIS WORD—
— in thine heart—
The bottom line is, I must love GOD myself, and have Jesus, and HIS Holy Spirit, in my heart! Pretend won’t work. As a parent I can only impart to my children what I personally have, know and live by the power of God’s Holy Spirit. Paul describes this much better than I can.
“This I say then,
Walk in the Spirit,
and ye shall not fulfil
the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit,
and the Spirit against the flesh:
and these are contrary the one to the other:
so that ye cannot do the things
that ye would…
…. If we live in the Spirit,
let us also walk in the Spirit.” Portions of Galatians 5:16-25
And while those to whom Moses gave these commands were not blessed to have the indwelling Holy Spirit yet, we have the power of God’s Spirit to be able to accomplish God’s ways. We can be victorious, but we must be born again ourselves in order to have a personal relationship with God and to have HIS Holy Spirit to lead and guide us—HE IS this “new covenant” which Jesus died to impart to us.
“I have yet many things to say unto you,
but ye cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when he,
the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you
into all truth:
for he shall not speak of himself;
but whatsoever he shall hear,
that shall he speak:
and he will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify me:
for he shall receive of mine,
and shall shew it unto you.” John 16:12-14
So, we have an empowerment that the Old Testament saints did not all have; for the Holy Spirit was not imparted to each believer continually then, but to chosen individuals, at chosen times, for specific purposes of God. We are truly blessed beyond measure.
“Therefore being justified by faith,
we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access
into this grace wherein we stand,
and rejoice in hope
of the glory of God.
3 And not only so,
but we glory in tribulations also:
knowing that tribulation
4 And patience,
5 And hope maketh not ashamed;
because the love of God
is shed abroad in our hearts
by the Holy Ghost
which is given unto us.” Romans 5:1-5
The question is, have you received this “love of God” which “is shed abroad” in YOUR heart? We can never share Jesus with others, if we don’t have Jesus in our own hearts—if we haven’t been born again by the Holy Spirit of God.
“But as many as received him,
to them gave he power
to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe
on his name:
13 Which were born,
not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man,
but of God.” John 1:12-13
And as we go back to Deuteronomy 6, we find that with God’s power, and a willingness to walk in HIS ways, we can pass on our love of God to those who walk behind us. God’s ways are dependable. Let’s consider what God’s plan was and still is.
“And these words,
which I command thee this day,
shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently
unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them
when thou sittest in thine house,
and when thou walkest by the way,
and when thou liest down,
and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them
for a sign upon thine hand,
and they shall be as frontlets
between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them
upon the posts of thy house,
and on thy gates…
….. Then beware lest thou forget the LORD,
which brought thee forth
out of the land of Egypt,
from the house of bondage.
13 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God,
and serve him…..” Deuteronomy 6:6-13
We are to teach, instruct, serve God, and lead our children to know God and do the same—we are to use teachable moments to share the truths of God with our children and the children we are privileged to have in our lives; we are to live it, teach it, and share it in all our daily activities—walking, sitting, resting, preparing for sleep, or rising up; we are to adorn ourselves with ornaments of godliness rather than the ornaments of worldliness. We are to have our homes adorned with godly evidence of what we believe and who our GOD is—and what HE means to us; our homes can have great impact on those who enter there—what does your home advertise? Yet God doesn’t stop there, HE goes on to tell us the ultimate progression of this way of life.
“And when thy son asketh thee
in time to come, saying,
and the statutes,
and the judgments,
which the LORD our God
hath commanded you?
21 Then thou shalt say unto thy son,
We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt;
and the LORD brought us out of Egypt
with a mighty hand:
22 And the LORD shewed signs and wonders,
great and sore, …
… 23 And he brought us out from thence,
that he might bring us in,
to give us the land
which he sware unto our fathers.
24 And the LORD commanded us to do
all these statutes,
to fear the LORD our God,
for our good always,
that he might preserve us alive,
as it is at this day.
25 And it shall be our righteousness,
if we observe to do
all these commandments
before the LORD our God,
as he hath commanded us.” Deuteronomy 6:20-25
In Blanche’s paraphrase: if we lead our children in truth and righteousness before God, when we behave differently than the world, the time will come that our child will ask “why do we do these things, or don’t do other things?” Then we can share the truth of what God has done for “ME/US” and lead them to the cross (for we are on this side of the cross!) where they can find Jesus for themselves. But our words must match the life we live, or we will have little ability to influence those whom we love the most. You decide! Will you live for Jesus and lead those around you to the cross or will you lead them straight to hell by your faithless choices? The choice is yours! But choose wisely, there is a test. And in Jesus own words we find the import of our choices! For “what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world” or loose “his own children”?
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples,
If any man will come after me,
let him deny
and take up
and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life
shall lose it:
and whosoever will lose his life
for my sake
shall find it.
26 For what is a man profited,
if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?
or what shall a man give in exchange
for his soul?
27 For the Son of man
shall come in the glory of his Father
with his angels;
and then he shall reward every man
according to his works.” Matthew 16:24-27
May God open our eyes and work in our hearts to help us realize the serious times in which we are living:
“And when these things begin to come to pass,
then look up,
and lift up your heads;
for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28
Amen and Amen!!!