Recently I was listening to the Bible through an app called Bible.is, which is produced by a ministry called Faith Comes by Hearing. As an auditory learner, listening to the Bible has opened the scriptures up to me and I find myself observing things I have never seen before. I know that God’s word is always like this, but now it seems to be amplified. It was during this time of listening through Deuteronomy chapter 6 that I caught something I have never seen before.
Passing Your Faith to the Next Generation
Deuteronomy 6 is known as a chapter which emphasizes the importance of passing your faith to the next generation. Let me preface the following thoughts with the understanding that Deuteronomy 6 is repeated twice daily by those growing up in the Hebrew culture and Jesus Himself references verse 5 as the greatest law! It is during this chapter that we can see that nothing is more important than loving God.
Verse 1 begins with the understanding that Moses didn’t just come up with this on his own but rather it comes from God Himself.
Then in verse 2 we are given a reason that we would fear the Lord our God. This fear is not a fear like our life is in drastic danger, but rather a fear of reverence. We are to recognize that who is before us is bigger and more important than our entire universe.
It is in verse 3 that we find our obedience demanded so that our blessings may be multiplied. This multiplication is a reference to our offspring; a blessing richer than the promised land of milk and honey.
Verse 4 brings out the call to remember there is only one God. And it is this one God to whom we are to love.
Through verses 5-9 we see that it is this love in our own hearts that we need to work out for us and then for our children. The passage amplifies our understanding that our love for God should be with us at all times. We should also place the word of God everywhere we can to keep it before us.
Framework for Sharing Your Testimony
As I continued to listen I began to hear something in verse 20 for the very first time. I was able to hear how God was commanding the passing of faith to the next generation by prompting moms and dads to be ready to share their testimonies with their children.
“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 say to your son, ‘We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt.
And the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.
And the Lord showed signs and wonders, great and grievous,
against Egypt and against Pharaoh and all his household, before our eyes.
And he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in
and give us the land that he swore to give to our fathers.
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 we are this day.
And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do
all this commandment before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us.’
– Deuteronomy 6:20-25
There will come a time that you will have to give your testimony. Verse 20 tells us that your children will ask you questions about your testimony and the things that you have already been teaching them. It is easy to see that this is a result of what you have already been teaching your children about God.
As you continue to read through the passage a framework for your testimony is provided. Let’s take a look at the key components described in this passage to include in your testimony:
1. Where did you come from? In this passage they were to tell how they were slaves brought up out of Egypt by the Lord’s mighty hand. We too were slaves brought up out of our sinful oppression.
2. Explain how God delivered you. Recognize who delivered you out of your sin. The Israelites were to acknowledge that the Lord had brought them out of Egypt. Let your children know Who it was that freed you from sin.
3. Describe how you were set free. We have all seen some kind of signs and miracles that God used to reveal His plan for our lives. The Israelites were to tell about the great things God did to rescue them.
4. Explain how God has promised this all along. Moses instructed the Israelites to remember the promises of God and to emphasize those promises to their children. God rescued the Israelites from Egypt because He was going to take them to the land that He had promised Abraham. What has God promised you and your children?
5. Proclaim what God is asking you to do from now until eternity. God commands us to follow His word. His desire is for us to fear Him and obey His commands. This was the same for the Israelites. He desired for them to love Him and obey His commands. (Deut. 10:12-13)
Wow, Deuteronomy 6:20-25 is clear. We have been commanded by the scriptures to give our testimony, especially when it comes to our children. We need to remember that this would be any child over whom you have spiritual influence. Sharing our testimony should come naturally because we have been teaching them about our faith.
God did not just tell us to do it, He said this is how. In other words when you tell your testimony it should go like this. Where were you? What was your life like before God intervened? Then how did God intervene? What miracle did He do for you? Finally, what is our life like now? What are we supposed to be doing from now until eternity?
Take time today to prepare to answer the question your child will ask…
What is your testimony?
Share your testimony with other parents and encourage one another by leaving a comment below!
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