These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Teaching our kids about faith is not something that happens in an instant. It happens in hundreds of big and small conversations over the course of a lifetime. Discipling kids does not come naturally for most parents, but that doesn’t mean it should be difficult. Teaching our children about the faith happens in the course of life—as your life is lived out in your home. This is the emphasis of Deuteronomy 6:6-9. Discipleship happens in the everyday conversations, the shared stories and experiences, and the asked questions.
Later in the chapter, Moses provided a means for parents to address these issues. Anyone who has ever had children knows that they ask a lot of questions. Children are more tuned in to learning when they raise a question about a subject. Moses anticipated that a child might ask the meaning of the stipulations, decrees, and laws God had given His people. The parent should respond by telling the story of God’s deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Stories are much easier to remember than statements or facts. Parents can instruct their children about God by telling them Bible stories. Children also can learn from the stories that parents tell about their own spiritual journeys. Lead your children by sharing the Word and your life.
- What do you think it means to “impress” God’s commandments on your children (v. 7)?
- Looking at verse 7, when might be appropriate times to “talk about them” in your context?
- Pray that God would make your conversations with your kids this week be ones that point back to Him and offer you a chance to impress His Word on their lives.