Week 3: Deuteronomy 6:5-7
5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (NIV)
|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:
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.
|5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, 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.||5 Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got!
6-9 Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.
In this chapter, Moses was exhorting the Israelites to listen to God, to open their ears and really hear what God was telling them. The result would be a better understanding of and willingness to follow God’s commandments. As many Christians know, this is one of the multiple mentions of the greatest commandment; Love the Lord your God. Loving God isn’t an external action, one in which we try to show our faith by our actions (although in loving God, our external actions are to reflect God’s love). Loving God is an internal action, with its roots in our heart. When we are truly able to love God in our heart, our love for him is stronger, and we are naturally more successful in displaying the characteristics of his love.
- How are you doing on loving God? How are you doing in growing your wisdom of God as a man? Before sharing with your child this week, spend some time reflecting on your own life. Make a list of specific things you need to improve. Do you need to institute a daily reading time? Is your prayer life active? How are you displaying God’s love at home with your spouse? With your child? How are you doing with memorizing the first two scriptures?
- Explain to your child what, “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and all of your soul, and all of your strength,” really means. Include the fact that Christianity is the only religion where we don’t chase a God. God has come to us. Through Christ’s death on the cross, God has come to us. He has forgiven us for our sins. He is there to help us through our days: celebrating the good and giving us strength for the bad. There is absolutely nothing we can do to gain his love, and absolutely nothing we can do to lose his love. Plant the seed in your child that THIS is who Jesus is, and because of this, he deserves our love.
- Ask your child his thoughts about Jesus. Again, this is a good time to just listen and take notes. Find out the starting point for your child so you know what to build on in the coming weeks.