Happy Friday! 🍟 Last email of the week!
Rapid fire review of everything we learned this week ⏩️
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and ____ ___ ____ __ ___ ___, and when you ___ ____, ___ ____ you ____.
(Answer key below. You can also use our free web app to help you memorize in your favorite translation. Set up instructions are at the bottom of this email.)
A quick review of what we’ve learned 🤔
Here’s what we learned this week about Deuteronomy 6:4-7, verse by verse:
In Deuteronomy, Moses repeatedly urges the new generation of Israelites to be faithful to God.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 is the Shema 🙏
v4: Shema means “listen” or “hear” but more than that, it means to listen + respond (aka obey)
v5: The word for love is not talking about a love of 🍕. It’s talking about a wholehearted devotion to God.
Devotion and Obedience were necessary because Israel was chosen to be a “Kingdom of priests” and they were about to enter Canaan, where people worshipped idols.
The devotion and obedience God desires is:
For a purpose: God’s plan was to bless all nations, first through Israel, and ultimately through Jesus Christ.
For our own good: God wants to give us life to the full.
“I set before you life and prosperity, death and destruction…Now choose life, so that you and your children may live”
Deuteronomy 30:15, 19
v6: God’s commands were to be first written on our hearts before they’re passed on to the next generation.
v7: God wants His Word and His Way to permeate every area of our lives - our hearts, our speech, our clothing, our houses and our gates.
And specifically, God wants us to:
Teach our children (teach = etch it into their hearts) about His Way of life, and
Model it for them by imitating Jesus…because they will imitate us
Phew. We learned a lot this week. Below are a few things you can do to put those learnings into action in response to this passage 👇️
Discipling the next generation doesn’t mean you have to sit them down and teach a curriculum all day.
Oftentimes, a helpful way to teach our children the Way of Jesus is to involve them more in the things we already do - like eating, driving, working and running errands.
Here are some practical ways we can respond to the passage we studied this week in our daily lives:
🤔 First, identify the 1-3 youth in your life you feel like God is calling you to disciple
📖 If you always read Scripture alone, try inviting your kids to join you
🍽️ Teach your kids to notice Christlikeness: Go around the dinner table and have everyone share one example of love or sacrifice they noticed today
🛏️ Read Scripture with your kids before bedtime and/or read stories that teach biblical principles
🚗 Go beyond the 7-minute mark of conversation in car rides
In case you missed it, here’s this week’s round-up of recommended resources to check out:
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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.
My hope is that you learned something this week that moves you into action.
The last thing I’ll note is this: the command in Deuteronomy 6:7 was not just given to the priests and religious leaders.
They were given to all of God’s people.
Let’s hear (shema) and respond to these words!
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