Although this is a command to God’s people during the Old Covenant, Ephesians 6 provides support for New Covenant believers. Paul tells fathers (and mothers) what to do in Ephesians 6:4, “bring them up in the instruction and training of the Lord.” Proverbs provides why the Wisdom of the Lord is a crucial piece of instruction in a Christian home -- in multiple locations, but particularly in
4:1-4 “…that you may gain insight, …and live.”
22:5-6 “Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked; whoever guards his soul will keep far from them….”
Deuteronomy, then, provides the how. In formal training and informal training, the words of the Lord are to always be on our hearts (that’s us, parents), and we are to teach them diligently to our children when we sit and when we walk by the way, in the evening when we lie down and in the morning when we rise. Think of the possibilities! Practice memory verses or passages at family devotions – or make a game out of it when at the park (shoot a basket with each correctly remembered word or sentence, take another ride on the swing, or find the rhythm of the verse in a hopscotch session). Sing the catechism memory songs while waiting at a stop light or ask your children about the truths of God’s word while settling for the night.
At the Three Rivers Grace website, we are providing what we hope will be beneficial resources to parents to extend Sunday School instruction into the week with links to visuals, summaries and, on occasion, downloads of lessons. We’ve already begun posting weekly summaries of the lessons taught in two classrooms – the 2s and 3s, and the 4 year olds – 3rd grade catechism class (along with photos of the visuals), and we hope to add links to summaries for the other classes in the next few weeks. Coming soon will also be music sample links and printable coloring and teaching pages for children who miss a lesson.
Moses reminds Israel why this must be a parent-to-child instruction later in Deuteronomy 11:
“And consider today (since I am not speaking to your children who have not known or seen it), consider the discipline of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand and his outstretched arm, his signs and his deeds that he did in Egypt…. For your eyes have seen all the great work of the Lord that he did.” Deuteronomy 11: 2-3,7
Your children have not seen the great things the Lord has done in your life. What better audience than your own children to hear all about them?