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Diligently Teach Them to Your Children

Diligently Teach Them to Your Children

The diligence commanded in Deuteronomy 6 involves a special marriage of the fruits of faithfulness and self-control. We need the self-control to be faithful to diligently teach our children God’s ways.

And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).

Moses commanded the Hebrews to discipline themselves and their children by diligence in learning and teaching the words of God.

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. (Deuteronomy 4:9–10).

An Example of Diligence

The Hebrews have always placed God’s Word at the center of their education. Modern religious Jews (especially Hasidic Jews) continue to focus on God’s Word.

The book The Chosen, by Chaim Potok, is an absorbing novel about two Jewish boys, Reuven and Daniel, which takes place in New York City in the late 1940s just after World War II. It’s a deep, heartfelt novel about the struggles of overcoming religious differences, with several lessons on Jewish history and traditions skillfully woven in along the way. The novel begins with Danny and Reuven as high-school boys and concludes with their graduation from college. God’s Word was consistently the priority in the boys’ education.

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Throughout the book, both boys regularly studied the Torah with their fathers, especially on the Shabbat, usually for several hours at a time. Once they entered college, they studied the Torah from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and then they began academic studies at 3:15 p.m. to 6 or 7 p.m.!

What a lesson in priorities—and what a story of fruit! The Hebrew education methods of diligent Bible-focused study has been passed down over thousands of years.

The unbelieving Jews don’t have the Messiah nor the Holy Spirit but they focus their study on God’s Word. Compare this fruit with the fruit from the Greek classical methods used in Christianity. How many hours a day do we devote to God’s Word?

God Rewards Diligence

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But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6).

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is (Ephesians 5:15-17).

Need Work in this Area?

We don’t have to stay the way we are. Through faith in Jesus Christ, anybody can be changed. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17). Jesus said to Andrew’s brother, “You are Simon [“a hearer”]….You shall be called Cephas [“a stone”]” (John 1:42). “You are—you shall be!” God can take a weak piece of clay like Simon and make a rock out of him!

God’s promise is that those who love and search for wisdom will find it. “I love those who love me; and those who diligently seek me will find me.” (Proverbs 8:17). Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matt. 7:7-8)

Do you diligently feed your children breakfast? Diligently feed them God’s Word daily.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Plant self-control and faithfulness in me that will help me grow up like a tree producing diligence. Direct my passions, desires and emotions and make them subject to your Spirit. I need You to give me self-control. I need You to produce in me faithfulness to diligently teach my children to pursue Your Wisdom.

There are times I get too busy or too concerned over matters of the world. I need You to redirect my focus on You. Help me to walk away from temptations that take our time away from time that should be focused on studying Your Word. Keep the enemy from our family. Help us to say “no” to anything that undermines us from receiving highest blessings of wisdom.

I thank you for the work you are doing in me and bless your Holy Name.

 

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14 comments

  1. Mine is up for this week!!!

  2. Tamara Scire

    Thank you Robin for this reminder! Because of reading several of your books I have made God’s word a priority every morning with my four boys. But, a “spirit of education” will come at me sometimes and I’ll be tempted to forsake God’s word and jump right into working on things that the boys might be struggling with. Thankfully God has continued to protect me through His Holy Spirit and help me to see that “the enemy” doesn’t want my boys to be wise in God’s word. I am trusted that as I seek first His kingdom, He will add all these things.

    I pray God continues to bless you Robin and your “full quiver”!

  3. Great post. 😉 I agree. If you study the life of some of the restoration movement in history, they make us look like complete and total loosers as Christians today.

    Alexander Campbell got up at 4am or something like that – studied the Bible, Greek, Latin, Hebrew and did personal prayer and study time for HOURS before lunch EVERY DAY.

    We struggle sometimes to fit in thirty solid minutes or get so rushed that we can’t truly focus while we are reading.

    I think pointing us back to the scriptures is commendable. 😉 They should be where the HEART of homeschooling starts and ends each day… wrapped up in the Word.

  4. tforsburg

    I, too, really appreciated this entry. After reading some of Robin’s books, the lightbulb came on for me. Instead of constantly worrying “am I doing enough?!??!”, I decided to just do what my 7 year old son loves…which, praise God, happens to be “Bible”! So that’s what we study and from that we have all kinds of wonderful conversations and rabbit trails for exploring everything from science to math to history to character traits to relating our own experiences and family histories to things we’ve read in the Word. I’m sure his young age takes some of the performance pressure off of us and we are not in a state where we have to check off certain subjects. BUT, I go to the checklist in “What Your Child Needs to Know When” and we truly are on track. For the first time I feel like I am doing “enough”. My focus is shifting to “the man I am helping to mold” instead of the kid who has to just do enough to “get by” today. I finally feel energized in my ability to parent and teach. This energy and confidence is beginning to flow to all areas of my life. AND ALL BECAUSE I AM TEACHING MY 7 YEAR OLD GOD’S WORD!

  5. Oh THIS is my heart’s beating!

    It is the very reason we homeschool.
    Or as we call it-

    FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP

    Even more wonderful is that His word does not return void!

  6. I loved this post. Great reminder!

    God bless you today.

    Carol

  7. I would like to add your fruit of the spirit link to my side bar…do you have a code that I can do this with? and also use it in my friday fruit of the spirit posts?
    Thanks!

  8. I didn’t read this whole post yet, just the first few paragraphs. I just had to sign Mr. Linky for my daughter, Rachel. She did the most incredible post for the Fruit of the Spirit Friday and probably didn’t know to sign Mr. Linky.
    It is very inspiring to me, especially since she is just 14. 🙂 I wish I could blog as openly and transparently as she does.
    I could learn a whole lot just by reading my own daughters’ blogs!!
    blessings my friend!
    ~J

  9. I think I missed this post the first time around. I love what you wrote: “diligence…involves a special marriage of the fruits of faithfulness and self-control.” Yes, I need work in both of these areas! I just know the Lord gave me my firstborn to remind me of my ‘lack’ in these areas, my second born to see that I have lots of practice applying it, and my third born to keep me balanced. The Lord has blessed me so much! I can only imagine how much more I could be growing as a Christian with a quiverfull. My prayer is that the world will repent of looking down upon children and see a quiverfull as one of the BEST (undeserved) blessings, other than the Lord Himself. (I guess I kinda got way off topic.)

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  10. Really good post.

    Serves as a great reminded to us all!

  11. There is a curriculum called “Weaver”, which actualy takes Gods word and weaves it into all other subjects. Best thing I have ever come across. Gods word realy is in everything and nothing is apart from it. This curriculum realy shows that to the children.

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