The Next Generation – Deuteronomy 5-6

Read Deuteronomy 5-6

The Ten Commandments are recorded in your Bibles twice: Exodus 20 announces God’s Law and Deuteronomy 5 repeats the Ten Commandments to the next generation for the sake of emphasis. Again, Deuteronomy means the second giving of the law. The Ten Commandments themselves were written in stone by the very finger of God (9:10). God wrote these in stone to remain in effect as along as time endured. He also wanted to show He personally wrote these commands.

When you read Deuteronomy 6:4-9, you are reading “John 3:16” of the Old Testament. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of these words of Scripture. The observant Jew recited these words, known as the Shema (Hebrew for “hear”), twice a day. It was the first section of Scripture that a Jewish child learned and it stood as the central prayer in the Jewish prayer book.

Many years later, when Jesus was asked what the fundamental part of the law was, He answered by quoting the Shema. Again, it is difficult to exaggerate the importance of the Shema.

You may want to know why this was known by the funny sounding word, Shema. The reason is simple: shema is first word in verse four: “Hear, O Israel,” so the first word became the title.

Moses spoke these words to encourage the Hebrew people to be loyal to Yahweh alone. He turns his attention to the importance of parents and their responsibility of turning their home into a church. Moses wanted to ensure God’s people would be loyal to God and to achieve this, he spoke about the importance of being godly parents. So let me ask the parents three questions in light of today’s reading:

Do you take the spiritual condition and spiritual needs of your children seriously?

Are you more concerned with their academic and athletic achievements?

Do you challenge your children to make new spiritual goals in their life?

Michael Slater