Teach the Faith

One of the the things I love most about the Old Testament is the command of God to teach the faith to the children.  One of the responsibilities of the adults, of the parents, of the grandparents, the aunts, the uncles of children is to teach them the faith. Teach them the stories of their faith.  Teach them what is true.

They were commanded to teach the children.  Listen to what is says in Deuteronomy 6:4-7:

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 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.

faf76c7c603532b7e54b1072ef985f9eThis is a passage that’s known to the Jewish people as the Shema which is the center of the their faith, a they are reminded to know this truth, to teach this truth, to pass this truth to their children.

As Christians, that’s our story too; that’s our call too.  As Paul explains to us in Galatians (and all over) that the Old Testament is our story as well; so many things in the Old Testament point to Jesus.  We are called to love the Lord our God with all of our hear, our soul, and our might.  We are called to love God with all that we are.

And we are called to teach that to others.  To our children.  To those that are new to the faith. To other believers. We are called to share what God has done for us.  We are called to share our faith.  Our hope.  Our love. We are called to pass along what God has done for us.  And what God is doing for us.

We are called to pass along that which is true. God is good.  He loves us.  He longs to know us.  He died to save us.  He was resurrected. And will come again.  We believe this.  We must pass it down to others.

And we must pass along to other what God has done for us.  We must teach the faith.

Has God done something for you?  Tell someone.  Share with someone.  Pass it along.

We learn, so we can share.  May we do that today and each day.

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