Deuteronomy 6:1-end-Moses repeating Himself concerning all that God had commanded him to teach the children says in verses 4-9 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
The verses above minister to me. I see it as a way of keeping our focus on the word of God because we have the tendency to forget things easily. So Moses is saying that if we can memorize the words of God, it will be one way to keep them in our heart. Psalm 119:11 says “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” When we read the word of God, and we meditate on them, we are allowing the word to penetrate our being, and if we can do this daily, our heart (mind) will be renewed in the process, purging all the deadly thoughts that have been there for years, and making us new. We will experience transformation from “old self” to “new self” as we go through this exercise. This is what Paul is telling us to do in Romans 12:2 which says “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Moses further tells the children of Israel to teach their children at home whether they are sitting down, walking, lying down, or rising up. That is, these children should be taught continuously. How many parents devote time to teach their children this way? Do we have time to teach them at all? No wonder the society is sick and the children ‘s heart and even adult’s heart have been taken over by evil thoughts. It is only the word of God that can help us to do what is right. Moses also advises us to write these words on our bracelets so that they can be at the reach of our eyes, then on our doorposts and our gates. Saturating ourselves with the word of God all around our house will safeguard us from deviating from the word of life. I have tried to have picture frame of words of God in my house but I have not saturated it enough. The ones I have displayed come to my remembrance all the time. This is why I will advise all of us to do this. If we still have children that can be taught these scriptures, let us try to teach them especially now that they are still with us.
Moses tells them not to forget the LORD God that brought them to the land of promise. Unfortunately they did forget Him probably because the words of God were not in their heart. How much of God’s word do you remember or have you tried to memorize? Make this a habit today and discover the treasure that is in God’s word. It is well with you, Amen!!! .