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Monday, August 29, 2016

Seasons

Over the past several weeks, we have been remembering God by looking at the first five books of the Bible through a specific set of eyes.  I’ve asked us to imagine being an adult Israelite in the days of Moses.  God has just set us free from Egypt, met us at Mount Sinai, and travelled with us to the “entrance” of the Promised Land.  We listened to the ten spies who were terrified of the people living in the Promised Land, though.  So, we are stuck in the wilderness for 40 years until all of us have passed away.  Our children, however, will not.

God has told us to teach our children to walk with Him.  If we do, they will get to enter and receive the land that was promised to us through our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (who became Israel).  So, teaching them we are.  We have taught them that there is only one God who created the heavens and the earth.  We have taught them to respect the Name (YHWH) of the LORD or God and never to take it in vain.  We have helped them to see that God has a design for our lives and that God’s design is always good.  They know that God always keeps God’s promises and that, even though our family may be a mess, God wants us to love our families.  God saved us from our oppressors and God always wants to set us free from our oppressors.  God promises to keep doing that as long as we walk with God.  We agreed to walk in God’s ways with a covenant commitment.  We have ten terms of that covenant: the ten commandments.  The Law helps us apply these terms to our lives in very specific ways.

Once our children understand what it means to walk together with God in these ways, we are ready to prepare them for the long-haul.  We want to not only remember God in our specific days.  We want to remember God throughout our weeks, years, decades, and lifetime.  So, we are going to teach our children how to remember God throughout different seasons of life.

The LORD said to Moses, "Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. These are the LORD's appointed festivals, which you are to proclaim as official days for holy assembly. "You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of complete rest, an official day for holy assembly. It is the LORD's Sabbath day, and it must be observed wherever you live. "In addition to the Sabbath, these are the LORD's appointed festivals, the official days for holy assembly that are to be celebrated at their proper times each year. (Leviticus 23:1-4 NLT)

How about you?  Have you remembered God throughout different seasons of your life?