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Tell Your Children What They Need To know

Exodus 13–14

Father and son waterI wonder how many of you have shared with your sons and daughters the miracles God has performed in your life.  What?  You’ve had no miracles in your life?  Are you not a Christian?  Did God not call you to Him through the working of the Holy Spirit?  Has God not saved you and given you new life?  If He has, how can you say you’ve experienced no miracles?  Brothers, not only has God been active throughout history, He has been active throughout your own life.  So I ask you, have you shared with your sons and daughters the miracles God has performed in your life.

I ask this because in today’s passage we read that God instructed the Israelites to tell their children of His miracles performed in their lives.

Exodus 13:8 ESV

“You shall tell your son on that day, ‘It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.’”

Exodus 13:14-16 ESV

“[14] And when in time to come your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ you shall say to him, ‘By a strong hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery. [15] For when Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the LORD killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of animals. Therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all the males that first open the womb, but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.’ [16] It shall be as a mark on your hand or frontlets between your eyes, for by a strong hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt.”

Most of us make sure that we get our kids to church every Sunday to get their weekly dose of religion.  We depend upon the church staff and Sunday School teachers to teach our children about God. Now these folks do a fine job, but once a week is not enough exposure to God, and the primary responsibility for teaching your children about God is yours.  In the days ahead God will inform us that we are to teach our children about the things of God when we get up, as we go throughout our day, and when we lie down to sleep.  In other words we are to be constantly teaching our children about God.

Guys, I will admit to you that I do not live up to that non-stop standard. Back in the day your kids worked with you in the fields and pastures.  We just do not have as much time with our children as those who lived in a more agrarian age.  Still, do we take what time and opportunities we do have?  When we get home from work do we make time to read the Bible to our children or to talk with them about the things of God?  I know you can’t talk with them non-stop but you can probably do better than you have; I know I can.

God brought you out of slavery to sin with a strong hand.  Your children need to hear that story.  They need to hear and see the difference God has made in your life.  Will you tell your children what they need to know?

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,

Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

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