How to TRAIN a child . . .

In our last post What is LOVE?,” we discussed the 2 Most Important Commands in the text.  Let’s go over them briefly: Matthew 22:36 (CJB) 36  “Rabbi, which of the mitzvot (commandments) in the Torah is the most important?”

  1. Matthew 22:37 (CJB) 37  He told him, “‘You are to love Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.’

Yeshua (Jesus) is quoting the Torah when he states the most important mitzvah (commandment):

 Deuteronomy 6:5 (CJB)

5  and you are to love Adonai your God

with all your heart, all your being and all your resources.

We know it is most important because Yeshua (Jesus) tells us that it is:

Matthew 22:38 (CJB)

38  This is the greatest and most important mitzvah (commandment).

Yeshua (Jesus) adds a second mitzvah (commandment) even though He is not asked to do so:

  1. Matthew 22:39 (CJB) 39  And a second is similar to it, ‘You are to love your neighbor as yourself.’

Yeshua (Jesus) is quoting the Torah here as well:

Leviticus 19:18 (CJB)

18  Don’t take vengeance on or bear a grudge against any of your people;

rather, love your neighbor as yourself; I am Adonai.

Yeshua (Jesus) tells us something after quoting both of these verses that should

JUMP RIGHT OFF THE PAGE . . .

Matthew 22:40 (CJB)

40  All of the Torah and the Prophets

are dependent on these two mitzvot.”

The entire Bible at the time is DEPENDENT on these two commandments!!!   Have you memorized them? Do you know them by heart? Do you know their location by heart? If not, why not?   Know this, the B’rit Chadashah (New Covenant/New Testament) is also Torah because the text says it is:

Hebrews 8:6 (CJB)

6  But now the work Yeshua has been given to do is far superior to theirs,

just as the covenant he mediates is better.

For this covenant has been given as Torah

on the basis of better promises.

(You can read my recent post concerning this in detail:

The New Covenant given as TORAH?)

  Matthew 22:40 (CJB) 40  All of the Torah and the Prophets are dependent on these two mitzvot.”

  • John 3:16 that everyone knows is dependent on these two commands.
  • The Gospels are dependent on these two commands.
  • The New Testament is dependent on these two commands.

This is important to understand because the MOST IMPORTANT COMMAND, the command to love God with all you have:

Deuteronomy 6:5 (CJB)

5  and you are to

love Adonai your God

  • with all your heart, (mind)
  • all your being (soul)
  • and all your resources. (strength)

is also the most important command in the text that also has commands associated with it – to do in conjunction with.  We are ordered to do them . . .

COMMANDED to do them . . .

In other words, you are not obeying this command unless you obey it in the way that God prescribes that it is to be obeyed.

Deuteronomy 6:6 (CJB)

6  These words, which I am ordering you today,

צָָוה‎ tsāwāhto command, to charge Thoralf Gilbrant, ed., “6943,” in The Complete Biblical Library Hebrew-English Dictionary – Pe-Resh, (Springfield, IL: World Library Press, Inc., 1998), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “6943”.

are to be on your heart;

לֵב‎ lfivheart, interior, will, mind

“Heart” often refers to one’s “inner self…”

Lfiv, therefore, can often be translated by the English concept

of the “mind” as the center of intellectual activity.

Thoralf Gilbrant, ed., “3949,” in The Complete Biblical Library Hebrew-English Dictionary – Kaph-Mem, (Springfield, IL: World Library Press, Inc., 1998), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “3949”.

Does this mean sometimes? Part of the time? Rarely? When you feel like it? When you remember to do it? As you ponder this, let’s continue:

So, the most important command to love God (v5)

  • with all your mind
  • with all your soul
  • with all your strength

is reiterated and summed up by stating on your heart – your “inner self” – the total you. (v6) and then we are given a command within the command:

Deuteronomy 6:7 (CJB) 7  and you are to teach them carefully to your children. You are to talk about them …

Deuteronomy 6:7 (NIV) 7  Impress them on your children. Talk about them …

Deuteronomy 6:7 (AMP) 7  You shall whet and sharpen them so as to make them penetrate, and teach and impress them diligently upon the [minds and] hearts of your children, …

Deuteronomy 6:7 (TEV) 7  Teach them to your children. Repeat them …

Deuteronomy 6:7 (KJV) 7  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk…

Deuteronomy 6:7 (NASB) 7  “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk …

You must speak them . . .

You must repeat them (sharpen them) . . .

You must do them again and again (repetition)

Have you ever set down with your children and taught them this?

Do you children know the most important command in the text?

Do they know where it is at in the text?

Do they know the verse number, the chapter?

Have they memorized it?

If not, why not?

Again, does this mean sometimes? Part of the time? Rarely? When you feel like it? When you remember to do it?

The text is VERY CLEAR about the when in the 2nd half of verse 7:

  • You are to talk about them when you sit at home,
  • when you are traveling on the road,
  • when you lie down
  • and when you get up.

According to the most important command in the text, how should your child start off their day? By being sharpened and taught repetitively DAILY – EVERY SINGLE MORNING so that it becomes part of them – becomes part of who they are – permeates their life – consumes them:

Deuteronomy 6:5 (CJB)

5  and you are to

love Adonai your God

  • with all your heart, (mind)

  • all your being (soul)

  • and all your resources. (strength)

And since Yeshua (Jesus) added the second part, the following as well:

Leviticus 19:18 (CJB)

18  Don’t take vengeance on or bear a grudge against any of your people;

rather, love your neighbor as yourself; I am Adonai.

  Again,  EVERY SINGLE MORNING, when they (your children), get up! But not just then, but also when you sit at home:

Again, does this mean sometimes? 

Part of the time?

Rarely? 

When you feel like it? 

When you remember to do it?

And when you’re traveling on the road . . . and when you lie down . . . the first thing when they get up and the last thing before they go to sleep – their beginning and end:

Deuteronomy 6:5 (CJB)

5  and you are to

love Adonai your God

  • with all your heart, (mind)

  • all your being (soul)

  • and all your resources. (strength)

Leviticus 19:18 (CJB)

18  Don’t take vengeance on or bear a grudge against any of your people;

rather, love your neighbor as yourself; I am Adonai.

  What kind of children do we raise if we follow this most important command?  If we love God in the the way that he commands us to love him, this is NOT optional!

We have helped my daughter raise our grandson Ben over the years.  He knows these commands by heart.  He knows where they are at.  We talk about them all of the time.  He knows them in English and in Hebrew.  He can sing them in Hebrew. The text lets us know why this is important:

Proverbs 22:6 (CJB)

6  Train a child in the way he [should] go;

and, even when old, he will not swerve from it.

train a child

I failed my own children.  I didn’t teach them these commands.  We didn’t talk about them in the morning when they got up – throughout the day – as we traveled down the road – or at night before we went to bed.  I have regret for my sin in not doing this – I have heartache.  I hurt my children by not doing this – I hurt myself by not doing this – I hurt my marriage by not doing this.

Ben was our second chance.  Our chance to turn from our sin and do it right.  The following 5 short animations are true stories.  Ben and I did these when he was 5 years old.  These are good examples of what happens when you DO obey this command.  Ben calls me DahDah and we call him Mr Beans.  That seemed like the best title for our series – DahDah and Mr Beans.

As you can see, Mr Beans loves God with all he has!

It is to be who we are – our inner self.  Love God with all you got, all the time,  and love your neighbor.  Teach it to your kids.  Repeat it over and over until it penetrates their inner self and becomes who they are as well.

Maybe a better question to finish this would be,

What kind of child do we raise

if we DON’T obey

this most important command?!?

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Dani'el 3:17-18 (CJB) 17 Your majesty, if our God, whom we serve, is able to save us, he will save us from the blazing hot furnace and from your power. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want you to know, your majesty, that we will neither serve your gods nor worship the gold statue which you have set up.”
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2 Responses to How to TRAIN a child . . .

  1. jmbannister says:

    Amen! I need to be more diligent in memorizing these verses. I can recite the verses but the chapter and verse citation isn’t on the tip of my tongue so how can I share it…
    Great post!

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