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Deuteronomy 6:1-9 & Luke 18:15-17

Deuteronomy 6:1-9 & Luke 18:15-17

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I. Some Observations on Deuteronomy 6:1-9

1. The LORD lists three important blessings parents generally desire for them and their children (verses 1-3)

(a) Long life (verse 2) (it is not mere length of days, but quality of life)
(b) Prosperity/stability/peace (verse 3)
(c) Success (verse 3) Increase greatly (successful and powerful nation)

2. The LORD promises these blessings to them and their descendants when the parents take care of their covenantal responsibilities

(a) Parents must become students of the Word of the LORD (verse 6)

(b) They [parents] must teach the Word of the LORD to their children and grandchildren (verse 7); How?

(b1) Impress/etched (like a sculptor, they need to imprint in their hearts. It’s a difficult task but is greatly rewarding)
(b2) Talk about the Word of the LORD constantly (repetition)
(b3) Make sure that their covenant relationship with the LORD is the central to their existence (verses 8-9) mezuz [impress, lie down, get up, tie them etc]

(c) In effect, the success and failure of their children is in the hands of the parents (priority vs. misplaced priorities)

3. Faith of the parents must not remain only with them, but it needs to be handed down to their children and grandchildren (verses 7-9)

4. The promises and provisions of the LORD were for generations yet unborn “your children and their children”

5. Unlike the temporary nature of materials, spiritual blessings are guaranteed for generations, which is in the hands of the present generation (verse 2)

II. In Luke 18:15-17, Jesus addresses the parents, his disciples, and the onlookers

1. Observe the two expression: “Let the little children come to me” and “do not hinder them” (verse 16) [decisive aorist imperative; His voice is peremptory/firm]
2. With this firm admonition, Jesus demonstrates the He is an Advocate for children
3. Jesus tells that children receive Him and His message of the Kingdom a lot faster and easier than the adults (children need Jesus as much as the adults do)
4. Therefore, the adults must not put hindrances on their way to Jesus
5. Just like Jesus’ disciples, people often hinder children from coming to Jesus with false thinking that they are not ready to understand Jesus or own their faith
6. Jesus uses the children as a model to teach about the Kingdom

III. Take Away

1. Develop a family prayer and study time
2. Send your children to a strong Bible based church-kids’ school (If you are unchurched, we love to have your children in our Kids’ School)

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org