TEACHING FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION

I wrote this back in 2011 for Christian Blessings and thought I would share it here. 

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As I was studying in Genesis the other day, my attention was caught by some explanations in my Halley’s Bible Handbook.

It began by talking about the “Creation Hymn”, which it explained was Genesis 1:1-2:3. It said the “Creation Hymn” was a poetic description of creation that began the recurring Biblical “seven”.

It explained about Moses writing Genesis using ancient documents and being guided by God. It asked the question of how the writer knew what had happened before man appeared.

Then it put forth the possibility that God himself may have taught the hymn to Adam, which was then passed by word of mouth down through the generations, with God’s help, until the time that writing was invented.

All this reminded me of Deuteronomy 11 where the people of Israel are told to keep the words God spoke to Moses in their hearts and souls, to teach them to their children, and to write them on the door posts of their houses.

As I thought about this, I was suddenly struck by the comparison of God’s words being handed down from generation to generation and the stuff that parents are handing down to their children today.

The TV programs, movies, and video games that promote violence and sexual sin. The music that celebrates idolatry and immorality. Alcoholism; adultery; drug abuse; language that shouldn’t be thought, much less spoken aloud.

All these things are being passed down to children that take it and pass it to their children; and each generation pushes a little bit more, seeing how far they can take their behavior.

And at the same time, we are filling our lives with the things of the world, not the things of God.

A friend of mine recently posted the following on facebook. It struck a chord with me and I got her permission to share it with you:

“Why do we sleep in Church…But stay awake through a 3 hour movie?

Why are we so bored when we look at the Bible…But find it easy to read other books?

Why is it so easy to ignore a message about God… Yet we forward the nasty ones?

Why are Temples and Churches getting smaller…But bars and clubs are expanding?

Why is it so easy to worship a celebrity…But very difficult to engage with God?”

My friends words are so true, and I have to ask myself how we can teach our children when we set these kinds of examples?

We need to insure that our children are learning the things of God, not just by words but by our deeds as well.

We need to wrap our homes in the Word of God, much like the Israelites wrote on their doorposts.

We need to be like those that listened to God and passed down the “Creation Hymn” all those thousands of years ago and make sure we are teaching our children what God tells us to teach them.

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2013

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4 thoughts on “TEACHING FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION

  1. Amen Drusilla! As the children of Israel basked in their freedom from bondage to Egypt, Moses began to tell them of who this God is that just delivered them. He begins by explaining their Deliverer was none other than the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth.

    The same Deliverer who redeemed us from our sin. If Israel was commanded to paint His Word on their doorposts and wear it on their foreheads, how much more excited should we be who were freed from the grip of sin and death? Let us pass on the gospel of Jesus Christ to every ear in our midst. Blessings good friend.

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    • Thank you Mike. We have been given so much, and we know so much more than Moses did, having the Old and New Testaments to learn from. It should be so obvious to people; but, as my mother likes to say: “There are none so blind as he who will not see.”

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