April 10th Deuteronomy 4:1-43, Psalm 100
Israel is called to teach future generations everything we have read in the first four books of the Bible. God expects multi-generational instruction of Israel’s laws, history, and worship practices. YHWH commands, “Teach them to your children and to their children after them” (Deuteronomy 4:9). The mere repetition in this chapter of those concepts relating to children, generations, and instruction make it clear that God has a plan that will last thousands-of-years for the children of Abraham. In other words, God does not intend Israel to be alone in their instruction of their children. God intends to be with Israel in intimate ways in the future, just like God has been uniquely available to Israel in the past (Deuteronomy 4:7). In fact, Psalm 100 summarizes the point well when it declares “His faithfulness continues through all generations” (Psalm 100:5). Yes, Israel will need to be faithful to God in order to enjoy the blessings God intends for them and to avoid being lowly amongst the nations (Deuteronomy 4:27). This does not mean that God will leave future generations to chance or that God will ever be satisfied apart from having future generations know of His faithfulness. As important as our call is to teach our families, and younger generations, we must always remember God is even more committed to this instruction. May God’s faithfulness in all generations give you peace when we attempt to teach future generations about God, we never do this alone.