Every Parent is a Teacher (Part 2 of 3)

Parents: never forget what God has done for you.  Use these experiences to teach your children how to follow Him.

February 22, 2021

"Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy son's sons."

Deuteronomy 4:9

Part 2

Yesterday:  A Heart Check
“Only take heed to thyself.”
Before we try to teach our child, or anyone else, we need to check out our own heart’s relationship to God.

 

Today:  Lest You Forget…

“And keep thy soul diligently.”
“Keep thy soul.”
This is speaking to our “inner man.”  It is the place in us where we make our decisions and choices.  It has been called the “seat of emotions and passions.”[1]  We must keep our souls diligently.  It is another way of saying, “guard your heart.”

“To ‘keep the soul,’… to take care of the soul as the seat of life, to defend one’s life from danger and injury…” [2] (K&D).

“…keep thy soul diligently.  Rather, guard well thyself… or thy life;… that ye may live.”[3]

Adam Clarke points out the importance of the soul over the body.  We need to remember that our body is only “temporary.”  Still, our souls are “eternal,” the soul will live somewhere forever.

“Be mindful of thy eternal interests.  Whatever becomes of the body, take care of the soul”[4] (Clarke).

We keep a guard on our souls so that we do not forget!!  What do we need to remember?

 

“Lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen.”
It has been said, “Men have Teflon minds, and nothing sticks!”  I’m afraid there is some truth to that.  We men need to pay special attention to what the Lord is saying in this verse.  Forgetting what God has done for us is a severe problem!

“Their only danger was, lest they should grow careless and unmindful of all the wonderful things that God had done for them…”[5] (Benson).

This warning for Israel is, “Do not forget!!”  What?  Do not let yourself forget what the LORD has done for you (Exodus 19-24).  They must remember how their God met with Israel at Sinai, in chapters 19-20, and where he gave them the Ten Commandments and taught them how to make altars to sacrifice to Him.  God gave them His law about slaves and “restitution,” teaching them how to make wrong things right in chapters 21-22.  In chapters 22 and 23, He also teaches them of social justice, how they can live rightly with others.  His law concerning the Sabbath, festivals, and His promises to them about their conquest of the land, He gave in chapter 23.  And then, in chapter 24, God confirmed His Covenant with them.  To forget this covenant or any of these things can be disastrous for the people in that new land.  Israel had a relationship with her God like no other nation.  She was blessed!

These wondrous workings were just the beginning of God’s works for them.  Moses understood that.

“And I besought the LORD at that time, saying, O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?” (Deuteronomy 3:23-24).

And the LORD did so much more for them.  He did not want them to forget any of His works.

Forgetting can be dreadful for us too.  God never wastes experiences on us.  Each one He designs to teach us His will for us.  Believers, if we are not careful to remember what God has done and is doing in our lives, we might be tempted to pray against His will instead of with His will for us.

“And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us” (1 John 5:14).

To pray in His will requires us to be diligent to remember His Word and His work in our lives.  This is vital to godly parenting.

 

Quote:  “I am Thy servant to do Thy will, and that will is sweeter to me than position or riches or fame, and I choose it above all things on Earth or in Heaven”[6] (A.W. Tozer).

 

 

 

[1]  Brown, Driver, Briggs.  Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions, the electronic version in eSword.
[2] Keil & Delitzsch, Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament, the electronic version in eSword.  Deuteronomy 4:9-14.
[3] Cambridge Bible, the electronic version in eSword.  Deuteronomy 4:9.  Emphasis is theirs.
[4] Adam Clarke, Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible, the electronic version in eSword.  Deuteronomy 4:9.
[5] Joseph Benson, Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments, the electronic version in eSword.  Deuteronomy 4:9-10.
[6] Tozer’s quote Downloaded: Wednesday, February 17, 2021.  From: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/gods-will.