Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1–6:9
Introduction: The Deuteronomy 6:1-9 passage is the Bible’s manifesto (exposition), instructing parents how to raise their children.
Deuteronomy 6 is filled with talking points and action:
- Preparing (Deuteronomy 6:1)
We as parents are called to be generation breakers, by being transformed out of our own dysfunction and living a life that models the supernatural life described in God’s Word, dispensed by His Son, and directed by His Spirit.
- Respecting (Deuteronomy 6:2a)
- Keeping (Discipline) (Deuteronomy 6:2b)
The Commandments are God’s Protective Law
The Statutes are Parent’s Adaptable Judgment
“A refusal to correct is a refusal to love; love your children by disciplining them.” (Proverbs 13:24—The Message)
- Modeling (Deuteronomy 6:2c)
- Blessing (Deuteronomy 6:2d-3)
(Deuteronomy 5:9-10) (Psalm 127:3-4)
Character (Deuteronomy 6:4)
- Elohim—Creator, Authority, Justice (Deuteronomy 6:1-3)
- Yahweh—Covenant, Relationship, Mercy (Deuteronomy 6:5-6)
- Loving (Deuteronomy 6:5-6)
Do you know your child’s heart?
Does your child know your heart?
- Teaching (Deuteronomy 6:7a)
The “why” to command keeping (Proverbs 22:6)
The character and nature of God
- Inspiring (Deuteronomy 6:7b)
Urgency—parenting is time-sensitive
Consistency—impressing on them
Intentionality—rejecting passivity & being alert
Focus (Deuteronomy 6:8-9)
Application: Do these responsive words describe how you are parenting? If not, what is keeping you from it? If not, what are some steps you can take today to start moving in the direction of Deuteronomy 6?