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Many people begin the New Year making resolutions to do something positive, to improve their lives. A great start would be learning and teaching your children the Ten Commandments. They’re found in Exodus 20:1-17.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says “These Commandments that I give you today are to be upon your HEARTS. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” God’s truth must be in your heart to teach your children convincingly.
Read Deuteronomy 6:1-9, the primary setting for the communication of the Ten Commandments is the HOME! Psalm 127:4 says “like arrows in the hands of a warrior are son’s born in one’s youth.” A father who wants to shoot straight as a warrior must be strong and skilled. Fathers (and mothers as well) must develop their own spiritual, mental and emotional strength to preserver in teaching their children in the home. America’s homes cannot hope to survive apart from the moral foundation the Commandments provide. The parent can memorize the Commandments with their children, discuss them and how they apply in daily decisions and how we should treat… Click To Tweet
Relativism has become the norm and truth is missing. Psalm 11:3 says “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” America’s homes cannot hope to survive apart from the moral foundation the Commandments provide. The parent can memorize the Commandments with their children, discuss them and how they apply in daily decisions and how we should treat each other. Hang them in a prominent place for all to see.
The first four Commandments instruct us to put God first.
- Commandment number one in Exodus 20 verse 3 says “You shall have no other god before me.”
- Commandment number two in Exodus 20 verse 4 says “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath, or in the waters below; You shall not bow down to them or worship them.”
- Commandment number three in Exodus 20 verse 7 says “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.”
- Commandment number four in Exodus 20 verse 8 says “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it Holy.”
Think of the clothing you buy for your children; some T-shirts have logs that say “It’s all about me”. Schools teaching self-esteem for decades have birthed a generation of greed, selfishness and the ultimate self-destruction of drug and alcohol addiction and increasing suicide rates. The endless “selfies” on social media are symptoms of our narcissism. This obviously is a “Me First” society, we need to put God first in everything, we are commanded to do so.
James Madison, the Father of the American Constitution said “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it, we have staked the future of our politics upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” Communicating God’s truth to your family will lift you up in liberty.