Teach Your Children Well

“On that day tell your son, ‘I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’” Exodus 13:8

Children are naturally curious. They want to know why we do certain things regularly and repeatedly and they want to know why we don’t do other things. For the most part, especially when they’re young, they want to be like us. They are open and receptive to what we have to teach them—they are eager to learn from us.

Commemorating God’s provision and blessing for the next generation is the context of the verse above. With a mighty hand God had delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and as he led them to the Promised Land, he instructed them to commemorate his deliverance annually by observing the Feast of Unleavened Bread, telling their children, “I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.”

Later when Moses gives them God’s commands, he reminds them not only to obey them but to teach them to their children. “In the future, when your son asks you, “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the Lord our God has commanded you?” tell him: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.” (Deuteronomy 6:20-21)

Today, when our children ask us, “Why do we go to church every week?” or, “Why do we start each day with Bible reading and prayer?” may our answer be, “I do this because of what the Lord did for me. He saved me from my sins and gave me the promise of eternal life. I do this not to earn my place with God but in gratitude to Him because He has made a place for me.”

Are you teaching your children the habits of your Christian faith? Read Deuteronomy 6 and commit to teaching your children well.

Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church