Children are by Nature Curious
There is not a parent who has not marveled at the number of questions that can come from a child barely able to utter complete sentences. The questions begin with a simple, "Why?" and may progress into far more eloquent pleas but still the question is, "Why?"
The Israelite children were no exception. The routine duties of life evoke questions, and so much more the special situations and events. It is a wise and dutiful parent who will take every opportunity to not merely answer the question of the young mind, but also seek to explain the purpose.
How easy it would have been for the answer of "What do you mean by this service?" (12:26) to be simply, "Because God said so." And that would have been true, however, God realized that not only should obedience be taught, but also thankfulness.
God had done a great miracle and the children in the coming generations were to be taught not only obedience, for that was what had spared the first born, but also thankfulness for God’s mercy. To this day, Jewish boys and girls are taught to obey God’s command, but also to be thankful for the deliverance.
Do the Questions Seem Unending?
Do they tire you after a long day? Take time to teach your children. Teaching is not always best accomplished through the simple answer. One scholar has termed times such as illustrated in this passage as the teachable moment. Be careful not to let them pass by.
Come and Gather: Family Time with God
Introducing Come and Gather: Family Time with God, or what we lovingly refer to as Gather.
Gather is a lovely, 35-page, daily devotional centered around families enjoying time together with God and each other.
This 27-day devotional is divided into 3 parts:
Part One: Days 1-5, is written specifically with husbands and wives in mind. In this part of Gather, husbands and wives will explore 5 Signs of a Functional Family.
5 Signs of a Functional Family includes:
Part Two: Days 6-20, is written with the whole family in mind. It's A Walk Through God’s Word. From Genesis to Revelation we will discuss subjects like God's mercy and protection, being humble, dealing with difficulties, having a teachable spirit, dependence on God, and much more.
Part Three: Days 21-27, is a Men of God Character Study. We'll learn character traits that every Christian should strive to demonstrate in their life straight from characters in God's Word.
At the end of Gather, you'll find a place for your family to record specific prayer requests. I love being specific with my prayer request and seeing God answer in specific ways. Recording the answers, as well as the requests, is a great way to help your children see God working in your lives.
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What teachable moments have you encountered lately?
Come and Gather: Family Time With God published with permission
Pastor Jeremy Sweatt, Farmington Avenue Baptist Church, West Hartford, Connecticut
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