Music is indeed a powerful media for passing on important truths, across all generations
I am definitely showing my age when I speak of music I grew up with… Youth of today may know the songs but probably not the singers or bands that made them famous
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and their song – ‘Teach Your Children Well’
Within that song two lines convey an important truth we will focus on from Scripture today..
“Teach your children what you believe in, make a world that we can live in.”
The Psalmist in Psalm 78 uses a well known tool to get our attention as to a most important lesson
We use the same type of technique to get children’s attention “Now listen very carefully to what I’m about to say…”
Jesus’ “Truly, Truly I say to you…”
Thus the psalmist begins Psalm 98: “O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth…”
- WHAT WE HAVE HEARD
- TELLING THE NEXT GENERATIONS
- THE CALL IN THE TELLING
Readings reproduced on this page:
The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1996, 1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan
Deuteronomy 6:4–7 (NIV84)
4Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
5Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
6These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.
7Impress 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.
Psalm 78:1–8 (NIV84)
1O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.
2I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
3what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us.
4We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.
5He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children,
6so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.
7Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
8They would not be like their forefathers— a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.