WORKSHOP 2: FEEDING YOUR GRANDCHILDREN'S FAITH
Deuteronomy 6: 1-8
For the Israelite’s children to remain continuously in the Promised Land they needed not only to hear God’s statues and ordinances, but needed to obey them as spoken by Moses in Deuteronomy 6:1-8. The Shema, a prayer recited daily by the Jewish community, consists of three passages; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; 11:13-21; Numbers 15:37-41.
In Deuteronomy 6:4 the word, “Hear” means to listen and obey. This ancient prayer reminded the Israelite community they had One True God, which set them apart from other nations. It was imperative for the new generation who had been born during the forty year journey from Egypt to Canaan to develop practices to help them obey God’s word. Grandparents and parents were to recite God’s words, at breakfast and the evening meal, post reminders around the house, and if need be write them on their children and their children’s forehead. Moses' final words to the Israelites provided wise counsel with practical implementation so the future generations would be blessed.