About Jesus Steve Sweetman
And Obey The Lord (ch. 11:1 - 32)
In the first twelve
verses of this chapter we note that Moses reminds
As Christian parents, it
is just as necessary for us to both live and teach the ways of our Lord
Jesus Christ. If we don't
our children will not follow our Lord, just as the Israeli children
wouldn't follow the God of their parents.
It is hard to pass along you trust in the Lord to the next
generation. Without living
and teaching your faith, it is impossible to pass it along.
Teaching your faith alone
is not enough. You must live
it. I've always said that
there are three ways in which to teach, not just your children, but
anyone. First of all,
you can just sit down and teach, or relate the facts, much like a
classroom situation. This is
the least affective way of teaching.
The next best way of
teaching is to both state the facts, but also to provide the example of
the facts in your life. In
this way, those to whom you are teaching actually see an example of what
you want them to learn.
The best way to teach
someone is to involved those to whom you are teaching in the learning
process. For example, if you want to teach your children how to forgive,
you help them by stating the facts of forgiveness.
Once you do that, you help them forgive their brother or sister.
They are actually involved in what you want them to learn.
This is the best way to teach.
It is interesting for me
to note, that the church's most popular way of teaching is the first and
least effective way. Teaching
from the pulpit is the least effective way of teaching anyone.
What it is good at doing is making a name for the teacher.
All eyes are on the teacher, elevating him to a higher level than
what is really necessary. That only leads to pride in the teacher.
I would suggest that the
way Jesus discipled His followers was the best way to teach.
He sat down with them on a personal level, stated the facts of
what He was teaching, but also involved them in the process of learning.
That is true discipleship.
Verse 12 is important.
Moses states that the
Verses 13 to 15 state
again that if Israel
obeys God, He will bless them in the land.
Moses states how
Note in verses 22 to 25
that if Israel
would obey God that they would take any land that they placed their feet
on. There are actually some
dimensions here – from the
Note from verse 26 to the
end of this chapter there are two mountains mentioned.
Another thing to note is
when Jesus spoke with the Samaritan woman in John 4, she told Jesus that
Samaritans worshiped in this mountain.
The mountain she was speaking of is