1. We must teach you the truth of Scripture 6:1-3
A. If Scripture is not unleashed people will languish in folly
1. Scripture’s claim on itself is that it is truth and recounts accurately
the divine work of Jesus 2 Peter 1:16
“I choose to believe the Bible because it is a reliable collection of historical documents, written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses. They report supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecies, and they claim to be divine rather than human in origin” (Voddie Baucham).
2. Hear! 6:4a
This passage is called the “Shema”, Hebrew for “hear”. The reason is that the passage begins with “Shema”, “hear”.
The Scriptures command that we hear what they say. The idea is not just that we hear it out of obligation and then move on to what we or our culture says, but that we hear, assimilate and act on what we just learned.
A. Have hearing ears that lead to heart desire and doing hands and feet
1. Be a lifelong learner
2. Hear only what is right (have a filter)
3. Have an appetite for sound doctrine and not just pragmatic do’s / don’ts
3. Theology matters! 6:4b
The Shema does not begin with pragmatic instruction but with theological truth. The reason is that if doctrine is off then action will be off.
The Hebrew phrase can translate as: “the LORD your God is one Lord” or “the LORD is our God, the LORD alone”.
The point is that there is one God, and their God is the LORD, Yahweh. The point can also be made that the LORD is combating the poly theistic nature of the people and the nations around them.
A. Doctrine matters
1. Teach doctrine to you kids early
2. Don’t wait for the culture to teach doctrine to your kids, it will and likely
4. Go gospel early! 6:6-7
A. We must treasure the Gospel v. 6
B. Begin early articulating the intricacies of the gospel at every turn v. 7
5. Keep the reading of and instruction from the Scriptures as a value and priority 6:8-9