Deuteronomy 4:9–10 (ESV):
Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children—10 how on the day that you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, the Lord said to me, ‘Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.’
Moses here recounts the importance not only of keeping our own soul diligently, but of passing on to our children the great things that God has done. He recounts how God gathered the people before him so that he could teach them to fear him, and that they may teach their children. On the heels of Mother’s day we see yet again, the great importance God puts on the nurture of or covenant children. Our call is to keep our souls diligently, and to teach our children the word of God, so that they too will learn to fear him. Not only do we teach them that we serve a God that in Christ has come near to us, and reconciled us back to God when once we were his enemies. But along with all of the history of redemption from Genesis to Revelation, we also teach them how God has intervened in our own lives. In that way we remember the great things our God has done.
Father, we have forgotten often the fact that we serve a god who has come so near to us, who dwells with us, is one of the greatest apologetic we can offer the world. But what’s more, Father, you have called us to teach our children to fear you, by making known to them you great works. O, help us today to be more diligent to teach our children, and our children’s children the great things you have done. Help us to remember your great work of redemption, and the great love with which you have loved us, by sending your Son as a ransom for sin. May the word of Christ dwell in us richly, for we pray in his name, and Amen.