June 2, 2022

(Deuteronomy 6, Psalm 89; Optional 1 Corinthians 7:32-40, Proverbs 26:6-9)

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See May 11 for SPECIAL NOTE on format change… 

Deuteronomy 6 – One of the key chapters in the Bible, one of the most often referenced in the NT, and well worth re-visiting and meditating on regularly…  This is a great chapter on proper fear of God (including both sober warnings for those that don’t and beautiful promises for those that do). This chapter includes 2 of 3 of the Bible responses Jesus used in battling Satan’s temptations. This chapter includes what Jesus repeatedly calls the Greatest Commandment (love God fully and with all of you) and includes the “Shema” (the famous Hebrew prayer that many devoted Jewish people aim to start and end each day – vs 4ff – “Hear, O Israel…”).

Deut 6:1-7 – Notice the multi-generational calling. 1) Each individual that hears this is responsible to first fear / trust / love God themselves (v 6). But we’ll never do this perfectly, so don’t wait for that, but  2) seek to diligently and intentionally pass these truths / commands on to the NEXT generations (v 2, 7).

Deut 6:6-7 – These verses (and Ps 78:1-8) led my wife and I to homeschool our kids for a significant portion of their education. Whatever form of schooling you feel led by God towards, this section is VERY clear that the human family (not first the church family and certainly not the government) is responsible before God to point upcoming generations towards Him.

How does this fit with 1 Cor 7:29-38 (clearly showing benefits of singleness for those that God calls to that)? Paul himself is a great example – it’s strongly implied he used his singleness to focus on PRAYING for the families God put in His life (implied in 2 Cor 11:28 and in his many greetings and close knowledge of families at the end of most of his letters to the churches). And he both commended the physical family and their obedience to Deut 6:6-7 (see 2 Tim 1:5, 3:14-15), AND supplemented / supported the physical family by mentoring some younger guys (1 Tim 1:2, Titus 1:4). What a beautiful progression… Paul meets Timothy and apparently saw both huge potential and likely a gap where Paul could help (see Acts 16:1-3 and note that Timothy’s physical father is NOT mentioned in 2 Tim 1:5). And see the sweetness of (and powerful implications for physical fathers) Phil 2:19-22 and how Paul and Timothy ministered together like a father-son team.

PSALM 89 – From ESV Study Bible summary of this Psalm: [”This psalm is for those who acknowledge the house of David as their legitimate ruler, i.e., for the united kingdom under David and Solomon, and for Judah after the division. (The prophets also instructed the people of the northern kingdom that their hope lay with David’s house, cf. Hos. 3:5; Amos 9:11.) Crises during this period, including the exile to Babylon, would have been suitable occasions to sing this psalm. Christians sing this too, recognizing that, in Jesus, God has kept his promises to David, forcefully displaying his steadfast love and faithfulness. Under no circumstances will God ever “reject” (Ps. 89:38) Jesus; and even though God may be displeased with his people, and chastise them, he will not allow their mission to fail. As this psalm reassured God’s people of old, so it reassures Christians that God’s steadfast love and faithfulness are a solid foundation for the promise to David, even when it feels like God has abandoned that promise.”]

Optional 1 Cor 7:32-40 – See notes above about how beautifully this fits with Deut 6.