Recently, I felt impressed by the Lord to spend some time meditating on and studying in the sixth chapter of Deuteronomy. I have always liked this passage and how it laid out the parental responsibility of indoctrinating our children with the Word of God. After several minutes of meditating on the following verses…
I had broken them down into four commands and “diagrammed” each one with a keyword assigned to each command. (Yes, those key words were alliterated :)) During the next hour, as I just pondered the commands, the Holy Spirit was doing a work in my heart concerning my responsibilities as a father towards my children. In the next four posts, I am going to share some things with you that the Lord has and continues to show me in His Word. The four key thoughts that we will look at are the following: The Teaching, The Talking, The Tethering, and The Tracing of the Scriptures. However, this not the order that we will look at them. As is indicated by the title of this post, we will first look at “The Tracing of the Scriptures.” The last command reads like this, “And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” Here, God is commanding the people of Israel to write, or, to trace the Scriptures. Tracing the Word of God is a very important thing for every Christian to be involved in doing. When it comes to memorizing Bible verses, the writing out of the verses is considered to play a key part in the process. In his book, Homiletics from the Heart, John Goetsch writes…
“Get some cards and write the verses out on those ‘memory’ cards. It doesn’t matter what size yo use – it depends on how good your eyes are….Writing the verses out on these cards is the first process of memorizing…There is great value in writing verses out in long hand. God commanded it to be done in the Old Testament.”
Goetsch goes on to quote two passages from the Old Testament. The first is the same one that we are already studying. Recalling the other passage is what really stick out to me during this time of study. In the seventeenth chapter of Deuteronomy, in the eighteenth verse, we read the following, “And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites:” The Kings of Israel were required to hand write their own personal copy of the first five books of the Bible, the Pentateuch. There is no doubt that such a task would be a time consuming endeavor, especially for one who was charged with the responsibility of running the kingdom of Israel. Yet, this was the order that God set before “His anointed.” God wanted His man to be very familiar with Him and His Word, if he was going to lead the children of Israel.
With these thoughts in mind and recognizing that in the context of the sixth chapter of Deuteronomy, God was speaking to parents in the raising of their children, I began to ask the Lord how I could practically apply this command. After praying about it for several days and discussing it with my wife, I sat down with my children and laid out before them a new project that they were going to begin.
Our children are 10, 6, and 5. Every day they two younger ones write three verses from the book of Proverbs in their journals. The oldest child writes six verses each day. In less than a year the boys will have written the book once, and our daughter will have completed it twice. At this point the plan is to stay in Proverbs for a few years. I believe that this will help them to become very familiar with this important book. Praise the Lord that this project was not met with a single complaint. Instead they have all jumped in wholeheartedly and been very excited.
After I explained everything to them, I did add a bonus. If they write out their verses each week faithfully, I will add a dollar to their savings (Multi Purpose Training). We will split the dollar between their long and short term accounts. I did this to reward con
sistency and faithfulness, not to bribe them to do the work.
These are a few thoughts on “The Tracing of the Scriptures.” I trust that you have been blessed. Let me know of any ideas that you come up with.