Children: Assignment 4

Yup, can you, will you, explain this in your own words?

Deuteronomy  14:1

1You are the children of the Lord your God.  Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for the dead,

                Romans 9:8

                8In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.

Common question: Why does the bible say this this and this when it doesn’t apply to my life?  Why all the rules we don’t follow anymore?

God calls us to live to a higher standard.  He set apart his people from the pagans by making these rules.  Maybe when this verse was written there was a trend to mourn for the dead by shaving the front of the head.  To me that doesn’t mean that you can’t shave the front of your head ever, but pay attention to the context of the “rule” and what God is saying.  People have the tone wrong when they read the Bible blind to it.  They miss all the emotion and no wonder when Satan attacks the Bible to make it boring and dry.  It was said that when you read the Bible as a letter to a friend you can grasp all the rules and passion behind it when you apply it to your own life.  Don’t shave the front of your heads for the dead, that’s unnecessary, don’t tattoo yourselves to show what you believe, that’s unnecessary, I am your God and I will show Myself through you without you having to act like a pagan who finds it necessary to self proclaim their deity.  God is more than capable of showing Himself in your life if you let Him.  And God is more than capable of showing Himself through you even if you did get a tattoo.  I can touch on that in another assignment.

The verse from the new Testament touches on the children of God and who are the children of God.  That will be another assignment in a different project.

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Children: Assignment 2

Explain in your own words what this means to you.

Deuteronomy 4:9-10

9Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live.  Teach them to your children and to their children after them.  10Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when He said to me, “Assemble the people before Me to hear My words so that they may learn to revere Me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.”

                Exodus 10:2

                2that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and   how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the Lord.”

                Exodus 12:26-27

                26 And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ 27then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when He struck down the Egyptians.’

Common Question:  Why do I need to keep doing this tradition?  It can be any tradition…

Teach history to your children.  Remind them about what brought them here.  It’s a sad state when the progressive movement encourages ignorance.  Only bad can come from ignorance.  Traditions remind us of the past as long as they are not distorted or the meaning has been changed.  When that happens the tradition is useless and it’s time to move on.  Hold on to the history of the tradition or do something else.  No one “steals” a tradition.  If it’s a tradition worth holding onto because the past behind it is sound then the tradition is sound.  If it reminds you of God and what He did, do it.  Even if no one else does.