We learned yesterday about the tradition of Orthodox Jewish children memorizing the first five books of the Bible, also known as the Torah. Today, I want to point out how that practice is proof of just how much the Hebrew culture values and treasures their children.
When we have kids, we love them tremendously and want the very best for them. As Christians, this typically means that we desire for them to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to know His Word and His ways. Accordingly, one of the most powerful things we can do for our offspring — whether biological or spiritual — is to teach them to love the truth of Scripture and to adore the Rabbi Jesus. While it’s natural to want them to excel in other areas, guiding them in how to treasure the Bible should always be at the top of our priority list. There’s an old saying in the Mishna, which is the oral tradition of Torah, that says that greater honor is ascribed to a young man’s rabbi than to his father, for his father brought him into this world, but his rabbi, who taught him wisdom, brings him into the world to come.
Friend, spiritual parenting of your children, grandchildren, or other young people has eternal impact and it builds a legacy that will long outlast you. Devote yourself to loving, modeling, and teaching the Word of God, and you will influence generations on earth while also expanding the Kingdom of Heaven. Instruct your children to revere the Scriptures and you will cultivate world-changers who leave this planet better than they found it!