When you lie down and when you rise…

Deuteronomy 6:4-9
4“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

This was very much the “Creed” of the Old Testament people of God.  It was the Lord, Yahweh, who brought the people of Israel out of Egypt and into the promised land.  At Sinai, God spoke to His people and gave them His Word.  We often think about this strictly in terms of the 10 Commandments, in terms of Law… but we often forget the very heart of the Gospel spoken to the people on that mountain as well:

20“When your son asks you in time to come, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies and the statutes and the rules that the Lord our God has commanded you?’ 21then you shall say to your son, ‘We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt. And the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22And the Lord showed signs and wonders, great and grievous, against Egypt and against Pharaoh and all his household, before our eyes. 23And he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in and give us the land that he swore to give to our fathers.

You see for many of us, the command to disciple all nations (Matthew 28:18-20) need not fill us with guilt because we are not going to the ends of the earth in far flung places.  Rather, as Christ gave this the word he used that we translate as “go” (and often confuse for a command) is really a word that modifies the command to “disciple”.  I like to translate it “in your going, make disciples of all nations… baptizing… teaching…”  This puts the “go” into the realm of vocation.  Where has God put you?  For many, this is right within the walls of your own household as parent.  So what does it look like to make disciples?

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