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By Daniel C. Juster, Director
The Scripture tells parents, especially fathers, "You shall teach them [that is, the commandments] diligently to your children." (Deuteronomy 6:7) The context of this parental mandate is the Sh'ma, which teaches absolute commitment to God and His standards beginning with the command to love Him with all our heart, soul, strength and might. Furthermore, we are told to talk of these commands when we sit in our house, when we walk by the way and when we lie down and rise up. The central confession of Jewish biblical faith is thus connected to life and instruction in the family. In the New Covenant Scriptures - echoing and confirming the instructions given through Moses - fathers are told to raise their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:5). The New Covenant commands take front and center, including the commands of Yeshua and His apostles. These include abiding in the Vine and walking in the Spirit. Again the family is paramount.
The Loss of the Next Generation
In the past I have lamented that we have lost a great number of our next generation. There are several reasons: the failure to disciple through the life of the congregation, the influence of higher educational institutions where our young people are socialized into immorality and secular thinking, congregational life that is perceived by our young as irrelevant and lacking power to transform people's lives. We have not prepared young people for their college years and do not provide supportive institutions for them during those years so they might stand strong. More critically, however, both the general Church world and the Messianic Jewish world in particular share a central problem: that we have not trained our people sufficiently in marriage and family life.
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