Bible . . . More Than a School Subject
August 16, 2023
The Most Important Job
One of the clearest and most well-known sets of parenting instructions involves discipling our kids in God’s Word. In Deuteronomy 6:6-9, ESV, God instructs us through Moses:
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Now, we usually don’t literally write God’s Word on paper bound to our foreheads. Instead, we help write God’s Word on our children’s hearts.
How do we teach God’s Word diligently to our children? As God instructs us: we do it when we go for walks, when we have breakfast, at bedtime, and as we sit together. God’s Word is meant to be a regular, ongoing part of our kids’ day.
There’s another passage I really, really love. Isaiah 55:10-11, ESV, is such an encouraging promise from the Lord:
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
Teaching the Bible to our kids is the job that God has entrusted us with. It’s a command. And, leading our kids through Scripture is a joy! There is so much we can to do help our kids learn and love the Bible. God’s Word is more than just a half-hour class. We can trust that God’s Word will not return empty. Rather, we can trust that He will accomplish His purpose in us—and in our children.
Editor’s Note: Head to the Freebies section to see the free printable “Bible Study Tips” to use in your homeschool.
About the author
Danika Cooley is an award-winning children’s author who blogs about Bible books, crafts, activities, and snacks at Thinking Kids. Her books include Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible and the Who What Why Series, a line of Christian history for 8–11-year-olds. Grab your free three-week sample of her popular Bible Road Trip™ curriculum.
Is Bible More Than a Subject?
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:5-9, ESV).
What does this great Shema of the Bible mean for homeschool Christians today? This is a passage that communicates to us to disciple our children. Period. The home is where they learn about the High King of Heaven and to not forget the deeds He has done. It is also the place they learn moral instruction and Truth from the living Word.
Though it’s nice to be able to have several Bible curriculums to choose from, it’s more than just a subject. As a matter of fact, it’s the very core of all the subjects. It is the way of life that the Lord wants us to live to educate our children to love the Lord and make Him known to them.
When Jesus said, “you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind” (Matthew 22:37, ESV), He was quoting this key passage from the Old Testament as the greatest commandment in the Law.
So, make Bible the greatest subject of all subjects!