Teach Your Children Well

John Koedyker

READ : Joshua 4:1-7; 21-24

“In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’” (vv. 21-22 NIV)

Rock legends Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young had a popular song that began, “You who are on the road, must have a code that you can live by . . . Teach your children well.”

That is a good code to live by. Actually, it was God’s idea from the beginning. In Genesis 17:7, God said, “I will establish my covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you” (NIV). An important part of being a believing parent is to pass on the faith to our children. Peter put it this way: “The promise is for you and your children and all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:39 NIV).

The same principle was in operation as Israel crossed the Jordan. There was a reason for that pile of rocks on the river bank. “When your children ask, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them . . . “

Are you passing the story of the great things God has done on to the next generation?


Lord, help us to teach our children well. Amen.