In reading through the book of Deuteronomy I had to pause at a verse which was directed to the people of Israel about what they should do at their Feast of Tabernacles during which all Israel was to assemble and the law of God was to be read to them. There is a process in these words that would apply to Bible learning even today.
“Assemble the people, the men and the women and children and the alien who is in your town, so that they may hear and learn and fear the LORD your God, and be careful to observe all the words of this law.” (Deut. 31:12, NASB)
Notice four elements:
3) fear the Lord
Not only should these four elements be a part of the Bible learning process but they seem to show a progression in that process.
Think about the implications:
- You should look for curriculum that includes these elements.
- Bible teachers should teach in ways that help students work through this process.
- If the curriculum is missing or is weak in one of these elements, Bible teachers need to know how to “tweak” the curriculum to add or strengthen it.
In the next four posts we are going to take a closer look at each of the four elements. You can subscribe to the blog to receive e-mail notice of new posts.