Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.
Make the Signs Obvious
I was going door-to-door, telling people about Jesus in a community in Florida. Every home I stopped at had a little metal plaque nailed to the doorframe. It had Hebrew letters on it. Those little signs made it obvious that Jewish people lived in that home, and they had read the words of today’s reading from the Bible, “Write these words of mine on the doorframes of your houses.” Many Jewish people take these words quite literally. They nail God’s Word to the doorframes of their houses.
But it is clear from the Bible that God doesn’t want his people to simply nail his Word to the frames around the doors of our houses. He wants us to have his Word in our hearts and minds. He wants us to be talking about them all the time, at home or away, at night or by day. And he definitely wants us to be teaching them to our children.
Why are these words so important? Because in his Word, he gives us the words and promises about Jesus, our Savior. Jesus is the way to heaven. Knowing that through him, we have forgiveness and eternal life is the most comforting truth imaginable. No wonder our gracious God wants us to keep his Word close to us!
Dear Lord, may your Word always fill my mind and heart. Amen.