10 July 2013

Deuteronomy 11:18-28

"Diligently observe this entire commandment that I am commanding you, loving the Lord your God, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him." (v. 22)


In our house there is 'the naughty step'. And many others parents have the same (or something similar). It's where the child sits a while (typically a minute of each year of their age), to think about what they have done. For many, it's an effective method of discipline, as a young child learns boundaries and what is (and what is not) acceptable behaviour.

But the naughty step is only one part of a process of obedience and discipline. There is the need for written rules (or pictures) reminding the child of what is expected of them. And there is a verbal warning or reminder to the child to change their behaviour, with the step being the consequence if it is ignored.

Can you see any parallels in today's with the way God's treats God's own children? Verses 18-21 are the written reminders; verses 26-28 are the warning.

Whether you are a young child learning appropriate behaviour, or one of God's children learning the way to live, you discover that actions have consequences - good or bad.

To Ponder

  • How do you respond to discipline, whether it be human discipline or God's discipline?
  • How easy do you find it to discipline others -either in a work, a family or a church context? Why?
  • At the end of a child sitting on the naughty step, the parent reminds the child why they were put there and the child has to have some understanding of this and say sorry. It ends with the parent and the child having a hug or cuddle, so a right relationship is restored. What are the parallels in your faith and relationship with God? 

Bible notes author

Ken Kingston

Ken Kingston preaches in the High Wycombe Circuit. He has worked for the Connexional Team since 1992 in a variety of roles and has been involved in 'Called by Name' and 'Time to Talk of God' amongst others.