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OrangeWood Christian School Blog What is Education? Teach Diligently- Part 2

Created By: Donald M. Larson, PhDLast week, we continued our exploration about the purpose of education. We looked at God's command to teach our children diligently in Deuteronomy 6:4-9:"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 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." (ESV)We want to continue looking at binding God's command on our hands and as frontlets between our eyes. The Jews wear little boxes on their heads and on their hands that we call phylacteries (Matthew 23:5). This word in Hebrew is tefillin. A tefillin contains four Biblical passages on scrolls of parchment (Exodus 13:1-10; 13:11-16; Deut. 6:4-9; and 11:13-21)."These four passages from the Torah [five books of Moses] all include the commandment to don tefillin as a sign, as a symbol of Jewish faith and devotion. Each of the black boxes comes with leather straps (Hebrew: retzuot) so designed as to enable one to be bound upon the hand and for the other to be worn above the forehead." (To Be a Jew, by Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin, p145, downloaded from http://emp.byui.edu/satterfieldb/tefillin/phylacteries.htm on September 11, 2015.)Every time a Jews reaches for something or raises his hand, he is reminded of God's commands. The box on his forehead or "between his eyes" reminds him that God's Word impacts, shapes, or influences whatever he looks at or thinks about. That is what we are trying to teach at Orangewood - no matter what we do, see, or think, we should be processing everything through the lens of God's Word. But, we can't do this if we do not know God's Word or understand His world - a purpose of education.Can you imagine what would happen if we could put aside our self interest and put God first in our thoughts, actions, lives, and relationships. We could change the world!

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