Deuteronomy 11:18-21 – “Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 20 And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.” NKJV
When Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tested by the devil He continually refuted the devil with IT IS WRITTEN. Our Lord said, “It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word, that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” The Bible makes it clear that THE WORD is Jesus and that TRUTH is the Word of the Father. We also know from Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” THE WORD OF GOD is not just important it is Life and Death. We are told in Proverbs 18:21 that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Nothing is more vital to Life than God’s Word and Words.
As the people of God were about to enter the Promised Land, Canaan God gave them in instruction as to how they were to saturate themselves with the word of God. He informed that it would be critical to their longevity in the land. The prescription of God for the success, longevity, prosperity, and permanence of Israel in the land involved their saturating themselves with the Word of God. Moses instructed them that every adult was to so invest themselves in the Word of God that they were literally saturated. They were also to instill in the hearts and minds of their children with the Word of God. This was not simply praying over the children and occasionally reading a passage but to teach the children in the home, when they got up in the morning and before they lay down at night, and when they walked by the way. Simply, they were to consistently and continually inculcate that word in the hearts and minds of the children. This is part of training up a child in the way he/she should go and he/she will not depart from it. This is or should be a massive undertaking with a sense of incredible importance.
America was founded with an understanding of that principle and one of the Founders and Framers, Benjamin Rush took the lead in promoting and insisting on the Bible being included in public education. Rush founded five universities and wrote numerous textbooks based on the importance of the Bible being taught to our children. He and many if not most of our founders believe that God’s Word, Principles, and Precepts were vital for the longevity of the nation and the continuation of that ideal that was at the heart of the Republic they established for us.
He gave five reasons for preferring the Bible as a schoolbook over all over compositions. He contended, and I agree, that Christianity is the only true and perfect religion; and that in proportion as mankind adopt its principles and obey its precepts, they will be wise and happy. He contended that a better knowledge of this religion is to be acquired by reading the Bible than in any other way. Additionally, his basis was that the Bible contains more knowledge necessary to man in his present state than any other book in the world. Also, he contended that knowledge is most durable and religious instruction most useful when imparted in early life. Finally, he believed that the Bible, when not read in schools is seldom read in any subsequent period of life. He believed that the earlier we impart the knowledge of the Bible to our children the more likely they are to not stray from its precepts and thereby preserve the Republic from generation to generation.
We cannot KNOW God if we do not know His Word. We cannot KNOW God if we do not commune with Him. We cannot KNOW God if we abandon His precepts and principles taught in His word. If we saturate ourselves in His word we will find that we have an answer for every man for the reason of the hope that is in us. We also find that when the enemy comes in like a flood we have a shield (God’s Word) can block that attack. We are able to face the deceiver, as Jesus did in the wilderness and having done all to stand to stand in the Word and declare IT IS WRITTEN!
I encourage you to invest and immerse yourself in the Word of God and become Saturated with that Word. For it brings healing, hope, salvation, deliverance, and victory! God, bless you richly is my prayer!