10 Then Moses commanded them: “At the end of every seven years, in the year for canceling debts, during the Festival of Tabernacles, 11 when all Israel comes to appear before the Lord your God at the place he will choose, you shall read this law before them in their hearing. 12 Assemble the people—men, women and children, and the foreigners residing in your towns—so they can listen and learn to fear the Lord your God and follow carefully all the words of this law. 13 Their children, who do not know this law, must hear it and learn to fear the Lord your God as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”
The laws were to be read so that everyone, even the children, could hear them. Every seven years the entire nation would gather together and listen as a priest would read the law to them. Because there were no books, Bibles, or websites to spread God’s Word, they relied on word of mouth and memorization. Memorizing was an important part of worship. By memorizing , everyone knew the law. So, what do we do today? How does God’s purpose for your life get fulfilled? You need God’s Word in your heart and mind. For the Hebrews, this began in childhood. Today, teaching our children and new believers should be a top priority. Work to teach and show young believers how to follow God in all life’s situations. And, if you have not worked on your own heart and mind by putting God’s Word in them, then, start doing that. Do not put off for tomorrow what you can start today.