What Does it Mean?

“When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What do the provisions and the statutes and the judgments mean which the Lord our God commanded you?'” (Deuteronomy 6:20 NASB) The Israelites were to tell their sons of their past as slaves in Egypt and the mighty hand of God who deliver them.

“So, the Lord commanded us to follow (revere) all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God for our own good always and for our survival, as it is today. And it will be righteousness for us if we are careful to follow all this commandment before the Lord our God, just as He commanded us. (Deuteronomy 6:24-25 NASB)

Do Jewish kids still ask their fathers “what does it mean”? “Why is God silent? Why the rituals?” Or do they even care? But if some do, have they been told they must cry out first? “Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Matthew 23:39 NASB) I wonder how God will again deliver one third of Israel, while bringing judgement upon the rest?

“And it will come about in all the land,” Declares the Lord, “That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in it.” And I will bring the third part through the fire, Refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are My people,’ And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.'” (Zechariah 13:8-9 NASB)

When this comes about Gentiles will no longer have opportunity to tell family, friends or neighbors the good news about Jesus. A portion of Romans 11:25, “the fullness of the Gentiles has come in” tells me that believers will then be gone to be with our Lord or left with the rest who reject Jesus to the end. I can appreciate those who believe in an early rapture, better to leave evil behind and not suffer the wrath of man, but maybe God still has more refining to do. In either case tell your children, don’t wait for them to ask.