Summary: The passage we are going to look at today is from Deuteronomy 6 and has much to share with us about the topic of “discipleship” especially because this passage is quoted by Jesus in Matthew (22:37), Mark (12:29-30), and Luke (10:27).
OLD SCHOOL DISCIPLESHIP
INTRODUCTION… “Old School” (p)
If you use the phrase “Old School,” you are using a slang phrase that means “anything from an earlier era that is looked upon with respect.” (urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=old%20school). It is very similar to the phrase “back in the day.”
Super Mario 3 is an “old school” video game.
Harry Houdini is an “old school” magician.
Knight Rider is an “old school” action TV show.
Vinyl record and a turntable is an “old school” way of listening to music.
Looney Tunes are “old school” children’s cartoons.
Making spaghetti sauce from scratch is “old school.”
Pin the tail on the donkey is an “old school” birthday game.
Today we are going to continue our emphasis on “discipleship” (as we have done all month), but we are going to take a step back and look at discipleship from a different perspective. All of the passages we have looked at thus far have been in the New Testament and come from Jesus Christ. Today, we are going to look at the Old Testament at an example of “old school” discipleship. The Old Testament is not without passages that inform us about discipleship. Moses and Joshua can teach us. Elijah and Elisha can teach us. King Josiah can teach us. Some of the proverbs can teach us. The passage we are going to look at today is from Deuteronomy 6 and has much to share with us about the topic of “discipleship” especially because this passage is quoted by Jesus in Matthew (22:37), Mark (12:29-30), and Luke (10:27).
READ Deuteronomy 6:1-12
“These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you. 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. 10 When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you-- a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant-- then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”