And God said, “Let there be light, ” and there was light. Genesis 1:3
Language is what God used in Genesis chapter one to create the universe and everything in it.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
Language is a powerful tool of persuasion. The Greek word, ‘Word’ that John uses here also means Logos, which means logic. People have written entire books on this word in this passage, because the names of God have that much power and that much meaning.Language is so important that God calls himself the Word.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
and the name by which he is called is a The Word of God. Revelations 19:13
God has told you the way to teach your children is through language:
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Language has the power to change hearts and to bring light into a world or a soul filled with darkness. More importantly this is a command of the Lord to talk with your children. Through talk we improve our children’s language skills. And through conversation we improve their thinking skills. Through conversation we get to know them better and they us.
It was here in Deuteronomy where I began to understand something of what the bible was teaching about parenting. This passage was a wedge. It let a crack of light in and it would lead me to see how buried into the heart of “modern” culture was a purposeful division between us, our children, and our God. And it was first put there through conversation.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” Genesis 3:1
To send our children to an institutional school is to have someone else, who we don’t know well, whose worldview we don’t know well, if at all, to do the talking to our children. Someone else to fill their hearts and minds. Someone for whom it is to their advantage to remove the influence of parents, family, and God.
After preparing the earth for mankind God created man, and then he created marriage and family. There was food and shelter, and then, later, there was clothing. They were to work the garden together. They were not to spend everyday constantly busy and constantly divided. There wasn’t any instituting of government school. In Deuteronomy God instructed the Israelites to educate their children on a daily basis as part of everyday life and work.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.You shall teach them diligently to your children,and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:6-7