As someone who works in the Infection Control department at a hospital, you can probably imagine that number of calls our department receives in a day from people with corona virus questions. Though we rarely interact with individual patients, we have been getting calls for days now from doctor’s offices, emergency rooms and other healthcare professionals with questions related to this spreading virus. Many of the questions we field deal with what precautions are needed to prevent the spread of the sickness should a patient present with symptoms consistent with Covid-19. In other words, once someone presents who is positive for it, how can we ensure it doesn’t get passed around to anyone else?
While we certainly understand we don’t want sicknesses to get transmitted to others, our reading today reminds of something we should be diligently sharing. Psalms chapter 78 starts out by saying, “Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.” Skipping down to verse 4 we read, “We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord.” And again in verse 6, “That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children.”
It should go without saying for most of us, but it certainly bears repeating, that God’s desire for the many of us who are parents, or grandparents, is that we pass along God’s Word on a regular basis to our children or grandchildren. Unfortunately many Christian parents fail at this. The assumption is made that if I bring them to church 1-3 times a week, and even maybe send them to Christian school, that my children will get all of the Bible training they need. “After all, isn’t that why we pay the pastor and have a Christian school tuition bill?” However, God’s design is for the parents to be the ones responsible for the bulk of scriptural teaching that goes on in a family. This teaching should take the form of both regularly scheduled teaching times, i.e family devotions, as well as the moments that present themselves throughout our daily lives. Parents/grandparents, let’s not shirk our responsibility to help pass on Scriptural truths to the next generation.