This free one year kid’s devotional study thru the Bible is designed to hit the highlights, provide practical application and requires no preparation. If you have a little more time, I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Deuteronomy 17) while we focus in on just a few verses in 5 minutes.
Background: God inspired Moses to write the first five books in the Bible. The book of Deuteronomy is the fifth and last book that Moses wrote and its name in means ‘second Law’. Moses is about to die and he addresses a new generation of God’s people. Moses gives a series of sermons to remind them of God’s faithfulness and to exhort them to trust and obey God when they enter the land so that they will enjoy His blessings.
God knows that the tongue is a mighty force and can be used for good or evil. Just because someone accused someone else of doing wrong, didn’t mean that it was true. So through Moses He gave some specific instruction about this.
Ask the children…
For such a severe penalty, what did Moses warn the people not to do?
“But never put a person to death on the testimony of only one witness.” (Deuteronomy 17:6)
Who else needed to prove that the accusations were true? What did they need to do to prove what they were saying?
“There must always be two or three witnesses. 7 The witnesses must throw the first stones.” (Deuteronomy 17:6, 7)
It wasn’t enough for someone just to bring an accusation. They needed to be willing to accuse along with other witnesses and then participate in the punishment, in this case stoning someone to death. If someone was not willing to throw a stone then chances are they did not really believe what they were saying. Gossip is much like this. It doesn’t cost someone anything to accuse someone else of things. But if they were to have to face the person they were gossiping about or participate in the punishment, it would probably stop a lot of gossip.
Ask your children the last time they heard someone gossip or they did it themselves? What could they have done to verify that what was said was true? Ask someone to say it in front of the other person and bring some others to confirm it. Otherwise they shouldn’t be saying it and we shouldn’t be listening.
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