The good news is that in most cases, the spouse isn’t hostile but is more apathetic about leading Family Time lessons that teach Biblical stories, principles and values. So, if your spouse is just apathetic, then for the sake of your children go ahead and lead a weekly Family Time with your kids.
The story in Exodus 4:24 is both shocking and profound. Moses has been living in Midian for 40 years. During that time he married and had two sons. In Exodus 4, Moses is returning from Midian to Egypt where God has told him to lead the Israelites out of slavery and into the Promised Land.
On the way back, in verse 24, it says that God came to kill Moses. What? God has been preparing Moses for 40 years to lead the Israelites. Why would God come to kill him?
Moses had not circumcised his sons. If you were a Jewish father, there was one thing you knew for certain, circumcision is the sign of the covenant with God and every son is to be circumcised. So what happens? Moses’ wife, Zipporah, grabs a knife, circumcises the boys and verse 25 says, God left Moses alone.
It appears Moses was apathetic about fulfilling God’s commandment. Zipporah saved her husband’s life and in this case, took the spiritual lead.
If your spouse is apathetic about teaching the faith at home…then for the sake of your children take the lead.
Sometimes the spouse is not apathetic, instead, they feel unqualified or embarrassed to teach their children. (The truth is that almost everyone who starts doing Bible teaching at home for the first time feels a little insecure and unqualified.) In this case, invite your spouse to be in the room and participate by watching or doing the activity. If younger children see both parents in the room, they will see both mom and dad leading Family Time.
Is the Spirit encouraging you to have Bible teaching in your home? Do you feel your spouse is at a different place? For the sake of your kids, go ahead and lead a weekly lesson. Through encouragement not nagging, leave the door open for your spouse to watch and help. If your spouse shows signs of getting more involved then praise God and provide as much support as you can!
How do you obey God’s command to: “Teach your children about me.” (Deuteronomy 4:10)?
By Kirk Weaver
Husband to Trudi
Dad to two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Founder and Executive Director of Family Time Training