(note: I am revising some of this content so check back for updates)
First, understand the reason you need to memorize Scripture: Scripture memorization is a commandment from God.
What did Jesus say was the first and greatest commandment?
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mk 12:30
Jesus was quoting Deuteronomy 6:4-5. Throughout Deuteronomy, God explains that concept: To love God, we are to obey God. Let’s focus on Deuteronomy chapter 11.
Read Deuteronomy 11 and see if you see what I see:
V1 – God reminds us of the greatest commandment
V2-7 – God reviews what he has already done – proof that He is able and willing to work miracles for us, through us, and in us. Think about the context of this chapter: The Israelites had seen God do many miracles in Egypt and part the Red Sea to save them.
V8-9 – God reiterates that blessings follow obedience
V10-12 – God ties in the parable of sowing seed (we will come back to this below)
V13-15 – To make sure we get it, God recaps v1-12
V16-17 – God warns against sowing bad seed. When we allow sin, evil, malice, discontent, or the like to enter and grow in our minds by watching violent/immoral television, participating in gossip, or harboring bitterness, we are corrupting our land which will inhibit the growth of the good seed of God’s Word.
V18a – Our key verse – Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds… God tells us to write his Word in our hearts and minds. Scripture memory is not an option, it is a commandment.
V18b-20 – God gives us memorization tips (We’ll explore these in depth in part 3)
V21-25 – God promises that as we do our part, He will drive out nations before us and give us victory. God never commands us to do anything without also providing His divine empowerment. He does not abandon us to struggle in our own strength, He delivers us through his mighty power.
V26-28 – God challenges us to obey. As much as He wants us to obey, it is still our choice.
V29-32 – God frames this chapter. These instructions were given to God’s chosen people, the Israelites, just before they entered into the Promised Land. God has chosen and adopted you; are you ready to inherit your promised land?
Bringing it back to Jesus’ words and the parable of the sower, read Luke 8:15 – But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. Meditating and memorizing Scripture is sowing seed into our lives. And the principle of sowing and reaping states that you will reap what you sow, later than you sow, and more than you sow. If you sow negative thoughts, you will become more negative. If you sow God’s Word, you will become more godly. Therefore, rid your daily lives of negative influences as much as possible and sow God’s good Word in your mind.
What have we learned here?
- God commands us to put His Word in our hearts and minds
- God has promised to empower us to do it
- God promises abundant blessings when we obey
So, what are we waiting for? Let’s go!
Next: Step 2 – Prepare