A Biblical Theology for the 4/14 Window Based Upon Deuteronomy 6

by Steven R. Entsminger

D6 Family Ministry Journal (Volume 1)





Abstract: This paper examines the demographic concept of the 4/14 Window, children between the ages of four and fourteen, and the instructions given by Moses to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 6. This text contains the Shema, which specifically charges the Israelite parents and instructs them how to teach the commandments of God to their children. God’s plan, as seen throughout the Scriptures, has been for parents to instruct their children in the commands of God. God promised His blessings as generation to generation loved and obeyed Him. But neglect and disobedience brought disaster upon Israel. Today, God’s people need to heed the instruction of Deuteronomy 6, taking special care to train the children, to avoid similar disaster.

Steven R. Entsminger is a missionary with the Assemblies of God World Missions in Spain. Steven is also currently a doctoral student at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.