Random thought as we are reading through Exodus:
Why does Scripture have to be SO repetitive?
He’s the Father.
When you have kids, you realize how much you have to keep saying the same thing over and over and OVER if they’re ever going to learn what you’re telling them.
Our Heavenly Father repeats Himself. He knows we won’t learn and apply His words the first time. It must permeate our minds and hearts over time. When you realize the King of the Universe will persist in teaching His children, it is easier to accept that you will need long periods of persistence as you teach your own children.
Also note how much “I am the LORD(YHWH)” intermixes with His commands. He could have said Who He is at the beginning and left it at that. Instead, throughout His house rules He says “because I AM the Dad and I said so.” We can also hold our God-given authority as parents to solidify our instruction. “Because I said so,” is enough. As children mature, they can have reasons explained to them, but the security in our authority remains.
They say kids don’t come with a manual, but I think we have a pretty clear parenting guide in the Bible.