VERSE OF THE DAY
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Hear children of the nation the lord our God for he is one Lord is one for ye shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul with all your might and all you have.
What Does Deuteronomy 6:4 Mean? ►
“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!
Following the judgements in Eden, the flood and the tower of Babel man continued to rebel against the Lord and delighted to serve and worship the creation rather than the Creator, and so God took the little nation of Israel to be His chosen people.. His holy, set-apart mouthpiece on earth – to proclaim the good news of a coming Messiah, through Whom all the families of the earth would be blessed.
And to the tiny nation of Israel, God made a covenant – that if they would worship Him, trust Him and serve Him alone – He would bless them abundantly, but if they rebelled against Him and worshipped false god’s – they would be punished.
God’s covenant with Abraham was unconditional but the covenant with the nation of Israel depended upon their faithfulness and the first condition was the “Shema’ – the Jewish confession, which means “to hear’, and which states: Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is One.
Living in the center of a corrupted, polytheistic, pagan world, Israel was to proclaim their one, unique God. Morning and evening the God of Israel would be confessed to be the one, only, unique, eternal – living God… affirming Jehovah : Yahwey : Elohim as ONE – and He was to be honoured through their lives and they were to share the good news of God’s love and faithfulness to the nations – but Israel failed to keep their covenant with God
But the God of Israel is infinitely wise and gloriously faithful to His people, and although in His great omniscience He knew they would fail to keep their part of the covenant with Him, He had foreordained that He would one day send His only begotten Son to pay the price for their rebellious failure and multitude of sins. God secreted the Person of the Lord Jesus within Israel’s very confession – that THE LORD our God is ONE. Within the Shema was a precious reference to the ONE Who would set aside His eternal glory and be born in the likeness of sinful man – so that He would save His people from their sins.
By confessing of the Lord is ONE with the plural word: “ELOHIM’, the nation of Israel has for many centuries unwittingly delivered a shaded confession to the unity of the Trinity – the oneness of the Godhead – the uniqueness of Father, Son and Holy Spirit – the tri-unity of the YHWH:- Creator of heaven and earth – Who alone is to be worshipped and glorified for ever and ever, amen
Read: Deuteronomy 6:1-9
Do your parents ever ask you, “Did you hear me?” If they say it with a slightly angry voice, it probably means that you have been asked to do something, but haven’t listened. So when they ask if you have heard them, they mean more than whether you have just heard their words. They are also asking if you have obeyed them.
To “hear” in the Bible means more than just to listen to the words. It means to know and obey. What follows is very important and must be obeyed. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!” The Israelites, and we, must know that the Lord is one. This means that there is only one God. The gods of the Israelites are not gods at all. They can’t do anything at all. God is the only one who must be worshiped.
The Lord, the covenant God, is also one in the sense that he has one purpose and direction. He doesn’t change his mind or get moody. Not at all. The Lord is one, consistent, always the same. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is a God who we can count on. We can believe in his promises.
It is this God that we are commanded to love with our whole heart, soul and strength. We can love him with our whole being, in every part of our life. You can’t just love the Lord on Sundays and forget about him during the rest of the week. You must love the Lord while you are out and about, while you are at school, while you are at a party, when you are in your bedroom, or when you are on the computer. We must love God completely.
To love God in this way you must know him and have a personal relationship with him. You can’t love someone that you don’t know. So, take the time to read and study the Bible. Read it every day and pray to God, asking him to help you to know him better.
Reflection with your child:
What does it mean that the Lord is one?
Source: Sermon by Rev. W. van der Jagt
What Does Deuteronomy 6:5 Mean? ►
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
At the end of their long, 40-year trek in the wilderness, Moses repeated the words of the covenant that God made with Israel, which began, “Hear O Israel, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” But this appears to be an impossible command for fallen man to attain.
We are born dead in sin and at enmity with God. As members of a fallen race, we have all sinned, and all have fallen far short of the goodness and perfection of God. God alone is perfect… so He alone is able to fulfil the command to love with every fibre of His being – for God alone is love.
It is humanly impossible to love the Lord in the way He commands and to love others with that same godly love. No one can love God every moment of the day and in every circumstance of life. As members of humanity, we are bound by our fallen nature, to fall short of His perfection.
Irrespective of the sin we commit on a daily basis, we break this particular command continuously… for it is not humanly possible to love God with all our heart. Indeed, it is impossible to love as Christ loved us – which was the new commandment He gave to each member of the Christian Church.
Once we understand our inability to obey God’s commands and admit our spiritual bankruptcy, we are in a position to admit that we are sinners in need of a Saviour. Indeed, this was the original point of God’s holy law. It was given as a schoolmaster to teach us about Christ. It was a signpost bring us to the foot of the Cross.
Throughout His earthly life, Jesus was seeking to expose this deadly, sinful flaw in mankind’s character. Christ was seeking to show the immensity of our sin against the goodness of God so that He could provide the message of salvation – by grace through faith.
It is by grace through faith in the death, burial, and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, that we.. who are members of His Body, have been cleansed from our sin, made children of God, and clothed in the righteousness of Christ, Himself.
Only the perfect Man – the Lord Christ Jesus, was good enough to pay the enormous price of sin. Only He was capable of loving God with a perfect love. Only in Christ can we be forgiven of sin and only in Christ can we be imputed with His nature and love as He loved us.
Only in the power of Christ can we love the Lord our God with all our heart. Only in Him can we love God with all our soul, and with all our might, and with all our mind, and with all our strength. For it is only as the very love of Christ flows into the heart that has been washed and cleansed by His sacrificial blood, that we can love with a Christ-like love.
It is only as we abide in Him and continue to be filled with His Spirit of love, that the very love of God is poured into our heart from His Father-heart of love. Only as we are filled with His supernatural love from above, are we able to reciprocate that love. Only as we walk in spirit and truth, can we love the Lord our God with all our heart, and mind, and soul, and strength – and thus, become a channel of His love to those that are hurting.
To love the Lord our God with a Christ-like love, is only possible as His love is continuously poured into our heart. The more we imbibe Him, the deeper our love for Him will become. Indeed, as we witness the faithfulness of God in the difficult struggles of life and experience His tender mercies in the painful circumstances through which we must inevitably pass, our love for God can only
A Prayer to Love with All My Heart [Deuteronomy 6:4-5]
Dear God, please help me show You love with all my heart and all my might. Help me not grow weary, help me not waver. Work through me so that the nations of believers and unbelievers see the love that you give us. I pray this in name of the Son, Amen.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. – Deuteronomy 6:4-5 [ESV]