In our F260 readings this week we are blessed with some memory verses from Deuteronomy 6 that many of us may already know pretty well. Verses 4-9 offer us some great truth and instruction, so I’m thankful we have the opportunity to study and learn what God has to share. Right out of the gate starting with verses 4-5, we get a great truth and the part we may know best of all “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.”
Jesus referenced this in Matthew 22:38 as “The first and greatest commandment”, so that reference alone makes it stand out and be worth engraving in our hearts as is stated in Deuteronomy 22:6 “And these words I command to you today shall be on our heart” which means always with us and a part of everything we think and do. In verse Deuteronomy 22:7, the word says “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise”. This is suggesting to us that these teachings should go on at all times and in all situations. Deuteronomy 22:8-9 says “You shall bind them as a sign on your hands and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the door post of your house and on your gates”. Which is telling us it should be ever present in our lives, in the work of our hands, in our homes and on our doorpost for all to see. We are to live out the love we have for God in all we do and we are to share that through living it and teaching it everyday!
These verses offer great truths from God’s word, and while it may be more difficult to live it and teach it in our daily lives than it is to believe the fact that God is the One and Only True God, we know we can focus and believe in what Deuteronomy 22:4 & 5 say that “The Lord our God, the Lord is one” and if we love him with all of our heart and all of our soul and with all of our might, He will give us the strength to better live it out everyday. Let’s pray God will give us His strength daily to live for him in everything we do.
And as we approach Easter, let’s also pray that God will lay a burden on our hearts for someone that we can invite to church to hear the greatest news of all… that Jesus is Alive and sitting at the right hand of our God on our behalf every day.