The Greatest Commandment?
When Jesus is asked about the greatest commandment, what is the first thing He says?
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 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 12:29-30, NIV)
Jesus quotes the most fundamental confession of the Old Testament, the Shema (Dt. 6:4-9) — which devout Jews still recite daily every morning and night (in addition to Dt. 11:13-21 and Num 15:37-41).
- Through Christ’s sacrifice, we are now God’s people under the New Covenant (Jer 31:31-33 cf. 1 Cor 11:25)
- We are to be His kingdom of priests (Ex 19:6 cf. 1 Pet 2:9) – intermediaries between God and all nations
- We belong to Him exclusively, therefore we should not cheat on Him. No shared loyalty; forsaking all others
- We should love because of the LORD’s nature, work, and promise. An incredible God who has done incredible things and has promised incredible things deserves incredible devotion
- Because God gave us everything through grace, we should love God with everything through faith
- Let us all listen to and hide His words in our hearts (cf. Ps 119:11)
- Let us all impress God’s commands onto the next generation – repeatedly
- Let us all constantly remind ourselves and others of God’s commands and love – inwardly and outwardly
I opened with this humorous clip as we began our discussion on what is means to listen. When a parent or someone in authority says “Listen!” it means more than merely “hear” — it generally means obey. This cupcake-craving kid has his roles reversed.
Feast of Unleavened Bread
The Feast of Unleavened Bread is celebrated seven days after Passover. Israel had to leave Egypt so quickly, they could not pack yeast (IVP; cf. Ex 12:14-20). I used this a clip of this video (1:00-1:26) as a comical example of people rushing out of town.
Context of Deuteronomy
Though I fast-tracked through Israelite history a bit in the early slides, I showed about half of this helpful, animated video that outlines Deuteronomy.
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Hebrew Text (BHS)
4 שְׁמַ֖ע יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵ֖ינוּ יְהוָ֥ה׀ אֶחָֽד׃
5 וְאָ֣הַבְתָּ֔ אֵ֖ת יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ בְּכָל־לְבָבְךָ֥ וּבְכָל־נַפְשְׁךָ֖ וּבְכָל־מְאֹדֶֽךָ׃
6 וְהָי֞וּ הַדְּבָרִ֣ים הָאֵ֗לֶּה אֲשֶׁ֨ר אָנֹכִ֧י מְצַוְּךָ֛ הַיּ֖וֹם עַל־לְבָבֶֽךָ׃
7 וְשִׁנַּנְתָּ֣ם לְבָנֶ֔יךָ וְדִבַּרְתָּ֖ בָּ֑ם בְּשִׁבְתְּךָ֤ בְּבֵיתֶ֨ךָ֙ וּבְלֶכְתְּךָ֣ בַדֶּ֔רֶךְ וּֽבְשָׁכְבְּךָ֖ וּבְקוּמֶֽךָ׃
8 וּקְשַׁרְתָּ֥ם לְא֖וֹת עַל־יָדֶ֑ךָ וְהָי֥וּ לְטֹטָפֹ֖ת בֵּ֥ין עֵינֶֽיךָ׃
9 וּכְתַבְתָּ֛ם עַל־מְזוּזֹ֥ת בֵּיתֶ֖ךָ וּבִשְׁעָרֶֽיךָ׃ ס1
4 Listen O Israel: The LORD our God is The LORD alone 2 5 And love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might 6 These words that I am commanding you today are to be upon your heart 7 And repeat them to your children. And talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road, when you lie down and when you get up 8 And bind them as a sign on your hand, and let them be as a symbol on your forehead 9 And write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates
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