Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Verse for Today - Deuteronomy 6:4,5 (click to read)
"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength."
Read all of Deuteronomy 6
This verse should be familiar to most. I'd like to draw your attention to three parts of these verses.
1. The last part is quoted by the Lord Jesus as part of what we call the Summary of the Law. Any effort or exercise of the Christian faith the doesn't begin and end with the desire to love, honor and please God is something else.
2. The affirmation of Oneness is that God the One True and Eternal God has revealed himself in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is called the Doctrine of the Trinity. The three persons are not mentioned here, but the affirmation of Oneness is. They are mentioned elsewhere. We hold and believe what the Bible teaches. Period.
3. I remember reading a Morning and Evening meditation by CH Spurgeon years ago where he says he things the most amazing part of this verse is the pronouns "OUR" and "YOUR" The Almighty Lord and Master of the Universe has identified Himself with His people. The same is true today.
"To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." Rev. 1:5a, 6