Deuteronomy 6-8

Today’s reading begins with the giving of the Greatest Commandment and concludes with reminder that the people are not to forget the LORD their God.

In the reading today, God gives what Jesus later would call the Greatest Commandment:

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. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (ESV)

As Jesus would say, the whole law and the prophets can be summed up in what the LORD spoke to Moses well over a thousand years before he came to earth. The law that God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai was extensive, but this brief summary from the LORD was to be the guiding principle in everything that the Law explicitly stated. If one can love the LORD God with everything the he or she is, then the Law would be fulfilled in its entirety. Loving God with our daily actions, with the product of our daily actions, in our relationships with others; everything, then the whole Law would be fulfilled.

The other major component to today’s reading is summarized in Chapter 8 verses 17-18 (ESV):

Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Quite possibly, this is one of the more difficult things to remember in life for any Christian, well, really for any person. It is God Who gives us all that we have. We don’t come by it of ourselves, but rather by His power and by His generosity. Any money, belongings, time, effort; anything and everything comes from His hand. Easy to read, easy to recall, extremely difficult to live out.

 

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