About Jesus Steve Sweetman
The Lord Your God (ch. 6:1 - 25)
verses 1 and 2 we see that God gave Moses His decrees to teach to
laws were given to
result of keeping these commands would be "long life" while in
the land. It has been said that the only commandment with a promise is
the one that says to honour your father and mother so you will live long
in the land. That is really
only partly so. Here, the
living long applies to all the commands, not just to one.
verse 3 there is yet another result of obeying the commands of God, and
4 is one well known verse. Jesus
Himself quotes this text. It
says, "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one".
If you look at the bottom of your page in the NIV, you will
notice varying renderings of this verse.
The text simply means, "Yahweh is Elohim, and He is
one". The word
"Elohim" is actually a plural word, suggesting more than one
God. But the text says that
Elohim is one. Israel
was a monotheistic people. Their
God was one God. Yet by the
fact that "Elohim" is plural, that shows some kind of
plurality to the nature of God.
From this we can begin to attempt to understand the doctrine of
the Trinity, although this verse in itself does not prove the Trinity.
It only proves the plural nature of God and His oneness.
reason why God tells Israel
that He is one might well be because of the plural form of the word
"Elohim". He wants
5 continues by saying, love the Lord God with all your heart, soul, and
strength. Some attempt to
use this verse to support the idea that man consists of three parts,
spirit, soul, and body. I'm
not convinced you can deduct that from this verse.
I just think it means to love God with all you have, and all you
are. That's it.
quoted this verse when asked what the greatest commandment was.
Of course, He also
added, "love your neighbour as yourself", and we all love
verses 6 through 9 Moses tells his people to write the commands of the
Lord on their hearts, put them on their door frames, around their
foreheads and wrists, teach them to your children. Talk about them at
home and anywhere you go. The
point is simple. God's words
must be in the forefront of your lives, both individually and
collectively. For the
Christian today, I think this is very important, but it is becoming
something foreign to the modern Christian.
We'll talk about all sorts of things but fail to talk about the
Word of God. When you put
the Bible on the shelf as many churches have these days, there is no way
you will stay on the proper path the Lord has for you.
You will eventually fail to be a church.
verses 10 and 11 Moses reminds
verses 13 and 14 Moses tells Israel
to serve God the best they can and do not serve the gods of those around
15 tells us that God is a jealous God.
He is jealous because He loves us.
Some jealousy is wrong, some jealousy is good.
If jealousy is expressed from a heart of love, it is good.
If a husband loves his wife, and she flirts with other men, and
if he is jealous, his jealousy is appropriate.
Jealousy based on possessiveness is not good.
said that God's anger would rise if they served other gods and that He
would ban them from the land, which He finally did in 70 A. D..
That being said, the promises of God stand.
He will cause
16 says, "don't test God'. What
does that mean? Israel
tested God in the desert. They
disobeyed God thinking He would be tolerant and not do anything about
it. That wasn't the case,
and it still isn't. If we
sin and know it, there will be consequences, and that is another reason
why the church is not as strong as it should be.
verses 17 through 19 Moses says to obey God, kick out the enemies in
land, so that you will be able to both possess the land and live in the
land. Obedience is key to
receiving what God promises. If
there is no obedience, there will be no promises received. Receiving
anything from God is more than a matter of faith.
It is also a matter of obedience.
As a matter of fact, trusting God is a matter of obedience,
because He commands that we trust our lives with Him.
verses 20 to 25 Moses addresses the issue concerning future generations
asking why they needed to obey these decrees.
This is a good point because this question will surely arise, as
it does today in Christian families.
Moses linked the obedience to the Law with God rescuing