Posted by: Chris Avery | June 28, 2008

Shema

I came across Deuteronomy 6 (with a focus on 4-9) in my recent studies (Paul Washer ~ One True God)

1″Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it,
 2so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.

 3″O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.

 4″Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!

 5″You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

 6″These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.

 7″You shall teach them diligently to your sons 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 up.

 8″You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.

 9″You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

 10″Then it shall come about when the LORD your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build,

 11and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you eat and are satisfied,

 12then watch yourself, that you do not forget the LORD who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

 13″You shall fear only the LORD your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name.

 14″You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you,

 15for the LORD your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; otherwise the anger of the LORD your God will be kindled against you, and He will wipe you off the face of the earth.

 16″You shall not put the LORD your God to the test, as you tested Him at Massah.

 17″You should diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and His testimonies and His statutes which He has commanded you.

 18″You shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may be well with you and that you may go in and possess the good land which the LORD swore to give your fathers,

 19by driving out all your enemies from before you, as the LORD has spoken.

 20″When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What do the testimonies and the statutes and the judgments mean which the LORD our God commanded you?’

 21then you shall say to your son, ‘We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt, and the LORD brought us from Egypt with a mighty hand.

 22’Moreover, the LORD showed great and distressing signs and wonders before our eyes against Egypt, Pharaoh and all his household;

 23He brought us out from there in order to bring us in, to give us the land which He had sworn to our fathers.’

 24″So the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God for our good always and for our survival, as it is today.

 25″It will be righteousness for us if we are careful to observe all this commandment before the LORD our God, just as He commanded us.
 
In the MacArthur study Bible the footnote says that v. 4-9 is known as the Shema (Hebrew for “hear”). {Side note: I have discovered a page about it on Wikipedia, but haven’t checked it out yet.} He said that is has become the Jewish confession of faith, recited twice daily by the devout, along with 11:13-21 and Numbers 15:37-41 (posted below). This verse is one that shows that God is one (monotheistic). The word used for one does not mean “singleness” but “unity”. It is the same word used in Genesis 2:24 ~ For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.

Deuteronomy 11:13-21

13″It shall come about, if you listen obediently to my commandments which I am commanding you today, to love the LORD your God and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul,

 14that He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil.

 15″He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.

 16″Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them.

 17″Or the anger of the LORD will be kindled against you, and He will shut up the heavens so that there will be no rain and the ground will not yield its fruit; and you will perish quickly from the good land which the LORD is giving you.

 18″You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.

 19″You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.

 20″You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,

 21so that your days and the days of your sons may be multiplied on the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens remain above the earth.

It is good to read the whole thing in context. Many church goers like to grab God’s goodness and ignore His wrath. The quote from ch. 11 talks about what will happen if they obey and love God, but also what will happen if they turn away and serve other gods.

Numbers 15:37-41

 37The LORD also spoke to Moses, saying,

 38″Speak to the sons of Israel, and tell them that they shall make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of blue.

 39″It shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, so as to do them and not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you played the harlot,

 40so that you may remember to do all My commandments and be holy to your God.

 41″I am the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt to be your God; I am the LORD your God.”

 

 

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  1. The Bible really hasn’t changed, its progressive revelation. You can see a lot of the time how the former things shadow the later things.


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