Scripture Read: Deuteronomy 6 - 7
Title: The Greatest Commandment
(H) Highlight verse: "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might."" Deut. 6:5
(E) Explain: At the end of chapter 4 Moses introduces the law to Israel. He begins by reminding them of the Ten Commandments in chapter 5. In chapter 6 he lays down the greatest of all commandments and this commandment deals with loving God with every fiber of your being. In doing so, they will teach their children from generation to generation. God desires for His people to do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD in order to take possession of the promised land.
In chapter 7, God declares the people of Israel as His chosen people. They are not to intermarry so as to stay away from turning to other gods and idols. Moses tells them that God has not chosen them because they are a great and mighty people, but He has chosen them because He loves them and is keeping His promise that He made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He also gives a condition in 7:12, "And because you listen to these rules and keep and do them, the LORD your God will keep with you the covenant and the steadfast love that He swore to your fathers." God will be with His people no matter what, and He will bless them if they remain obedient and faithful.
(A) Application: We are called to love God with all of our being. I've often thought about what He had in mind when He told the people of Israel to love Him with all their heart, soul and might. What does that look like for in today and am I successfully doing it? For me loving God with all of my being would look something like this...
(R) Respond: LORD, I know I strive daily to live my life for you. I want to live a life that is pleasing to you, but I fail so often. Help me to pursue you in every area of my life. I desire to be full committed to you in everything I do, say and think. May I love you with everything I have?
Jeff has been in full-time ministry for thirty years. He currently serves as Executive Director at Anchor House Ministry at SeaPort Manatee in Palmetto, FL and he is a part-time Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Southside in Bradenton, Florida.
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