“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, so 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. 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. “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is 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.
On Sunday, Sean McDowell talked to us about how to raise children in a faithful home. We find good guidance for this in God’s Word. Teaching children is the primary responsibility of the parents, but it is the job of the church to walk alongside and support parents in their efforts.
The chief command of Moses was “Hear!,” which means to take notice, listen, and remember that the Lord is God and that the Lord is one. It’s simple and to the point. Israel had lost focus before. Remember Mount Sinai—they thought God and Moses had abandoned them, so they built a golden calf and worshiped it. They had just come out of Egypt where they worshiped many gods, such as the river, the sun, the ground, animals, and much more. Israel needed to remember that the Lord is God, and no one else.
“The Lord is One.” This means that God has no rival, no substitute, and no peers. The truth of God’s oneness reminded the Israelites that they could have no competing loyalties—whether idols or other people—when it came to loving God. Moses told them that they should love God with all of their heart, soul, and might. In other words, Moses told them to love and worship God with all they had. The idea was so important that they were told to teach their children this command, write it on doorposts, and make signs. The worship of God permeated their lives and homes.
- What does it look like for you to love God with the different dimensions of your being (heart, soul, and strength)?
- Why do you think this command was a big deal? How did Moses tell them it was a big deal?
- Pray that God would give you the desire to share the hope of Jesus with your kids.