Deuteronomy 6:5 Love The Lord
Posted by adventbiblestudy on March 15, 2016
Deuteronomy 6:5 Love The Lord
Deuteronomy 6:5 NLTse And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.
This may be one of the easiest prophecies Jesus fulfilled to locate, because He quoted it so clearly.
Matthew 22:36-38 NLTse “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” (37) Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ (38) This is the first and greatest commandment.
We know an expert in religious law asked Jesus the question in an attempt to trap Him. Why were the religious leaders trying to trap Jesus? They did not agree with what He taught and how Jesus taught the subjects he focused on. It seemed everything Jesus taught was contrary to their doctrines and traditions. There was no gap to bridge. Jesus offered no compromise. He continuously pointed them back to scripture. Jesus’ confrontation with religious leaders was no different than His meeting with Satan in the wilderness at the beginning of His ministry.
Jesus answered Satan’s first challenge, to change stones to bread with what appeared to be a simple text, but in fact answered Satan’s next question before he asked it. Looking at a small portion of that text we find words explaining Jesus’ entire ministry. Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. (Deuteronomy 8:3 NLTse).
When we consider every Word associated with the lesson Jesus was teaching, the spiritual lesson is revealed. How do we study to understand these lessons? We read the complete Old Testament texts Jesus referred to.
Deuteronomy 6:6-10 NLTse (6) And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. (7) Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. (8) Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. (9) Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (10) “The LORD your God will soon bring you into the land he swore to give you when he made a vow to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is a land with large, prosperous cities that you did not build.
Jesus was talking about more than the law. Jesus was teaching about a relationship. What happens when you fall in love? They are on your thoughts every moment of everyday. Nothing you do can take the thought of them away. From the moment you wake up in the morning until you pray for and about them before you go to sleep, that one you love is on your mind. No power in this world can shake the feeling of love from your mind for one second. You are consumed by emotions of love.
Why is it so easy to love a person with all your heart, soul and mind? You search for ways to make a spiritual connection, an emotional bond, then look forward to a close physical relationship like the world has never seen. The passion of love surrounds you like no other feeling in this world. It becomes your breath, your reason for living. It seems to become the only reason your heart beats. How do we channel these deep emotions of love towards God and only God? Is the answer in His law?
Deuteronomy 6:17-18 NLTse (17) You must diligently obey the commands of the LORD your God–all the laws and decrees he has given you. (18) Do what is right and good in the LORD’s sight, so all will go well with you. Then you will enter and occupy the good land that the LORD swore to give your ancestors.
Spoken or not, every relationship comes with a set of rules to follow. When you fall in love and commit to someone it has to be 100% to be real. No looking in other directions. There are common likes and dislikes. The relationship begins by finding out these details. What they like to do. How they like to be loved. How to provide the support, attention, and concern they need. Whether it is a conscience effort or not, emotions of love begin to mold and shape our lives. We begin a change to become more like the one we love.
Why did Jesus say, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” What is the connection between God’s love and His commandments? This is such an important subject, Moses repeated the lesson a short time later. “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the LORD your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul. And you must always obey the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good. “Look, the highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong to the LORD your God. ( Deuteronomy 10:12-14 NLTse). If we really loved God, there is no doubt we will want to change to be more like Him. To find God’s perfect love, we have to strive to be as perfect as He is so when God brings us to the land He promised, we will live in perfect harmony with Him. If we really love God, the process begins in the life we live today. Would we ever find love in this world if we followed the attitude, I will try harder after I die?
Why is the concept of loving God so hard to comprehend? Its the way love is taught in churches. Love has been reduced to a set of man made doctrines and traditions. Then churches teach, salvation is achieved by maintaining and defending their core values. People get out into the dating scene. They meet someone. Feel a spark. Emotions begin to ignite. A testing process begins. Soon they discuss doctrines. They find one little point of disagreement spelling the end of the romance. All hope if gone. They look in a new direction.
No wonder the world finds it so difficult to love God. Some pick and choose which commandments to follow. Others reject all of them. They create an atmosphere of no rules or regulations in a love affair with God, or people strive to change God, mold Him into their image. Where is the commitment? It is all centered around self. Every thought and emotion is centered around themselves. How to change the world and God to fit the image they have of the perfect love affair, finding a love which will be there to offer the passion and support they need when they need it. A love build on the concept of taking when it is convenient and giving little of nothing in return. Love of the world has crowded out the love from Heaven.
Who worries about what Jesus is doing today? Who bothers to ask Him how His day is going? How He needs your time, help, concern? Who considers Jesus’ emotions and what He needs to make it through another day? Who was there for Him when He died on the cross? No one understood in the weeks, days, and minutes leading up to the cross. Only a few displayed any real love or compassion for Him. Jesus died of a broken heart because He was a lonely man, misunderstood by His closest fiends who found sleep more important than prayer. Where was their love for God with all their heart, all your soul, and all your mind when Jesus needed it most?
If we don’t know how to love one another, how can we possibly learn to love God?