A Closer Walk

Attitude of the Righteous

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Deuteronomy 6:4
Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is one!

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Today's verse is a foundational truth to our faith. When a scribe came along and heard the Sadducees and the Pharisees arguing with Jesus seeking to entrap Him, unsuccessfully as usual, he asked the Lord what the foremost command was. Jesus responded to him quoting Deuteronomy 6:4-5, "The foremost is, "Hear. O Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
(Mark 12:29-30)

That would have sounded even far more powerful with the King of the Jews speaking in Hebrew to those Hebrew speaking 'scholars of the Law and scriptures', who were bound by tradition.

They would have had heard the Word saying, "Hear (shâma', meaning to hear and which is also the Hebrew word to obey) O Israel. YHWH our God ('elohiym, a plural word for God which we know points to the Trinity. Remember that Jesus said that He and the Father ARE one. {Jn.10:30)), YHWH is one ('echâd, a word first used in Genesis 1:5 about the day and night being one day, and then about a man and his wife being one flesh in Genesis 2:24. A God who is more than one thing, like Father, Son and Holy Spirit)"

And that should help bring us to our knees in repentance as we grow in our understanding of the importance of Paul's statement to the believers in Ephesus in the first century and to us today that we need to be diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit because:

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”
(Ephesians 4:4-6)


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