Week Five - Day Five
Share God’s Truth
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 - Hear, O Israel: The LORD 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. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 6:4 is the beginning of The Shema, the most important prayer in Ju- daism. Shema is the Hebrew word for “Hear” or “Listen.” In this section of Deuter- onomy, Moses had just finished reminding Israel of the laws they must obey in order to be blessed by being in right relationship with God. He commanded them to teach and share with others how to be in right relationship with God. Moses instructed them to be talking about the laws constantly all the time. Binding them “as a sign on your hand” or “as frontlets between your eyes” meant keeping God’s word at the forefront of their minds and with hands that were ready to complete the laws. For the Israelites, knowing and living out God’s word were inseparable.
This passage from Deuteronomy certainly applies to Christians as well. In Mark 12, Jesus repeated part of The Shema in his response to the lawyer who asked about the greatest commandment (Mark 12:28-34). In that section of Mark, Jesus closely tied the love of God with the love of others. Moses had tied the love of God with obeying his commands. (By the way, so does Jesus in John 15.)
What Moses wrote about in Deuteronomy 6 and what Jesus confirms for us sheds some light on how we might follow God: simply talk about how much you love God! Whatever you are doing, talk about God while you are doing it. Sitting, standing, walking, sleeping - whatever! “...for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).
It doesn’t matter what we are doing - teaching/disciplining our children, talking to our neighbors and friends, or buying groceries from the clerk at the grocery store - when we treasure God and his word, it is easy to share with others - it simply spills out of us. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Luke 12:34).
- How can you treasure God's word in such a way that it's on the frontlets of your eyes and bound to your hands? What connection is there between loving God, loving his commands and loving others?
- Who will you share the treasure of God's word with today? Consider finding a friend to memorize Scripture with this week or asking God for opportunities to share about him and his word.