Random Passing Thought

This popped into my head sometime last week, and I’ve been mulling it over since then.  I’ve decided now to share it with you.

    There are people who write off the Old Testament (and the “God” therein) as being about nothing but wrath and blood and destruction.  Yet it is in the Old Testament or hebrew Bible that this occurs:

    4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.  5You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. 7Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. 8Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem* on your forehead, 9and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

    It is known as the Shema, a most basic daily prayer for the people of God.  Notice that it is this: “The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.* 5You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might” not the Ten Commandments or any other set of rules about which these behaviors are required:

    1. keep these words in your heart
    2. recite them to your children
    3. talk about them when you are at home and away, when you lie down and when you rise
    4. bind them as a sign on your hand
    5. fix them as an emblem on your forehead
    6. write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

    It seems the focus, the intent, the purpose is to remember and remind about the love of God, and that we ought to love in return.

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    2 thoughts on “Random Passing Thought

    1. Good words. And of course the problem with those who write off the OT and God therein is that they are dismissing the same God that Jesus knew and loved and to whom he gave all of his devotion.

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