Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Deuteronomy 6

vv 1 - 6 "This is the commandment, the rules and regulations, that God, your God, commanded me to teach you to live out in the land you’re about to cross into to possess. This is so that you’ll live in deep reverence before God lifelong, observing all his rules and regulations that I’m commanding you, you and your children and your grandchildren, living good long lives.

Listen obediently, Israel. Do what you’re told so that you’ll have a good life, a life of abundance and bounty, just as God promised, in a land abounding in milk and honey.

Attention, Israel!  God, our God! God the one and only!

Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got!

Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates..."

'Impress' the truth about God and the truth of His Word on the hearts of those we love by helping them be impressed with God - to see and celebrate His power, His goodness and wisdom.

God is Almighty. A truth we forget, often, in the minutiae of our lives.  Yet we do well to remember that:

  1. Our relationship with God comes before everything else (v5)
  2. God's truth must be established in our own hearts first (v6)
  3. Each day holds endless opportunities to allow God's love to flow through us and share the truth about God. (v7)
  4. Repetition helps to refocus on God and remember his word. Read it. Speak it to ourselves. Write it. Share it.
Focusing more on God than on ourselves only has to be good.

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