Day 6 - 40 Days in the Old Testament

Dr Jim Brown's TruNorth Devotional
40 Days in the Old Testament

Deuteronomy 6:4-7
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.   Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Deuteronomy is a fascinating book describing God’s people just before they entered the Promised Land.  Collectively they have spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness on a trip that could have been as short as 11 weeks.  The problem?  God’s people – the first generation – sinned by disobedience and unbelief.  Joshua, Caleb, and Moses were the only ones left from those original million or so who had left Egypt 40 years before.
This book records several talks – or sermons – that Moses gave to this second generation of God’s people who would go into the Promised Land… although Moses himself would not be going.  Moses wanted to impress on them the need to be obedient to God and not make the fatal mistakes that their parents had made.

Now with that in mind, re-read today’s verses and see if you can sense Moses pouring out his heart, urging these listeners, these 2nd-generation children of Israel, these people of God, to LOVE the Lord with all their heart and soul and strength.

And now ask, “Isn’t this what Jesus answered when asked by the Scribes what is THE most important commandment?”  (Yes!)

You see, worship, praise, honor, and adoration belong to God alone… for only He is truly worthy of it.

That was the KEY Moses was impressing on these 2nd-generation children of Israel and for them to impress on their children.

Today, we children of God must continue the same singular focus to love our Lord God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Prayer: LORD, I love you with all my heart and soul, mind and strength.  You are my LORD.  Amen.