Memory Text: “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength’ “ (Deuteronomy 6:5, NKJV).
Deuteronomy 6 contains the most important prayer known as “The Shema” which is translated “to listen” or even “to obey”. It illustrates the monotheistic nature of “Adonai Elohenu”. The Lord our God is one, Israel only owes loyalty to God.
What command does the Lord give to the children of Israel in Deuteronomy 6:5?
The command is the central theme for this week’s lesson which says, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength’. This shows the true nature of God, we are not just to obey because He asks us to but because We love Him and We will be willing to do more.
What does it mean to fear God especially in the face of loving Him?
The fear the Lord talks about is one that has to do with the sense of awe and respect for who He is, His authority, power, justice, righteousness especially in contrast to our sinfulness and weaknesses. This fear comes when we do what He commands us to and by doing God’s commandments we love Him.
What is so significant about God’s love for us?
A very significant aspect of God’s love is that even before we knew to love Him, He first loved us. Another significant aspect of God’s love is that it is steadfast, despite our changing act of love towards Him He still loves us just as He had always loved us from the beginning. The greatest display of God’s love for us yet is when He decided to give His own life to save us.
How do we show that we love God?
There is no other way to show that we love God other than keeping His commandments, John 14:15 says “If you love me keep my commandments”. Keeping God’s commandments should not be legalistic rather it should be because of the love we have for God. God took the Israelites out of the land of Egypt and since God saved them, He tells them to keep His commandments in loving response to the good He did for them.
Why does Jesus regard the command to love the Lord your God regarded as the first commandment?
The call to love the Lord your God is where obedience to everything He says comes true. In the final days when we are to choose life or death. It is our love for God and obedience to His word that will determine which side we will choose.
‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life’, (John 3:16). God showed the love He has for us when He bore the shame of the cross, the humiliation and death of crucifixion. This is to form the basis for our love for God and we are to love God by keeping His commandments (John 14:15). I pray that our love for God grows stronger in Jesus’ name.