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Shema Yisrael!

September 20, 2018 Leave a comment

Key Scripture:

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (KJV)   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. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

SUMMARY

The Jews were very particular when it came to loving the Lord. They used to say the Shema every morning and evening without fail. They also recited it during Sabbaths. Our Lord Jesus also told us that loving the Lord was the greatest commandment. This sermon opens our eyes to the truth of loving the Lord our God and how should we fare when it comes to loving Him which is our whole duty.

SERMON POINTS

 Loving God –the Greatest Commandment.

Mark 12:28-30 (KJV) And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

 The Shema was recited in Jewish households every morning and evening without fail. It is the very foundation for us New Testament believers as well. When the scribes asked Jesus which is the greatest commandment, His reply was the very same “Shema”.. Jesus Christ said that this was the first and greatest commandment. For loving God we should realize who our God is.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one”- Our God is One. He is the one who created us in Christ for Himself.  Noone has seen the Father and its His Son who has revealed Him to us.(John 1:18)

If the Jews had so much passion in loving and serving God whom they have not seen, how much should we love the Lord who got a revelation of who He is.

The Shema- Realization of your God.

Psalms 40:8 (KJV)    I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

The Shema is all about the realization of who your God is. The Jews declared it all the time. They were to realize that the Lord our God is one.  The Hebrew word here for love being ‘AHA-VA’. We need to realize who our Lord God is and learn what it means to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and strength because our whole spiritual life depends on it.

 What it means to love the Lord?

  1. Ahava’ with all your heart.

 Proverbs 4:23 (KJV) Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

 We need to love the Lord with a reverential love that comes right from within our hearts. The Bible tells us that the heart is deceitful above all else and that we need to guard our hearts.

Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

 We have to love the Lord with all our will, desires, passions and affections. Only when we love God can we love others. Thinking, seeking God always creates in us a heart of love.

Let’s pray that we may know Jesus, realize who our God is and love Him more for His love.

Our Lord Jesus modeled this love for us by loving us with all His heart. He gave it up all for us that we might be His children. He desires that we respond with the same intensity.

  1. Ahava’ with all your soul.

 Psalms 103:1 (KJV)   Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

To love the Lord with all our soul means to love the Lord with all our being and in all that we do. This implies that we love the Lord with our talk, our hands and talents. When we love the Lord with all our soul, the way we react to  challenges change. Tribulations cannot separate us from the love of Christ. We pour out our soul in the service of our Master and we become more like Him.

Isaiah 53:10,11 (KJV)   Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

  1. Ahava’ with all your might. :   Loving God with all our might means loving God with all what we have. With what He has given us we have to love the Lord.Jesus Christ when He gave His life as a sacrifice for mankind, He offered up everything He had. We ought to love God with our possessions,positions, family, wealth and influence. We love God with every single breath that we take by doing His will. Let us offer to love God with all our heart,soul and might.

 

CONCLUSION.

Loving the Lord doesn’t just consist of words and actions; loving the Lord-AHAVA, includes loving the Lord with all our heart, with all our being and soul, with all our might and power by doing His will.

Let us ask the Lord to fill us with His love and help us realize who He is so that we can love Him more.

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