FROM THE PASTOR’S HEART

Nothing But the Word Part 2

Deuteronomy 6:4-5

The heart of the problem is the problem of the heart! A number of Bible commentators will tell you that Deuteronomy 6:4, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one” is a statement of faith, meaning that the people of Israel believed that God is the triune one or that He is unique.  However if one were to read this verse in its context, it is a pledge of allegiance. You see, God was about to lead the people of Israel into a land filled with milk and honey but also with a multitude of gods. It is therefore vital that the people worship and dedicate their lives to Yahweh and Yahweh alone. There shall be none other!

 

That the Israelites will conquer and occupy the land there is no doubt because the Lord of hosts is with them and fighting for them. But what the people of God needed to do was to ensure that their worship and love of God is undivided else they will fall prey to the attractions and practices of the other gods in the alien land. Then the physical battles and the resulting victories that God promised them will not end in spiritual defeat when they occupy the land. That would have been catastrophic!

 

Take time to ponder and pray over what has been said. How is your loyalty to God in the land He has placed you? In the light of Deuteronomy 6:5, how is your relationship with the Lord? Do you love and worship Him with all your heart and mind, soul and strength, in every sphere of your live, at home, at work, in private and public places?  What do you sense the Lord is asking you to do?

 

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