“Hear, O Israel! The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”(Deut. 6:4-5)
Jesus was once asked, ” Teacher, What is the great commandment in the Torah?” (Matthew 22:36) Being the good Jewish Rabbi that he was he gave his opinion in answer to this question.
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your hear, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ (Deuteronomy 6:5) “This is the great and foremost commandment. “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Leviticus 19:18) On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Deuteronomy 6:4, known as the Shema, “Hear O Israel, the LORD they God, the LORD is one,” is packed with meaning. It is a prayer that the Jewish people pray twice a day and is also known as “taking on the yoke of the Kingdom of God.” To hear, is not just to physically hear with ones ears only, but to listen with the intent to obey. Just knowing the meaning of this first word alone sheds light on the rest of the verse and so many things that Jesus said. We must obey loving the LORD our God with all our being and loving our neighbor. It is something we do not something we feel or think.
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 11:15
For His Name’s Sake.