Our teaching will continue in Torah, The Law of Moses from Deuteronomy 6.5-9.
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT.
And with that said, let’s read Deuteronomy 6.5-9. Words we read every Shabbat.
JUDAISM CALLS THESE WORDS, THE VEE’AH’HAV’TAH. IN HEBREW MEANING, AND YOU SHALL LOVE.
Earlier, Moses told The Children of Israel, some three million strong, that GOD Commands you to keep His Commandments, His Statutes, and His Judgments that you are to be taught to do them in the Land that you are to possess.
That Land, of course, was the land of Canaan that GOD renamed Israel.
BY THE WAY, ISRAEL MEANS “FOR AS A PRINCE YOU HAVE POWER WITH GOD AND WITH MEN AND HAVE PREVAILED.”
GOD spoke those Words to Jacob after they, GOD and Jacob wrestled at a stream of water called the Jabbok from evening to day break. The Jabbok River flows into the Jordan River. HEBREW BIBLE GENESIS 32.25-31, CHRISTIAN BIBLE GENESIS 32.24-30
BACK TO DEUTERONOMY And Moses also told The People, You are to Fear The LORD YOUR GOD to Keep all His Statutes and Commandments which GOD Commands you, you and your son, and your son’s son, all the days of your life, that your days will be Prolonged.
And Moses continued, Hear GOD, and Listen to GOD, and Obey Him and do what GOD says that it will go well with you. That you will increase mightily as The LORD GOD of your fathers has promised you in The Land that flows with milk and honey.
AND MOSES SAID, HEAR O ISRAEL, THE LORD OUR GOD, THE LORD IS ONE.
MEANING, HEAR WHAT GOD SAYS, AND OBEY EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE. AND THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD. THAT ONE GOD IS THE FATHER, THE MESSIAH YESHUA, THE SPIRIT, THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE SON OF GOD, THE ANGEL OF GOD, THE ANGEL OF THE LORD, MELCHIZEDEK, THE GLORY OF GOD, AND SO MUCH MORE.
DEUTERONOMY 6.5 AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT.
How do you prove to GOD, and prove to yourself that you Love GOD?
The Answer; By Obeying GOD. By Obeying GOD’S Commandments. By Obeying every Word GOD Speaks in The Bible. JOHN 14.15, DEUTERONOMY 8.3, LUKE 4.1-4
Remember, GOD’S Commandments are every Word that proceeds out of The Mouth of GOD. And that includes every Word GOD speaks in His Law of Moses that is Written in the first five Books of The Bible.
AND WHEN YOU OBEY GOD, THE LORD WILL GIVE YOU ANOTHER COMFORTER. THAT COMFORTER, OF COURSE, IS THE HOLY SPIRIT. AND GOD SAYS, THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL REMAIN WITH YOU FOREVER. ASSUMING YOU CONTINUE TO OBEY THE LORD YOUR GOD.
JOHN 14.15-17, 26, LUKE 11.28, 1 JOHN 5.2-3, ACTS 5.27-29, 32
Messiah gives us an example, something to be imitated. To wash one another’s feet.
It was the time of The Passover Seder when Messiah washed His Disciples feet, and said, You ought to wash each other’s feet. Why? JOHN 13.4-15
So why did Messiah wash their feet, and why is it an example for us?
JOHN 13.7 YESHUA SAID TO PETER, WHAT I DO, YOU DO NOT KNOW NOW, BUT YOU WILL KNOW IN THE FUTURE.
At the burning bush, GOD told Moses to remove his shoes, For The Place where you stand is Holy Ground. EXODUS 3.2-5
MESSIAH’S DISCIPLES WERE ON HOLY GROUND IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, YESHUA THE MESSIAH, THE CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, THE ONE WHO APPEARED TO MOSES IN THE BURNING BUSH.
THEREFORE MESSIAH WASHED HIS DISCIPLES FEET MAKING THEM SPIRITUALLY CLEAN IN HIS PRESENCE, IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
So what is the example that Messiah passed on to us when He washed His Disciples feet?
I believe when we are in The Millennium in Israel, we will be required to have a Miqveh Water Immersion, (Baptism) as The Jewish People did in Tabernacle and Temple times, when we come into The Presence of THE LORD GOD, THE MESSIAH YESHUA, WHO IS GOD ALMIGHTY, THE FATHER, and before we enter The Temple of GOD. EXODUS 40.11-15, 30-32, REVELATION 1.6, REVELATION 20.6, JOHN 14.9
DEUTERONOMY 6.5-6 You shall Love The LORD YOUR GOD with all your Heart, and with all your Soul, and with all your Might. And these Words which I Command you this day, Moses said, shall be in your Heart.
Heart in Hebrew is LAYVE. Also meaning MIND. Thus Moses Teaches us that These Words of GOD which I Command you this day should be in YOUR MIND.
The Hebrew for “THESE WORDS” are, HAD’VAHREEM HA’AYLEH. And THESE WORDS OF GOD, in fact EVERY WORD OF GOD that is Written in The Bible is GOD’S Commandment, His Decree, which is His Law. GOD’S Word is His Judgment. That is His Decision and Verdict according to Torah, The Law of Moses. GOD’S Word is His Message, His Promise, His Purpose. And GOD’S Word is Work.
And Moses continues, And you shall Love The LORD YOUR GOD with all your Heart, and with all your Soul.
Soul in Hebrew is NEH’FESH.
The Soul has a number of meanings.
The Soul is your LIFE. HEBREW BIBLE GENESIS 32.31, CHRISTIAN BIBLE GENESIS 32.30, GENESIS 44.30
The Soul is also your Mind, your Emotions, Affections, Fear, and Happiness. And your soul is also your Devotion and Loyalty to GOD. PSALM 139.14
So when GOD says, You shall love The LORD YOUR GOD with all your Soul, He means, You shall Love The LORD YOUR GOD with your entire Life, with all your Mind, with all your Affection and Devotion shall you Love THE LORD YOUR GOD.
REMEMBER, MESSIAH YESHUA IS GOD ALMIGHTY, THE FATHER. HE IS ELOHIM. AND MESSIAH’S COMMANDMENTS ARE EVERY WORD HE SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE FROM GENESIS 1.1 THROUGH REVELATION 22.21.
AND AS PETER AND THE OTHER APOSTLES SAID IN ACTS 5.29, “WE OUGHT TO OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MAN.” CAREFULLY THINK ON THAT.
AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT.
MIGHT in Hebrew is MEE’ODE, meaning MIGHT AND STRENGTH. YOUR FULL COMMITMENT TO GOD, YOUR ENTIRE BEING DEVOTED TO GOD WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT.
AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT. AND THESE WORDS WHICH I COMMAND YOU THIS DAY SHALL BE IN YOUR HEART.
THAT IS THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR FAITH IN THE MESSIAH YESHUA, THE CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH.
DEUTERONOMY 6.7 AND YOU SHALL TEACH THE WORD OF GOD DILIGENTLY TO YOUR CHILDREN, AND SHALL TALK OF THEM WHEN YOU SIT IN YOUR HOUSE, AND WHEN YOU WALK BY THE WAY, AND WHEN YOU LIE DOWN, AND WHEN YOU RISE UP.
I was fortunate to have an Orthodox Jewish mother and father because they lived a GODLY Life and taught me about The Bible and Jewish Law. But when I grew older and traveled, I slipped away from The Precepts of GOD, causing me to do very little if any teaching to my children about The LORD. I rarely spoke to them of The LORD GOD when we sat in our house, or walked by the way, or when we were lying down, or rising up.
Now, of course, I speak to them about The LORD. But not all the time because some of our children, not all, have removed themselves from The LORD and are indifferent, without any interest in The LORD Their GOD. While some of our children even reject The LORD outright. However one of our children has received The LORD GOD MESSIAH YESHUA with Love.
Prayer is a powerful tool. And I believe in time that all our children and grandchildren will be Holy to THE LORD, and GODLY men and women, Fearing THE LORD, Loving THE LORD with all their Heart, and with all their Soul, and with all their Might.
HOWEVER, THE WORD OF GOD TEACHES YOU AND ME TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN DILIGENTLY WHEN WE ARE SITTING IN OUR HOUSE, WHEN WE WALK BY THE WAY, WHEN WE LIE DOWN, AND WHEN WE RISE UP.
Start early when your children or grandchildren are babies or little kids because it might be difficult starting when they are grown adults to Hear The Word of GOD and Live by it as I have experienced. But always tell your children of The LORD.
And equally important, Live your lives according to every Word that proceeds out of The Mouth of GOD whether you are in the presence of your children or not. For we are always in The Presence of GOD. MATTHEW 4.4, JEREMIAH 23.24, ACTS 5.29
DEUTERONOMY 6.8 AND YOU SHALL BIND THEM, (GOD’S WORDS) FOR A SIGN UPON YOUR HAND, AND THEY SHALL BE FRONTLETS BETWEEN YOUR EYES.
FRONTLETS BETWEEN YOUR EYES IS TAKING GOD’S WORD TO HEART, AND OBEYING EVERY WORD HE SPEAKS.
Many Jewish adult men take these Verses literally and wear certain Scriptures of GOD in little black leather boxes on their hands and between their eyes in what are called Tefillin. Tefillin outside of Judaism are called Phylacteries. Tefillin in Hebrew means Prayers. And Tefillin are worn mostly during Prayer Service.
Tefillin are small black leather boxes that are bound by black leather straps to the left hand, or to the right hand for a person who is left handed, and to the head. These black leather boxes contain four Scriptural Passages; EXODUS 13.1-10, EXODUS 13.11-16, DEUTERONOMY 6.4-9, DEUTERONOMY 11.13-21
Other Jewish men like myself take these words of Deuteronomy 6.8, “And you shall bind them upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.” to mean that we must take GOD’S word to heart, and live by every Word God Speaks in The Bible.
I do not wear Tefillin. But both points of view have merit.
As long as we’re on this subject, The Bible Teaches that we are to live by The Word of GOD rather than have The Words of GOD attached to our body. EXODUS 13.9, PROVERBS 3.3, PROVERBS 6.20-21
ON THE OTHER HAND, LET’S READ DEUTERONOMY 6.9.
AND YOU SHALL WRITE THEM (THE WORDS OF GOD) UPON THE POSTS OF YOUR HOUSE AND ON YOUR GATES.
Many Jewish People fasten Mezuzahs, or in Hebrew, Mezuzot to the front entrance of our homes and to doorposts inside our house. Mezuzah in Hebrew means doorpost, and inside the beautiful Mezuzah casing is a small parchment on which are inscribed the first two paragraphs of The Shema; “HEAR O ISRAEL, THE LORD OUR GOD, THE LORD IS ONE.”
The Scriptures inside the Mezuzah are DEUTERONOMY 6.4-9, and DEUTERONOMY 11.13-21
Similar Scriptures to those written inside the Tefillin leather boxes.
So I believe we are to wear GOD’S WORD in our heart, and live by THE WORD OF GOD with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our might.
And for our house, we fasten Mezuzahs to the entrance of our homes and to the doorposts inside our homes to remember always, The Spoken Word of GOD.
HEAR O ISRAEL, THE LORD OUR GOD, THE LORD IS ONE. AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT. AND THESE WORDS WHICH GOD COMMANDS YOU THIS DAY SHALL BE IN YOUR HEART.
THAT IS THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR FAITH IN GOD ALMIGHTY, YESHUA THE MESSIAH, THE CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH. MATTHEW 7.24-27