Deuteronomy 6:1-9 NIV
These are the commands, decrees and laws the lord your God
directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing
the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children
after them may fear the lord your God as long as you live by keeping all
his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy
long life. Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well
with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk
and honey, just as the lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.
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
Some of the great texts in the Bible are deceptively simple. We can
read the text and spend time meditating over it, and after doing so you
come to the realization that the truth is so important and so clear that
little can be done other than repeat it over and over again.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 strikes me as such a text.
I want to share with you just briefly this morning three points we can
take from this text.
The writer of Deuteronomy suggests three good reasons why it is
important for us to love God.
We love God, first of all, because of who he is.
V4 The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Yahweh revealed himself to the people of Israel. He had chosen them to
be the people through whom He demonstrated his love for the world. God
had let them know that he was not just their God as one god among many
but God alone over all creation.
We also love God because of what He has done for us.
This admonition to love God comes to the people in the context of a book
designed to remind Israel of her covenant with the God who delivered
her from the bondage of Egypt. He made himself known to her in the very
act of redeeming her. By grace she was brought into a very special
relationship with God.
In Jesus Christ God made himself known to the whole world as a saving,
redeeming God who desires to bring men and women into a relationship
And the third reason why we love God is that this is the way he wants us
to respond to his love.
There is certainly a recurring theme in the book of Deuteronomy where
people are instructed by the Lord to respond to his gracious activity by
loving him. And of course our motivating force behind the love we are
to have for God is his prior love for us (1John 4:19 We love him,
because he first loved us.)
So what does is really mean to love Him?
Well, Chuck Colson says, the beginning of loving God is a passionate
desire to obey and please God – a willingly entered into discipline.
My Copious Notes
I didn't actually take any notes today, I just sat and listened.
May God bless you richly this week.