Nov 12, 2017
”The Fascinating Context of Jesus’ Two Great Commandments: What Does It Mean to Love God?”
The second of a three-part series on “The Fascinating Context of Jesus' Two Great Commandments” to focus on this great commandment: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord is One, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might”
What does it mean to serve God? How do we do that?
III. Deuteronomy 10:20
What does it mean to cleave/cling to God? How do we do that?
How do we walk in God’s ways? What does doing so have to do with holiness?
How can we sanctify or hallow God’s Name? How does doing so have the effect of sanctifying us?
VII. Deuteronomy 6:8
These words are understood by Orthodox Jews as to be applied ritually, which is lovely and meaningful. But for those who are not Orthodox Jews, is there an understanding of these words that could strengthen our love of God?
VIII. Deuteronomy 6:9
This has to do for practicing Jews with the placement of the mezuzah on doors and gates of one’s house. Symbolically, what might the meaning be to all people of faith to think of God’s words as we enter and leave our habitations? How does it help us manifest our love of God?
In what ways (other than the obvious literal one on the surface) might we understand this teaching to write out God’s teaching? What could it mean to “write out” God’s teaching? Why would God want the king to do this? Why would God want us all to do so?