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through the guidance of The Holy Spirit, 

will achieve their full potential as active Disciples for Christ. 

As a result, we will change the world 

and continue to support each other

through the joys and hardships of life.

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”

  1. Deuteronomy 6:4-5
  2. What does it mean to love God? 
  3. How do we manifest that love?
  4. What do the words “all your heart, all your soul, and all your might” teach us?
  5. Why is this love so important to us?


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?

 Deuteronomy 28:9

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?

  1. Deuteronomy 6:7
  2. What’s the importance of reciting these words of love of God regularly, especially at the times suggested in these verses?
  3. What’s the importance of teaching these words to our children (including students)?

 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?