Week 15, Day 1: Worth Passing On

         Moses’ mistake of misrepresenting God’s intentions before the people cost him the opportunity to inherit the Promised Land with them. Still, God allowed Moses to give the people a final rundown of the laws and His expectations before they entered their inheritance. After reviewing the Ten Commandments and again warning them to be careful to observe everything God said, Moses uttered these words:

  • Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NKJ)

According to www.hebrew4christians.com, “THE SHEMA is the central prayer in the Jewish prayerbook (Siddur) and is often the first section of Scripture that a Jewish child learns…The Shema is actually more than just the famous six words Shema Yisrael, Adonai eloheinu, Adonai echad, (which means “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one), but is composed of three parts linked together into a unity:

1.     Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9): The core Hebrew prayer.

2.     Vehayah (Deuteronomy 11:13-21): This passage that stresses the blessings that come through obedience to Adonai and the consequences that come through disobedience, and

3.     Vaiyomer (Numbers 15:37-41): This passage that concerns the use of the tallit, a rectangular prayer shawl with four fringes. The reason for wearing the tzitzit is to remind oneself to observe all of the commandments of the Lord.

What’s the point? Down through the ages, even though many Jews do not believe Jesus is the Messiah, Jews and Christians are sure on one thing – The Lord our God, the Lord is One. That news is worth being remembered and retold over and over again. This news is worth keeping in our hearts, teaching diligently to our children, and rehearsing all day long. Pass it on!

Prayer of Adoration: Oh God, I’m amazed by the good news of who You are!

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©2012 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

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~ by sanewriter on April 9, 2012.

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