In today's reading from Deuteronomy 6, the beginning of which is called and forms part of the 'Shema Yisrael.'
The full text for our consideration is:
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all
your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall
teach them 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. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as front-
lets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."
It was from an old friend and mentor, whose influence in my life has been great, that I first learned from this passage and meaning. He cited verses 4 and 5, from the OT, and asked if we might know what followed. Everyone answered "And love your neighbour as yourself..."
No, he said, that would be the NT. He then completed the reference by citing verses 7, and onwards, opening up the chapter. It taught, among other things, the importance of remembering the whole story of God's dealing with his people, his calling them out of Egypt, his leading, and the importance - primordial of teaching. He cited Samuel Johnson's words, to the effect 'we need not so much to be taught as reminded.'
We need to be reminded. We need to remember. Deuteronomy 6:12 "Take care, lest you forget.."
Derek Butler - I am a Christian, husband, father, son, brother, friend, reader, et al, all inadequately. This blog is a tool to encourage daily bible reading, for myself and others.
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