I’m not sure if anything like this has happened to you but not too many years ago I moved into a new neighborhood and one of my neighbors was going through a rough time and she knew I was a Christian and had invited her to church on numerous occasions.
On This particular day she came over and asked me some questions regarding a particular situation in the midst of her anger and sadness, she was looking to me to show her answers that I could offer her from the Word I so openly proclaimed had brought me peace and so she wanted to know were in the
Bible she could find answers.
I am so embarrassed to say that at that time I was blessed enough to be a regular at a wonderful Christian church, and had even been a regular volunteer but I was not growing. I regularly attended Church, even had notebooks full of notes and volunteered in the nursery.
I did however ask her if she had a Bible and she said she did but it was in the
old English and she did not understand it. I did tell her however that I could
accompany her to Church were there were many Pastors and councilors that could help her and I did give her a version Bible so that she could understand.
I left mortified, my inequity and sheer ignorance in my own faith was convicting. It was about two years after that she came and asked me a question and I was so grateful that even with my past failure she came to ask and I was so grateful that during the time between visits I had taken my Bible
study seriously and was able to point her in the right direction.
We are called to know the Word so that we can make disciples but before that we must know the Word intimately, keep it in our hearts and then we can be more effective disciples through our actions and through our words that reflect the character, knowledge and wisdom found in His Words.
This week we are going to look at Deuteronomy 6: 1-4 and I’m going to divide it into different days because I know most listeners are like me, busy women juggling marriage, kids, careers, not to mention keeping up with the home. So dedicating 30min plus a day can sometimes be overwhelming.
“Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments
which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, that you may
fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I
command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful
to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you—‘a land flowing with milk
and honey.’ ”
Deuteronomy 6: 1-4 (NKJV)
As a new Christian I felt uncomfortable with the word fear, until I studied it further; In Hebrew yare can mean “to fear, to respect, to reverence” and the Hebrew noun yirah “ refers to the fear of God and is viewed as a positive quality. Complete Word Study Dictionary: Old Testament, 2003, pp. 470-471.
The Greek noun phobos can mean “reverential fear” of God, “not a mere ‘fear’ of His power and righteous retribution, but a wholesome dread of displeasing Him” Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, 1985, “Fear, Fearful, Fearfulness”.
The commandments are given to us a protection in love this is reflected again in the New Testament by Jesus in John 14:20-22 (NKJV)
“At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
This week’s song of the week is “Heaven & Earth ” By Phil Wickham