After God’s pleading in the previous chapter it is no wonder that Moses said, “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” (vs. 4-5). Our God is Love (1 John 4:8-16). He is not interested in a superficial acquaintance. He longs for a heart to heart relationship. Because He created humans, He wants them to know that they belong to Him because He gave them life and died so that they can live forever. Christ quoted this text in speaking about the most important commandment (Matt. 22:37-40). Every human leader of religion, whether it is Buddha or Mohammed, is no better than a man-made god, for they are not alive. There is only One God, the true and unique God, who lives from eternity to eternity. He comes to humans with an eternal and divine love that is incomparable.
“Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. Deuteronomy 6:1-3
Throughout history Christ is often left outside the door of his people’s hearts. But He still loves us and tries to break those generational cycles. He gives each parent a responsibility with their children. It is to teach them diligently to love God and keep his commandments through their example. Today we can see that parents in the past centuries have forgotten these principals and the consequences speak for themselves. I don’t know what stage you are in life, but I pray that you seek to love the Lord with all your heart and soul and teach those around you to do the same through your example.That is why God wanted to give large and beautiful cities to Israel that they trust Him as their provider. But God was concerned that these gifts would cause them to forget Him, become idols between them and Him. The wealthy Israel reminds us of Laodicea, God’s end-time Israel, rich with goods and feels no need, yet their greatest need is Christ and He is left outside the doors of our hearts (Rev. 3:14-20).
Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.