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Online Bible Verses - Deuteronomy Chapter 6: with all your heart and soul

Updated on May 10, 2012

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:4-5NIV

A few points to cover today. First, we see Israel called out. Why Israel? What is so special about Israel?

My take as follows, with the disclaimer that my take is just that. Not really sure if it is accurate or correct. I just read from God’s word prayerfully and think about what is not yet crystal clear. Let’s accept, for the sake of discussion, that God did indeed take on flesh in the person of His Son and condescend to earth. He had to show up somewhere, be part of some family and nation. Just so happened God used the lineage of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, i.e. Israel. True that according to scripture, God orchestrated much in terms of prophetic fulfillment and planning, in that multiple purposes were served. The main one, I would think, paving the way for Christ to be born.

So, Israel happened to be the vehicle through which God demonstrated (still does?) much. He showed His love for them (us). Man’s tendency to let God down is also seen in Israel’s chronic cycle of falling away from and running back to God. Sound familiar?

Perhaps the most important part of today’s verse, the command for us to love God. For us to love Him because He loves us and loved us first.

That is good news to me, that the most powerful guy in the universe loves me with a love I cannot comprehend fully. But He gives me an idea, when I look at my own children and He tells me “That’s how I look at you, but with a pure and perfect love”. I guess if He loves me that much I should love Him back. I also know in my heart of hearts I don’t love Him enough.


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      lucabrasi 5 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Amen scruffyfy. Trusting Him is key. Perfect time for you to comment as well. He just helped me out in a big way, simply because I trusted and asked.

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      scruffyfy 5 years ago from Philippines

      Hi there! To Love the Lord, our god with all our heart, soul and mind is the first and greatest commandment that was given by God. This I believe is the root and the most important command because of the love of God, we can avoid all forms of evil. We won't be doing things that displeases him anymore, rather, we would strive harder to please him every second of our life and to be in line with the scriptures. The world is full of evil, I know, and that it is very hard for us (flesh) to be holy and to live a righteous life; but with the power of God's Holy Spirit, I believe, everything will be alright. We'll just have to trust completely on him and never let go. God Bless us all!

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      Art 5 years ago

      You know that He first loved you and know that all are a work in progress to Him who has loved us more than we can understand. Blessings, brother in Christ Jesus!