October 26, 2008 --

Deuteronomy 6:1-9

INTRO: Whenever God tells us something ďto doĒ he also tells us how and why. Todayís text talks about Godís law in loving the Lord above all things. This is what our loving Lord wants us ďto doĒ. Speaking of Godís commands we always need to remember that God has done it all. Before we can love the Lord above all things we are reminded that the Lord God has already loved us above all things. On our own we cannot do anything pleasing in Godís sight. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Rather, knowing and believing and confessing in Godís love we can do all things through Christ. "If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him" (1 JOHN 4:15,16). When our text tells us to love the Lord we can do it, only as we rely on the love God has for us.

I. Hear the word / Lord.
II. Share the Lord / word.


A. This section of Scripture is part of Mosesí farewell address to the children of Israel, verse 1.
1. They are ready to enter the Promised Land. They are to remember all of Godís words.
2. Israel would remember Godís word only one way, by hearing and listening - verse 4.

B. Moses wanted Godís people to remember the only true God brought them through the wilderness.
1. Verse 5. Hearing and believing Godís people would be motivated to love the Lord.
2. From the depth of their soul they would and could love the Lord. Israel knew the Lordís love.

C. Verse 6. The word of God was to be in their hearts. Godís word would be a part of their daily living.
1. The Israelites heard, knew, believed, loved, and now would be moved to obey, verse 3.
2. Moses did not want Godís people to forget what they had heard and seen for the last 40 years.

D. We are reminded once again about the importance of hearing the word of God. The reality: Our sinful nature does not find Godís word, especially Godís law, very appealing. We do not want to hear that all our righteous acts are like filthy rags. We do not want to hear that our sins sweep us away. We chafe at the truth that even our thoughts are sinful. Today, even some churches do not want to hear or teach the very simple truths of Godís word. Some modern-day preachers have abandoned Jesus as the only way to heaven. Homosexuality and same-sex marriage is swept under the rug as ďtoo controversialĒ.
"For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear"(2 TIMOTHY 4:13). How sad that even those who are leaders do not hear and therefore do not ďteachĒ!

E. We would all readily agree that we live in the lap