Summary: Love the Lord
THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL (DEUTERONOMY 6:1-9)
What is your favorite Bible verse or golden verse? Two verses shaped my life, one led to my conversion and the other to seminary. The first, from Matt 10:32-33, convinced me not to delay accepting Christ: “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. “
The second, from Rom 10:14-15, planted the seed of seminary enrolment and full-time ministry in my heart when I was a teenager: “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”
Before entering the Promised Land, the new generation of Israelites were given the golden verse of golden verses in two short verses, which is also known as “The Shema,” which today is the centerpiece of the twice-daily, morning and evening, Jewish prayer services. Observant Jews consider the Shema to be the most important part of the prayer service in Judaism, and its recitation as a mitzvah (religious commandment). (Wikipedia “Shema Yisrael”)
What is the purpose of the Shema? Why is its teachings central not to individuals but also to the family and the society? How do the core values apply today?
Guide the Young
1 These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your fathers, promised you. (Deut 6:1-3)
What is the best gift a parent can bequeath a child? The priority should not be the traditional thinking of leaving “half a bucket of gold” (半桶金),” which is what a couple called an apartment they planned to leave behind their adult son. I am sure you know what the Chinese think the best gift to leave one’s children, which is also the tried and true way for people in old Hong Kong to get out of poverty? The answer is no other but education.
The United States Census Bureau reported that the average annual earnings in 1999 ranged from $18,900 for high school dropouts to $25,900 for high school graduates, $45,400 for college graduates and $99,300 for the holders of professional degrees (medical doctors, dentists, veterinarians and lawyers).
The report reveals that over an adult's working life, high school graduates can expect, on average, to earn $1.2 million; those with a bachelor's degree, $2.1 million; and people with a master's degree, $2.5 million. So a bachelor’s degree is worth $900,000 more in lifetime earnings than a high school diploma and a college master's degree is worth $1.3 million more. Persons with doctoral degrees earn an average of $3.4 million during their working life, while those with professional degrees do best at $4.4 million.