Summary: God demands that you love him with all your heart, soul, and mind.
“What Kind of Love is God Looking For From Us?”
February 9, 2014
Chester FBC, Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A If you go to KFC, you have a choice of dark or white meat, it’s what you prefer.
1 My favorite is white meat (Ms. Pam’s is the dark), my favorite part of a steak is the fat, loaf of bread is the heal, Justice league is Green Lantern (Funny Story.)
a The boys & I were watching an animated show with the Justice League this week (on one of their snow days) and told Ridge, “If something ever happened to your mom, I’d try to find a woman like Wonder Woman.” Ridge said, “Kinda aiming a little high there aren’t you Ol’man?”
b The passage I’m going to read you is the choice cut of Scripture to the Jew, the Shema.
a The Shema is divided into three-parts.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NASB) 4 "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! 5 "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 "These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 "You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. 8 "You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. 9 "You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 11:13-21 (NASB)13 "It shall come about, if you listen obediently to my commandments which I am commanding you today, to love the LORD your God and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul, 14 that He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil. 15 "He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. 16 "Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them. 17 "Or the anger of the LORD will be kindled against you, and He will shut up the heavens so that there will be no rain and the ground will not yield its fruit; and you will perish quickly from the good land which the LORD is giving you. 18 "You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. 19 "You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up. 20 "You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your sons may be multiplied on the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens remain above the earth.
Numbers 15:37-41 (NASB) 37 The LORD also spoke to Moses, saying, 38 "Speak to the sons of Israel, and tell them that they shall make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of blue. 39 "It shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, so as to do them and not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you played the harlot,40 so that you may remember to do all My commandments and be holy to your God. 41 "I am the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt to be your God; I am the LORD your God."
bb This passage is apart of their morning & evening prayers; inscribe on their phylacteries; inside their Muzzuahs as they enter a room.
b The most important part of this “choice cut” is Deut. 6.4-9.
Deuteronomy 6:4-6 (NASB) 4 "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! 5 "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 "These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.
2 As the Jew recites this daily prayer, they do so under the prayer shawl (Tallith.)
a If you would count all the words of the Shema from the Hebraic text you would find 248 words in total.