Shemah

          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. Deut. 6:4-5 (NKJV). This brief but all-important scripture became the Jewish people’s profession of faith.  According to Rabbinic law the Shemah was recited every morning and night.  It is not surprising that the Jewish people put such an emphasis on this scripture.  The verse following commands them further: “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” Deut. 6:6-7 (NKJV). It appears that God very much wanted parents to put considerable attention to teaching their children the importance of loving God. When Jesus walked the earth one of the scribes asked Him “What commandment is the foremost of all?”  In other words, what commandment is most important?  Jesus answered and said, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.” Mark 12:29-30 (NKJV). Are you wondering: what is the most important truth to apply in your life or what is the most important truth you should impart into your children? May I suggest that you consider repeating this profession of faith often? After all, if God said it was important and Jesus said it was important, perhaps the Jewish people have a good tradition that you may want to make part of your morning and evening prayers with your family…the Shemah……… “Hear     (put in your name or say it as a family with each family member name)  The Lord my God, the Lord is one! I (we) shall love the Lord my (our) God with all my (our) heart, with all my (our) soul, and with all my (our) strength.    Adapted from Deut. 6:4-5

Blessings, Patricia Wenzel

WOC Graduate

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