4 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.[a] 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
For now — a couple of quick notes to consider:
1. Love God
Later in the NT Jesus will recall this passage and expand it to include the command to love others as yourself. Love God – Love others — it all hangs on these two.
We tend sometimes to get so caught in the rules and regulations, policies and by-laws, code of conduct and ethics — we miss some really simple concepts: God loves us, we are called to reciprocate that love toward Him. Since all are created in the image of God — loving those around us is logical.
Implementation of these simple concepts is where the real crux of the matter falls. But the bottom line is this — the overriding question on a day to day basis for the serious disciple is this:
What does love require of me?
2. The context for teaching (discipling) is daily life.
The legalist of Jesus’ day took the command literally in regard to tying scripture verses on their arms and foreheads.
The reality is that God was imploring his people to make His Word so much a part of daily life it is constantly before you. When come and when you go — when you sit or stand — active or at rest.
Teachable moments. Disciple making isn’t a classroom activity. It happens when you walk in the field. It happens when you drive in the card. It happens around the table. It happens at work. — and so on…..