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THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD

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           There are many verses in the book of Deuteronomy where the Israelites (and so we also) are commanded to love the LORD.  In Mark 12:30 and 31 the Lord Jesus confirms this to a scribe where we read: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  There is none other commandment greater than these”.

            This seems like it might be difficult to follow unless we see that this has to do, not first of all with feelings, but with action.  An example of this is in II Samuel 23:14-17.  David mentions that he would very much like a drink of the well in Bethlehem.  Apparently that was the best he ever had.  I can relate to that myself.  When I was a boy we had a windmill and also a cup by the well and a pump handle.  When we wanted a drink we could just pump the water directly out of the ground.  That was the best water I ever had as it had not gone through all the pipes, filters, etc it does today.

            Three of David’s men hear him and go to Bethlehem and get the water for him.  We have to realize that Bethlehem was then in enemy territory and there was a band of Philistines guarding the town.  Risking their lives they attacked the Philistine garrison and brought David the water.

            For these three men to show their love for David we see four things that were needed:

            1-They had to be close enough to David to hear his voice.

            2-They must hear his exact words.

            3-They must spend much time with him to catch what he is saying.

            4-Their love for him must be great enough to risk all for him.

            Now all these things can be applied to myself and David’s Greater Son.  Here I would add Psalm 46:10=Be still and know that I am God.  In David’s time the loudest noise was the Shofar.  Today if we want quiet we have to work at it.  Even when I was a boy the loudest sound I would hear most of the day was my grandpa shouting at the horses.

            Notice that the men did not demand a verse of the Torah to prove that they should risk their lives for David.  It is possible to lose many blessings today because we do not live close enough to God to sense His prompting for some small thing.  The opposite of this is Gideon in Judges 6-9.  He was truly a man of God, one of the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11.  Gideon had a concubine in Shechem.  Gideon could not prove from Moses’ writings that this was wrong but if he had lived close enough to God to hear his voice he would have saved his family a lot of grief.  The son that this marriage produced killed 69 of Gideon’s 70 sons.

Did God remember?  Later, when David’s great men were named it was mentioned more than once that none could match these three.

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Written by biblestruth

March 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Posted in scripture

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