The GREATEST COMMANDMENT in the Bible
February 22 Bible Reading: Deuteronomy Chapters 4-6
After 40 years of wandering in the desert, Moses dutifully carried out God’s instructions to reiterate and remind the Israelites about their journey so far, and teach them God’s law as their preparation to enter the Promised Land. Obedience to God’s law should be a priority, as in the words of Moses: "For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God" (Deut 4:24). After introducing God’s law (Deut 4:44-49), Moses reviews the Ten Commandments with the Israelites (Deut 5:1-22). By way of concluding his teaching of God’s commandments, Moses then proclaims the GREATEST commandment ever mentioned in the Bible: "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)
The first and greatest commandment of God's law is that we love God with ALL our heart, soul, mind and strength. This love should include four crucial components:
- Sincere – we must love God from our hearts and not in lip service and empty words.
- Strong – we must love God passionately surpassing all our other emotions.
- Shrewd – we must love God with all of our understanding and reasoning power.
- Superlative – we must love God above anybody or anything else in our lives.