Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (KJV)
[4] Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: [5] And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

It’s interesting how a same verse reveals more over time. Some attribute to different situations gives rise to possible different understanding. Bearing in mind, different here does not mean radical difference such as east to west opposites.

Duet 6:4-5 appeals to me this time for the following reasons: Easy to remember address. Duet 456. U get the drift. Shift 6 forward and voila!

One. This one speaks volumes as it’s being declared. One means no more, no less. Jehovah LORD is one God! Keep in mind One.

Then in Deut 6:5 it focuses on Love and All. All equates to one whole or 100%. No more no less. So verse 4 and 5 is rather interlinked isn’t it?

Now analogy. Can I love my spouse with “all my heart” if I have room for someone else? That means my 100% is reduced, no longer all. Now to add into equation, I want to give honor to the angels, the saints, certain people, to the whoever one thinks should give honor or love, not that we should hate them, but honor almost equal to godly worship by names, titles, statues, bowing, prostrating, offering … Does this offend God? No longer all as one ain’t it? To elevate certain sacraments to be above the fully completed work of Christ death on cross as requirement for salvation, would this be adding to God requirement? Are we playing God ourselves literally?

More by faith, less by sight does not mean no sight. It means to elevate faith above sights, things that can be seen. James 2:17 (KJV) [17] Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

May we never elevate anything above God. May we never elevate the gifts above the giver. May we never elevate the commands above the commander.

For our LORD is one God and is a jealous God. Duet 6:4, Exo 20:5

~ by ymsim on 2011/08/31.

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