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Rediscovering the Great Commandment (2 of 4)
Series: rediscovering the church in the 21st century
There is an outline for you to follow, if that helps you. When I was 20 years old, and my bride to
be, my wife, was 18, I was a sophomore in college, she was a freshman, we were to get married that May, and so it meant that she would go back home from Clinton, Mississippi to Miami, Florida, where we both grew up, and she'd go to work and save all of her money, because we had a lot of love but no money.
Anybody get married like that? And I remember giving her a photograph, and I wrote on the photograph a verse of scripture from Jeremiah, ''I've loved you with an everlasting love.'' So I was making a commitment to her, that my love for her would not grow less, because of a distance, but in fact the love would increase, because the love was not a human love, a fickle love, a changing love, but a love that I had learned from God, an everlasting love, a covenant love. And God has provided the strength for that covenant over the years. When Jesus was asked about what is the greatest commandment, He did not hesitate, there was not a reason to hesitate. Everything about Jesus moved from His obedience to this supreme characteristic of eternal God, and the Father in heaven, and He being the Son, and also knowing the Holy Spirit as one with Himself, His answer was, ''The most important commandment, the greatest commandment is this,'' and He quoted from Deuteronomy 6:4 and 5, and this is called the Shamea in Judaism. Shamea is the word for hear, and it's the first word in the verse. This is the confession of faith of Israel.
''Hear, oh Israel; The Lord, the Lord is one.'' And that is the principle of faith that there is one
God, there are no competitors, there is no other God, there are no rivals. There are pretenders, there are phonies, and there are fakes, but He is the one true God. ''Hear, oh Israel; the Lord our God, the L ...
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