by James Merritt

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For the Love (2 of 4)
Series: Family Re:Union
James Merritt
Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Matthew 22:37-40


1. It happens to all of us at some point. We can do it in everyday life, or we can plan it meticulously. We can even do it when we walk out of this worship center. What we all do is leave something behind. Many times it's not on purpose. Today one or more of you might leave a purse, a cell phone, your car keys in your seat. Other times it's very much on purpose. Many of you have prepared a last will and testament, spelling out in details each and every thing you will leave behind when your life is over. So whether by accident, or by choice, leaving things behind is something all of us may do.

2. If you are a parent, it does raise this question, ''What is the greatest thing that parents can leave their children once they leave this planet?''

A college education
A big bank account
Real Estate

3. God, through His servant, Moses, took the opportunity to tell an entire nation the answer to that question. We are going to go back in time, somewhere between 3500-4000 years ago where a man by the name of Moses, God's chosen prophet, is standing before a nation called ''Israel'' God's chosen people. He is giving them final instructions on what they are to do once they take over the land that God had promised them and how to live in such a way that they will enjoy living there and keep what they gained. Here is what He says,
''Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.'' (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, NIV)


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