commandment wherein all others find their meaning and by which we are
brought to acknowledge the oneness and sovereignty of God in Christ
Jesus our Lord through whom we are enabled to do as He bids us.
AIM: That we
might realize that even as God is eternally unchanged so is His design
for us in our devotion toward Him.
INTR: The Book
of Deuteronomy provides both a summary of the redemption of Israel from
out of Egypt and a look into the spirituality of all that God requires.
1. Moses was at the end of a long ordeal and had learned that he would
not be entering the promised land.
2. His devotion remained to the
Lord and to His people even though death was imminent.
3. While the
giving of the Law was to prove the necessity of grace, that aim of grace
given and the objective produced in true believers was the same then as
THESIS:There is no higher
calling than to love the Lord thy God supremely and exclusively, and
true love for all others is derived from that which we experience in
loving Him so in the Trinity of His persons.
I. The most
important truth declared (v. 1-4)
1. The introduction to the
commandment and direction for their use (v. 1).
1) That they were to
be ever taught these things
2) That they were to be exercised in them
as they received the promise and so possessed it.
2. That the fear of
the Lord was to be practiced in such a way as to assure perpetuity – to
successive generations. (v. 2)
1) To be kept as one does a most
2) With a view to enduring life with the Lord
3. The commandment to “Hear….” Which we often hear throughout the Word
of God with the promise of grace to sustain and to enjoy – not a
tradeoff; rather a result of such a way.
4. That which is to be heard
with the utmost clarity and attended to with the utmost devotion:
The name of God declared three times in verse 4, suggesting the Trinity
to us and
2) The word “Elohim” (The mighty God and used 2570 times)
is indicated as plural and assumed to be three when used.
is the Name we associate with Jesus and is He who revealed Himself as
the God of Israel in particular: The Jehovah, Our Supreme God, is One
5. Our attention is commanded first and foremost to Him: 29
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O
Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 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. Mark
II. An essential reaction commanded (v. 5)
1. We are
reminded of the words of our Lord: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love
the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all
thy mind. Matthew 22:37 AND He that loveth father or mother more than me
is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is
not worthy of me. Matthew 10:37.
2. And then to see the necessity of
loving the Lord thy God to properly love others:
1) In the very form
(The Lord thy God) we find the acknowledgment: The redeemer, provider,
protector who is the Almighty God from Whom our very being is derived
and Who is the creator and owner of the air we breathe.
2) In Him
alone is found the resource to be what is required.
3. The devotion
is to be complete:
1) With all thine heart – the seat of affections
and emotions and understanding. The heart is to be undivided as to the
2) With all thy soul – the person, the will and
3) With all thy might – “as representing the outgoings
and energies of all the vital powers” (Barnes).
4. The prayer of
Paul: And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the
patient waiting for Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:5.
III. A Christ
centered life required and enjoyed (vv. 7-12)
1. It is to be noted
that Moses did not present these things as cold legal precepts; they
were to be matters of the heart and so projected with true affection for
God and those to whom they were taught.
1) A proper assessment of the
Lord will cause us to value Him supremely and
2) It will be then a
matter of desire that we pass our most precious possession on to our
children and those whom the Lord places in the aim of our affections and
2. The pictures presented are graphic but point to that
which is most spiritual
1) There was a tendency among the heathen to
use armbands, headbands, and other such devices to depict their devotion
to their false gods –
2) The evident idea here is that the love of
God along with the precepts so taught should be so ingrained in lives as
to communicate in action what is believed in the heart.
3) Even the
material things with which we have to do should reflect the teachings of
3. That life that is known in Christ our Lord is a result
of promise (the covenant reference o Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) and:
1) Includes all manner of good things and the blessedness of the Lord
all of which is given us and none of which is a result of our abilities
2) It is incorporated in the purpose of God for His
people that they should have these things and be so blessed on all our
4. The warning is evident: The tendency of men is to revel in
what we have and not to be reminded of the source – True Joy in the Lord
is the greatest of His gifts and provision and so we join with Him in