Deuteronomy 6:4 ” Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”

This verse is referred to as the “Shema,” which is how the first word in the Hebrew text is pronounced.  This word means “to heed, listen, and obey.”  Moses stressed the priority of belief in only one God as the people encountered countless foreign gods around them.  And the next verse showed them, and us, the way to perpetuate and foster this belief of only one God, for it states in verse 5, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”   It tells us in proverbs 9:10,  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…”   To know God is to love Him, and the more we love Him, the more we desire to listen and obey Him.

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