service starts at 3:27
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 on 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.
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘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 mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
- How would you paraphrase these passages?
- These instructions are not to “me” (Jesus) but to “our” God. What does this tell us about God? What does this tell us about humans?
- Our life style which I call “living out loud” is determined by our identity. How would you describe the identity of a disciple of Jesus?
- What does verse 8-9 mean in practice? (“Tie them as symbols […] Write them on the doorframes […]”
- If this is really God’s word, what changes would I have to make in my lifestyle? What will I do about that this week?
- What perception of God needs to change so that I can live an integrated lifestyle?
- What would need to change in my lifestyle in order for it to be integrated?
- What do I want my children or others to appreciate about the Jesus I am representing?