Hear, O Israel
"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one, and as for you, you shall Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength."
This powerful prayer has been spoken by faithful Jewish people for thousands of years. Found in Deuteronomy 6:4-5, it is often called the Shema after it’s first work (in Hebrew Shema). Jesus cited the second half of this prayer as the most important commandment and when Jesus says something is important we should sit up and pay attention.
Starting on June 3rd our first summer preaching series will dive deep into this prayer, examining a different word each week: Hear, Lord, love, heart, soul, and strength. This series is based on some excellent videos from an amazing organization called The Bible Project. You can learn more about them by going online at www.bibleproject.com. If you’ve never experienced The Bible Project stop reading this article and go to their website RIGHT NOW. You can find all of their videos for the Shema Series at https://thebibleproject.com/explore/shema-listen/. They do tremendous work.
As we look through this prayer I encourage all of you to use it as a devotional prayer regularly. Think about what the words hear, Lord, love, heart, soul, and strength mean to you and what they look like in real life. A life of faith is not about having all of the answers, it’s about asking the right questions and then answering them with the way you live your life. My hope and prayer is that this series will guide our questions, which will then help us answer them with lives lovingly connected to God and each other.