Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Jesus Creed

Good morning. I hope you woke up this morning with a word of praise to our LORD. Starting a day with the acknowledgement of the One who made us makes any day worth getting up for.

Our small group just started a new series that excites me. We are using a book called The Jesus Creed by Scot McKnight. The premise of the study is taken from the Shema.

I remember in the early days of our marriage Rich introduced me to the Shema. Perhaps you haven't heard of it?
Every good Jew would recite this "creed" if you will in the morning and in the evening. It was a daily reminder of how to live life. This would be the very first prayer that any child would learn. They spoke if it on the road, in their homes and even wrote it down and wore it on their robes as a reminder. In other words, this was the core of their belief system. Everything they did revolved around the Shema. It is found in Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deut 6:4-9 (ESV)

After reading it, can you see why this is the very foundation for a relationship with YHWH*? Tomorrow I would like to share what Jesus had to say about the core of that relationship.

Want to join me? See you tomorrow, Lord willing.

In Christ Alone,


Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".

1 comment:

  1. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. these words are very precious to me. after ten years of one catastrophe after another i finally learned what this means. when i allowed myself to become empty, empty of, audiobooks, even sermons...God came in and filled the emptiness. Him, His Word. alone. that is where we hear Him. life was so difficult, escape seemed necessary, it even seemed to be my right. but no, as long as i escaped into anything else, i could not meet Him. that was His first lesson...