What does it mean to love God “with all of your strength”? In this final installment of our Shema series, we explore the Hebrew word underneath this phrase. And spoiler alert: “strength” is only one of many ways this rich word could be translated.
Today, our reading comes from Deuteronomy 17-20 as Moses continues to give the Israelites instructions as they prepare to cross the Jordan River.
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I think it is interesting in chapter 17 that the Levites are the ones who help decide big issues that are over the “pay grade” of the courts. I think if shows that those who are closest to God will have the wisest insights in hard matters. May we be closer to God so we can grow in wisdom!
I don’t think I ever realized that God gave them instructions about selecting a king, knowing they’d eventually demand one “to be like other nations”. His instructions about taking many wives and accumulating a lot of wealth are clear warnings of what will happen with David and Solomon, among other kings they had. And I found the instruction of keeping the scroll with him & reading it daily shows just how quickly we forget God’s instructions.