So the “Shema” came back up in my bible study this week. It has been shown to me this week that it is also a New Testament philosophy. Jesus brought it up as something special that we must also look into. Let’s look up what Jesus said in the book of Mark.
“And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.”
Mark 12:28-34 KJV
Jesus saw it has the First Commandment that we should follow. So what does that mean to us today? To me it means that the SHEMA was so important that Jesus himself had to mention it. That it is so important that we as men should understand it and use it in our lives. God gives us tools we have to be willing to use the tools that he is giving us. One of my words of wisdom that I even give to my children is this: “I have the answers to the test why try to figure them out on your own”. I let them know that when they are going through something in life that I have done before. Jesus already knew that the SHEMA was a very important prayer and way of life that is why it is quoted word for word in the New Testament. Let’s go fathers lets dig into our faith.
Yours In Christ,
A Christian Dad