One of the tools I use to encourage myself in the memory of Holy Scripture is the Fighter Verse app. It is a really helpful way to get weekly passages hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against God (Psalm 119:11).
This week, the passage is from the book of Deuteronomy and the story of Israel. After their rebellion against God and forty years in the wilderness, wandering, they are now on the cusp of the Promised Land. Before they enter, Moses launches into an extended sermon, preparing the people for obedience and blessing in their new home. A few minutes into his exhortation, we find our memory passage:
Hear, O Israel:
Yahweh our God,
Yahweh is one.
You shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
(Deuteronomy 6:4-5, ESV)
"Hear, O Israel."
Huh. Why would Moses utter what seems like such a rudimentary and simple command at this point in the life of God's people? What might be bound up in the word, "hear"? And how might such an exhortation continue to apply to God's people today?
Well, thanks to the folks over at The Bible Project, we've got a great start on meditating on this passage and its ongoing significance. Take a few minutes to watch and hear.
“Do you really believe in the ‘God of the Old Testament’? I mean, he seems so ticked off all the time! All that vengeance, and wrath, and anger. All those times where he orders the extermination of whole cities, and sometimes wipes them out himself (see Sodom and Gomorrah).
Watch as the young Beck men proclaim their love for Jesus as they obey his command to be baptized.
All My Hope
One of the things I LOVE about being a pastor at Calvary is some of the amazing people I get to serve with every day. A couple of those are our worship pastor, Matt Faulkner, and one of his worship leaders, Christy Freeman.
On Easter Sunday, the Calvary family got to witness God working in the lives of two men who publicly affirmed their faith through baptism. It was a joy to see!
I think one of the challenges to reading through The Whole Story of the Bible is to keep reminding ourselves that the people involved were very real people dealing with really crucial and often difficult circumstances. For example, we have now arrived at a sobering word from Yahweh through the prophet Micah.
We’ve made our way through The Whole Story to one of the most famous stories in all of the Bible, and maybe all of literature. The story of the prophet Jonah.