What’s Shema For You?
The “Shema” is the common term for the central Hebrew declaration for faith and practice found in Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Shema is Hebrew for the first word found in the declaration, “Hear.” The Shema reminds the Jewish people that their driving passion and purpose is to be a community whose life is a response to the commanding voice of God! What is the essential driving passion of your life and its living? What’s “Shema” for you?
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.2 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.
This week in worship we will see how a certain person seeking God asks Jesus this question, and how the interaction drew this seeker closer into the Kingdom of God.