What does it say?
Luke 10: 25-28 “On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
This was a test. From an expert in the ‘Bible’. Maybe he as trying to see how Jewish Jesus was? Did he follow the law? Did he even know it properly? Was he here to get rid of the law of Moses or keep it? Was he a threat to their culture?
Jesus answers, “What does it say?”
“Let’s get the Bible out and have a look.”
This week I am at a Christian Camp called Elim Family Festival, it has been held annually since 1962 in Yorkshire and this year we have sensed God is doing a new thing amongst us and the Camp will be a catalyst for a fresh move of God in Elim, 2020 is going to be great and details will soon be available on http://www.elimfestival.org/ (promotion over!)
At the camp I heard of a woman who saw something in the Bible for the first time and was visibly convicted by what she read compared to her lifestyle! Her response was ‘I have to change!’ YES! The Bible speaks today!
What does it say? More than that. How do you read it? How do you interpret and apply what you are reading?
In the Bible Study mornings I became excited as we studied the Lord’s Prayer and also John 17 and I saw something I had not seen before. The Bible does that. You read it all your life and then one morning you turn the page and there it is, staring right in front of you! The truth for the moment!
What does it say?
Every Jew knew it and they still do.
So we are not surprised that Jesus, being Jewish has this answer to what is the greatest commandment.
The Shema: Deuteronomy 6:4-9
It’s the first passage children recite. It is prayed twice a day and at the end of festivals.
It starts with the word Shema = Listen or Hear.
Do those 2 things and you will live. The second stems from the first. Your love for others comes out of a living experience of loving God.