Spiritually Speaking for week of November 17, 2011

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By Pearl Harper

  Spiritually Speaking

Pearl Harper

The Lord Our God is One Lord


We have been studying in Deuteronomy 6, where Moses was telling the people how to teach the law and keep the commandments. Verse 3-6 are, “Hear therefore, O Israel and observe and do it: that it may be well with thee and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God in one Lord. And thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thine heart, and with all thine soul and with all thy might.”

If we could only grasp the meaning of these verses, God would show us what he would have us do, spiritually speaking. These and some similliar verses were recited twice daily at later times and became Judaism’s basic confessions of faith.

Do we love God with all our heart? In other words with all our feelings, our will, the center of everything? Does our intellect, our power of thinking center around God? Do we love God with all our soul? Do we love God with all our might? This means wholly, to the extent or degree of completely, thoroughly and entirely.

When I first accepted Christ and started reading the Bible, I was in awe of the stories and happenings throughout the Bible. I will never forget when I first read about Moses at Mt. Sinai in Exodus 3:13, Moses asked God, “when I talk to the children if Israel, what shall I say to them hen they ask who sent me?”

Verse 14 says, “and God said unto Moses, I am that I am, and he said, thust shalt say unto the children of Israel, I am hath sent me unto you.”

Some of the names of God are almighty God, everlasting God, Yahweh, Lord of Hosts, Holy One of Israel, only Potentate, Father of Lights, they are too numerous to mention. The one that stirs me the most is God’s answer to Moses,  “I am that I am.” The Jesus who questioned Jesus so intently in John chapter 8, did not like his answer in verse 58. Jesus said unto them, “verily, verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am.” Verse 59, says they took up stones but Jesus went through the midst of them. John’s account of Judas coming to the garden to betray Jesus is the only gospel that lists this miraculous story.  Judas knew where to find Jesus and his disciples so he led the chief priests and Pharisees with 600 military men to him. They had lanterns and torches and weapons.

Jesus stepped forth and asked “whom seek ye?” They said “Jesus of Nazareth.” As soon as he said “I am he”, they went backward and fell to the ground. In John 18: 2-8 Jesus spoke the words “I am he” three times.

The word he is an added word in the scriptures. To me he said “I Am”, three times. John wrote to the seven churches in John1:4, “Grace be unto you and peace from him which is and which was and which is to come.” The Lord our God is one Lord, he is alpha and omega , the first and the last and the great I Am.

God Bless