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Is hearing and listening the same thing? This video, discover how sound entering your ear-drums isn’t synonymous with “listening”, at least from a biblical perspective. This video is the first installment of our Word Studies series, a six-part exploration of the ancient biblical prayer called “The Shema”.
For thousands of years, Jewish people have daily prayed the “Shema.” It’s a prayer that calls God’s people to respond to the divine love with faithfulness and devotion.
Explore the 1st part of a 6 part exploration from The Shema Series about the ancient biblical prayer called “The Shema”.
Shema – “Listen”
Moses Commands Obedience
1 “Now, O Israel, listen to athe statutes and the judgments which I teach you to observe, that you may live, and go in and 1possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers is giving you.
2 a“You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
3 “Your eyes have seen what the LORD did at aBaal Peor; for the LORD your God has destroyed from among you all the men who followed Baal of Peor.
4 “But you who held fast to the LORD your God are alive today, every one of you.
5 “Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess.
6 “Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is ayour wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’
7 “For awhat great nation is there that has bGod1 so near to it, as the LORD our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?
8 “And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?
9 “Only take heed to yourself, and diligently akeep yourself, lest you bforget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And cteach them to your children and your grandchildren,
10 “especially concerning athe day you stood before the LORD your God in Horeb, when the LORD said to me, ‘Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’
11 “Then you came near and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the midst of heaven, with darkness, cloud, and thick darkness.
12 a“And the LORD spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of the words, but saw
CHAPTER 4 References
1 a[Rom. 10:5]
2 aProv. 30:6
6 a[2 Tim.
3:15] 7 a[2 Sam.
55:6] 1Or a
9 aProv. 4:23
10 aEx. 19:9,
12 aDeut. 5:4,
22 b1 Kin.
13 aDeut. 9:9,
11 bEx. 34:28
14 aEx. 21:1
1do or perform
15 aJosh. 23:11
16 aDeut. 9:12;
20:4, 5 cRom.
19 aDeut. 17:3
b2 Kin. 21:3
c[Rom. 1:25] 1divided
20 aJer. 11:4
22 a2 Pet.
23 aDeut. 4:16
24 aDeut. 9:3
25 a2 Kin.
30:18, 19 1live
long on it
no 1form; byou only heard a voice.
13 a“So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, bthe Ten Commandments; and cHe wrote them on two tablets of stone.
14 “And athe LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that you might 1observe them in the land which you cross over to possess.
Beware of Idolatry
15 a“Take careful heed to yourselves, for you saw no bform when the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire,
16 “lest you aact corruptly and bmake for yourselves a carved image in the 1form of any figure: cthe likeness of male or female,
17 “the likeness of any animal that is on the earth or the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air,
18 “the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground or the likeness of any fish that is in the water beneath the earth.
19 “And take heed, lest you alift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, ball the host of heaven, you feel driven to cworship them and serve them, which the LORD your God has 1given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage.
20 “But the LORD has taken you and abrought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be bHis people, an inheritance, as you are this day.
21 “Furthermore athe LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and swore that bI would not cross over the , and that I would not enter the good land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.
22 “But aI must die in this land, bI must not cross over the ; but you shall cross over and 1possess cthat good land.
23 “Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God which He made with you, aand make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which the LORD your God has forbidden you.
24 “For athe LORD your God is a consuming fire, ba jealous God.
25 “When you beget children and grandchildren and have grown old in the land, and act corruptly and make a carved image in the form of anything, and ado evil in the sight of the LORD your God to provoke Him to anger,
26 a“I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you will soon utterly perish from the land which you cross over the to possess; you will not 1prolong your
days in it, but will be utterly destroyed.
27 “And the LORD awill scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the LORD will drive you.
28 “And athere you will serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, bwhich neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.
29 a“But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
30 “When you are in 1distress, and all these things come upon you in the alatter days, when you bturn to the LORD your God and obey His voice
31 “(for the LORD your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor adestroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.
32 “For aask now concerning the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask bfrom one end of heaven to the other, whether any great thing like this has happened, or anything like it has been heard.
33 a“Did any people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live?
34 “Or did God ever try to go and take for Himself a nation from the midst of another nation, aby trials, bby signs, by wonders, by war, cby a mighty hand and dan outstretched arm, eand by great 1terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
35 “To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD Himself is God; athere is none other besides Him.
36 a“Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you; on earth He showed you His great fire, and you heard His words out of the midst of the fire.
37 “And because aHe loved your fathers, therefore He chose their 1descendants after them; and bHe brought you out of Egypt with His Presence, with His mighty power,
38 a“driving out from before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land as an inheritance, as it is this day.
39 “Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that athe LORD Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.
40 a“You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that 1it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may
28 aJer. 16:13
29 a[2 Chr.
15:4] 30 aHos. 3:5
31 aJer. 30:11
32 aJob 8:8
34 aDeut. 7:19
bEx. 7:3 cEx.
13:3 dEx. 6:6
36 aHeb. 12:19,
37 aDeut. 7:7,
8; 10:15; 33:3
bEx. 13:3, 9,
14 1Lit. seed
38 aDeut. 7:1
39 aJosh. 2:11
40 aLev. 22:31
41 aNum. 35:6
42 aDeut. 19:4
43 aJosh. 20:8
46 aDeut. 3:29
48 aDeut. 2:36;
49 aDeut. 3:17
CHAPTER 5 References
2 aEx. 19:5
3 aHeb. 8:9
4 aEx. 19:9
5 aGal. 3:19
6 aEx. 20:2–17
7 aHos. 13:4
8 aEx. 20:4
2prolong your days in the land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time.”
Cities of Refuge East of the
41 Then Moses aset apart three cities on this side of the
42 athat the manslayer might flee there, who kills his neighbor unintentionally, without having hated him in time past, and that by fleeing to one of these cities he might live:
43 aBezer in the wilderness on the plateau for the Reubenites, Ramoth in Gilead for the Gadites, and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites.
Introduction to God’s Law
44 Now this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel.
45 These are the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which Moses spoke to the children of Israel after they came out of Egypt,
46 on this side of the , ain the valley opposite Beth Peor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon,whom Moses and the children of Israel bdefeated1 after they came out of Egypt.
47 And they took possession of his land and the land aof Og king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, who were on this side of the , toward the 1rising of the sun,
48 afrom Aroer, which is on the bank of the River Arnon, even to Mount 1Sion (that is, bHermon),
49 and all the plain on the east side of the as far as the Sea of the Arabah, below the aslopes of Pisgah.
The Ten Commandments Reviewed
1 And Moses called all Israel, and said to them: “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your hearing today, that you may learn them and be careful to observe them.
2 a“The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.
3 “The LORD adid not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, those who are here today, all of us who are alive.
4 a“The LORD talked with you face to face on the mountain from the midst of the fire.
5 a“I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the LORD; for byou were afraid because of the fire, and you did not go up the mountain. He said:
6 a‘I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of 1bondage.
7 a‘You shall have no other gods 1before Me.
8 a‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any
likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
9 you shall not abow1 down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, 2visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
10 abut showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and 1keep My commandments.
11 a‘You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him 1guiltless who takes His name in vain.
12 a‘Observe the Sabbath day, to 1keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you.
13 aSix days you shall labor and do all your work,
14 but the seventh day is the aSabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.
15 aAnd remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out from there bby a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.
16 a‘Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, bthat your days may be long, and that it may be well with cyou in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
17 a‘You shall not murder.
18 a‘You shall not commit adultery.
19 a‘You shall not steal.
20 a‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
21 a‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.’
22 “These words the LORD spoke to
9 aEx. 34:7,
10 aDan. 9:4
11 aEx. 20:7
12 aEx. 20:8
13 aEx. 23:12;
14 a[Heb. 4:4] 15 aDeut.
16 aLev. 19:3
17 aMatt. 5:21
18 aEx. 20:14
13:9] 20 aEx. 20:16;
21 aEx. 20:17
22 aDeut. 4:13
23 aEx. 20:18,
24 aEx. 19:19
26 aDeut. 4:33
27 aEx. 20:19
29 aPs. 81:13
31 a[Gal. 3:19] 32 aDeut.
CHAPTER 6 References
1 aDeut. 12:1
all your assembly, in the mountain from the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and He added no more. And aHe wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me.
The People Afraid of God’s Presence
23 a“So it was, when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders.
24 “And you said: ‘Surely the LORD our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and awe have heard His voice from the midst of the fire. We have seen this day that God speaks with man; yet he bstill lives.
25 ‘Now therefore, why should we die? For this great fire will consume us; aif we hear the voice of the LORD our God anymore, then we shall die.
26 a‘For who is there of all flesh who has heard the voice of the living God speaking from the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?
27 ‘You go near and hear all that the LORD our God may say, and atell us all that the LORD our God says to you, and we will hear and do it.’
28 “Then the LORD heard the voice of your words when you spoke to me, and the LORD said to me: ‘I have heard the voice of the words of this people which they have spoken to you. aThey are right in all that they have spoken.
29 a‘Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and balways keep all My commandments, cthat it might be well with them and with their children forever!
30 ‘Go and say to them, “Return to your tents.”
31 ‘But as for you, stand here by Me, aand I will speak to you all the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments which you shall teach them, that they may observe them in the land which I am giving them to possess.’
32 “Therefore you shall 1be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; ayou shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
33 “You shall walk in aall the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live band that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.
The Greatest Commandment
1 “Now this is athe commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the
land which you are crossing over to possess,
2 a“that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, band that your days may be prolonged.
3 “Therefore hear, O Israel, and 1be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may amultiply greatly bas the LORD God of your fathers has promised you— c‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’
4 a“Hear, O Israel: 1The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
5 a“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, bwith all your soul, and with all your strength.
6 “And athese words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
7 a“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
8 a“You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
9 a“You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Caution Against Disobedience
10 “So it shall be, when the LORD your God brings you into the land of which He 1swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities awhich you did not build,
11 “houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—awhen you have eaten and are full—
12 “then beware, lest you forget the aLORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
13 “You shall afear the LORD your God and serve Him, and bshall take oaths in His name.
14 “You shall not go after other gods, athe gods of the peoples who are all around you
15 “(for athe LORD your God is a jealous God bamong you), lest the anger of the LORD your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.
16 a“You shall not 1tempt the LORD your God bas you 2tempted Him in Massah.
17 “You shall adiligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, His testimonies, and His statutes which He has commanded you.
18 “And you ashall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD,
3 aDeut. 7:13
cEx. 3:8, 17
4 a[1 Cor. 8:4,
6] 1Or The
LORD is our
i.e., the only
5 aMatt. 22:37
b2 Kin. 23:25
7 aDeut. 4:9;
8 aProv. 3:3;
9 aDeut. 11:20
10 aJosh. 24:13
11 aDeut. 8:10;
13 aMatt. 4:10
14 aDeut. 13:7
15 aEx. 20:5
16 aLuke 4:12
b[1 Cor. 10:9] 1test 2tested
18 aEx. 15:26
20 aEx. 13:8,
21 aEx. 13:3
24 aDeut. 6:2
cDeut. 4:1 1do
that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land of which the LORD swore to your fathers,
19 a“to cast out all your enemies from before you, as the LORD has spoken.
20 a“When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the LORD our God has commanded you?’
21 “then you shall say to your son: ‘We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the LORD brought us out of Egypt awith a mighty hand;
22 ‘and the LORD showed signs and wonders before our eyes, great and severe, against Egypt, Pharaoh, and all his household.
23 ‘Then He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in, to give us the land of which He 1swore to our fathers.
24 ‘And the LORD commanded us to 1observe all these 2statutes, ato fear the LORD our God, bfor our good always, that cHe might preserve us alive, as it is 3this day.
25 ‘Then ait will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to observe all these commandments before the LORD our God, as He has commanded us.
Answered Prayer for Deliverance from Adversaries
To the Chief Musician. With 1stringed instruments. A 2Contemplation of David awhen the Ziphites went and said to Saul, “Is David not hiding with us?”
1 SAVE me, O God, by Your name, And vindicate me by Your strength.
2 Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth.
3 For strangers have risen up against me, And oppressors have sought after my life; They have not set God before them. Selah
PSALM 54 References
title a1 Sam.
4 1sustain my
7 aPs. 59:10
5 He will repay my enemies for their evil. 1Cut them off in Your 2truth.
6 I will freely sacrifice to You; I will praise Your name, O LORD, for it is good.
7 For He has delivered me out of all trouble; aAnd my eye has seen its desire upon my enemies.
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