Tuesday, April 22, 2014

6. Shema Yisrael

Time:  622 BC - 605 BC
Place:  Jerusalem

With the rediscovery of the Book of the Law, Josiah and Jeremiah would have instructed the Israelites to the most important verse in the Book of the Law - Deuteronomy 6:4, "Hear, O Israel: Yahweh our God, Yahweh is one.

:שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יהוה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יהוה אֶחָד

These words express the uncompromising worship of the one true God, Yahweh. Once our focus is on Yahweh God, this verse is immediately followed by the command, "You must love Yahweh God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength." (Deut 6:5)

At the time, the Israelites had strayed from the one true God and worshipped many idols and gods.  True spiritual revival calls people to return to worship and love the one true God Yahweh with all of their being.

Parents were instructed to impress these commandments onto the hearts of their children. They were to talk about them while sitting at home, walking along the road, lying down and getting up.

It is under this kind of spiritual atmosphere that Daniel lived in his early childhood under Josiah's revival and Jeremiah's preaching.  Jeremiah was a prophet preaching in Jerusalem at that time.  A firm spiritual foundation was laid.  Daniel knew the one true God Yahweh in his heart and to love God with all his being.

Let us also follow the same as we teach our children about the one true God, Yahweh, to worship and to love Yahweh God with all their hearts.

**This video is an excerpt from our Music Drama in Easter Camp 2014**

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