Hear, O Israel, the Lord Our God is One

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

~Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 is known in Hebrew as the “Shema.” These words are spoken over Jewish families, and are hidden in the Mezuzah that hangs on the door of every Jewish home. It is often put to music, as it is below.

One interesting thought always comes to mind when I hear the Shema. The first verse proclaims the Lord God is one. Could it be a reference to the trinity…Father, Son and Holy Spirit…that we as believers recognize as the three-in-one character of God? If so, the Jewish people, who refrain from acknowledging Jesus as God, are actually proclaiming it!

What are your thoughts?

Meanwhile, enjoy the Shema, set to contemporary music.

Happy Sunday!

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