Listen to me beloved of God! I’m going to get a little Greek on you this morning…maybe even a little Hebrew. But God has been opening my eyes to a truth in His word this week that I have just got to share! It has blown my mind and I’m hoping you will open your ears…and let it blow yours.
You only have one job for this. I need you to open up your Bible with me, or log on to your Bible, whichever way you Word. I personally love the YouVersion Bible app…but I love the feel of a Bible in my hands even more! We’re going to first go to Deuteronomy. I need you to turn to chapter six verse five. Chapter six verse five. Deuteronomy 6:5. Oh yeah…we’re not in Sunday School so I don’t have to say it eight times… “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
I know: “Maggie…why did I have to turn there if you were going to post it?!?” Because, oh great impatient one, I want you to read it in your translation. Doesn’t it say the same thing mostly? What do we love God with? Our heart, soul, might.
Now here is where my mind-blowing truth comes in. Buckle up and put your helmets on…
Here is what I have noted about these parts of myself. I can get a little upitty over them. “I have a wonderful heart, a soul that is right with God, and I love my God with all of my might.” The Dark One likes to help us trip over into prideful thinking and these words make it easy for me to do so. Another thing though, don’t these words make you feel a little bit like it is something you’ve got to work toward? It takes might. That last word there. We have to work with all our might to love God! But do we? Well, if you’re struggling with those questions, you may be interested to learn that these are not the best translations of the original Hebrew words.
The original Hebrew here is to love God with all your lēb, nepeš, and mė ōd. Know more than you did? No more than you did! Let me explain:
Mė ōd: resources
So let’s read our scripture again in light of our new definitions.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your being and with all your resources.”
Do you have to think about your heart for it to beat? Nope…God does that. Do you have to think about your being in order to exist? Nope…God does that. Do you have a say in your natural resources (talents, personality traits, etc.)? Nope…God does that. The original language here takes every bit of this worship out of my hands and places it directly back into my creator’s! I don’t have to give my might I just have to give back what God first gave me. I return my heart…I return myself…I return all I have been given.
Now, this truth was first opened for me while reading this week. Then, it was reopened wen they brought it into the New Testament for us. Because, if you’ll recall, we see a very similar statement in the Gospels.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and being, and mind, and resources, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
There is an extra word thrown in there. Mind. This little word is why I wanted to share this word. We are to love God with all our heart. We are to live for Him with all our days of being. We are to give back to Him all the resources which He first gave to us. We are to think on Him and His Word. Allow yourself to approach this faith we have with your mind. Let the truth sink in. Let your mind be skeptical…let the God of the Atlantic and the amoeba give proof to your mind of who He is and what He has done. I always remember hearing someone say of a skeptical mind toward God, “He is a big boy. He can handle it!”
If you leave this post today knowing anything, know that you are to “Love your God with all your heart, and being, and mind, and resources, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself”. We close with the words of that last command:
Love each other.