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The Most Important Command

May 4, 2015

Upholding Commandments“Hear O Israel: The Lord our God is One Lord.”

Deuteronomy 6:4 is often, and rightly, used to show the Bible teaches the unity of God. Though God is Trinity, He is One. However, Deuteronomy 6:4 is not intended to teach the unity of God but the uniqueness of God as the sole subject of human worship. In Deuteronomy 6:14 God commands Israel not to follow after the gods of the Canaanites. The connection is obvious, God is the only true God and thus the only appropriate focus of all worship. Since God is truly the only God then He deserves to be the supreme object of all human devotion.

To love something more than God is to have another god besides Him. The elevation of another being or another benefit to a place of supreme adoration is an act of idolatry. God alone is God. He is the most important Being in the universe. None else is to hold the place of highest affection in the hearts of men. The most important command is the command to love God. Since God alone is the true God, the greatest command ever given is the command to love God. The first command demands devotion, entire devotion, genuine devotion, passionate devotion, intellectual devotion and active devotion.

The command “Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength” is the first command. From this command flows every other command. All the commands of the Old Testament originate in this command. All the commands of the New Testament originate in this command. Deuteronomy 6:6 draws a definitive connection between love for God and obedience ot the commands of God. The Christian today is to love God supremely. When God is the supreme object of the believer’s devotions, the commands of the New Testament will be recognized as tangible and appropriate expressions of love for God. The one devoted to God alone, who worships and adores Him above all else will desire to obey God.

Anyone familiar with current Christian music will recognize much of modern worship has a highly romantic flavor to it. To often love for God has been depicted as a romantic love. The Bible never describes love for God in this way. God is not a lover to be wooed. He is not a wife to be romanced. He is a God to be worshiped. The Christian’s love for God is not to be the romantic love between man and woman, but the reverential love of creation to his Creator. Christians are to worship, venerate and adore God. He is to be the greatest desire and the supreme love. He is not Disney world, a favorite football team, a bowl of ice cream, a beloved parent or a lifelong spouse. He is God and love for Him must retain that dignity and veneration which is due the Sovereign of All. This is not to suggest love for God is empty of passion and emotion. The command to love God with all your soul is a command to respond to God with a passionate love. Passion is not the same as romance. Intensity and devotion are expressed in ways other than sappy sentiment, love songs and breathless longing. The most important command, the first of all commands that is the fountainhead of all other commands, is this: Love God supremely. Love God intensely. Love God entirely. Love God as the Supreme Creator who deserves all respect, adoration, veneration and devotion.


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