For the first of our thematic studies we will be looking at the passage in Exodus 3. In order to introduce the subject, lets look at the words of our Lord in Matthew 22:
Mat 22:37 – Yashua(Jesus) said unto him, Thou shalt love Yahweh thy Elohim with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”
38 This is the FIRST and GREAT commandment.”
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
40 On these two commandments hang ALL the law and the prophets.”
Our Lord tells us that ALL the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments. If we wish to understand what is in the Law and the prophets, then we FIRST need to understand these two commandments. Without this understanding the Law is just ritual and all the prophecies have no purpose. Furthermore, if we wish to be part of what is prophesied for the future then we must live these commandments. Have the name in our foreheads (Apoc 22:4).
The first commandment is to “love Yahweh thy Elohim with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind”. What is love?
Much is said in this life about love, many dedicate there lives to “finding” it or experience it. It is the topic of many books, songs, plays and films, discussed on a daily basis, yet how many find lasting love or can say what it is!
Love is not a temporary fleeting desire, the outburst of hormones that produces a warm fuzzy feeling in the chest. While they may well be as a result of love, but could just as easily be empty and selfish. The love that this world strives for, is a burning to gratify the lusts of our eyes. Such gratification can never be found, the eyes of man can never be satisfied. (Prov 27:20).
1 John 4:7 – Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Happiness does not come from seeking love from others, in order to satisfy ourselves. Lasting happiness comes from becoming love, that by a change of character, one cannot help but to show it to others. “God is love”, if we are to become his sons and daughters, Elohim, then we must be come love. The love that is revealed to us by the spirit through our brother Paul to the Corinthians, this is the love that we should have for Yahweh:
1 Cor 13:4 – Love suffereth long, and is kind; Love envieth not; Love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Love never faileth …
If we love someone, we will treat them as if they were our selves. Seeking their welfare over our own, sometimes at our own expense. This is how we should love Yahweh and our brethren and sisters, as we shall see later see, these two commandments are one and the same.
We should love with all our heart, body and might, what does this mean?
The modern English idea that the heart is the source of love is not found in the Bible. In the Hebrew, the “Heart” is the center of something. Just as in the English phrase the “Heart of the issue” or the “Heart of the city”, extended to phrases and analogies such as “what makes you tick?”. These english uses of the word “Heart” are closer to the ideas behind the Hebrew word for Heart.
Naturally speaking, it is the Heart that drives the life blood round the body. As with the spiritual, it is the driving force of our lives, whatever motivates us. The focus of our mind is our heart, “where our Heart is”. So then, with all our desire, the focus of our lives should be Yahweh our Elohim and not our own selves.
Not only are we to love with all our focus, but also with all our “soul”. In the Hebrew and Greek, the word for “soul” means something that breaths. The verbal idea is to breath, to get your breath back (Exo 23:12, 31:17, II Sam 16:14). So a Nefesh is the bodily system that is designed to live by breathing.
So to love Yahweh with all our body, is to use our feet, our hands, our mouth, our lips, every part of our body in accordance with the will of Yahweh. Where we go, what we do, what we say should all be in accordance with our love of Yahweh. If we truly love him, then we would not do anything that would upset him.
This is not a half hearted love that stops when something else comes along. Or only when we can be bothered. It is love with all our energy, constantly drinking the living waters. Let us not be as the wicked, as chaff driven in the wind (Psa 1). Tossed about with every wind of doctrine (Eph 4:14), but instead we should try the spirits (1 John 4:1).
Deut 6:5 – And thou shalt love Yahweh thy Elohim with all thine focus, and with all thy body, and with all thy might.
So we have briefly looked at how we should love, but what should we love? What is Yahweh our Elohim? We shall see in part 2