Daily Encouragement

March 26 – The Deuteronomy, the Shema, and the Mezuzah

Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25
Luke 7:11-35
Psalm 68:19-35
Proverbs 11:29-31

Deuteronomy 5:7-21 — If you missed this in Exodus 20, we have Deuteronomy (Second Law). Why is this important? This was the covenant of verse 2, spoken by the LORD “face to face.”

Deuteronomy 5:29 — Why can’t people keep God’s commandments? They need a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26)!

Deuteronomy 6:4 — This is the Shema:

The Shema is one of only two prayers that are specifically commanded in Torah (the other is Birkat Ha-Mazon - grace after meals). It is the oldest fixed daily prayer in Judaism, recited morning and night since ancient times. It consists of three biblical passages, two of which specifically say to speak of these things “when you lie down and when you rise up.” This commandment is fulfilled by including the Shema in the liturgy for Ma’ariv (evening services) and Shacharit (morning services). Traditional prayerbooks also include a Bedtime Shema, a series of passages including the Shema to be read at home before going to bed at night.

Judaism 101
  • Deuteronomy 6:2 – The best prescription for long life isn’t an herbal supplement but fearing the Lord and keeping His commandments!
  • Deuteronomy 6:5 – The Greatest Commandment (Matthew 22:37-38).
  • Deuteronomy 6:6 – You should memorize this passage.

Deuteronomy 6:9 — The Mezuzah is affixed to the door frame of devout Jewish homes (and hotel rooms)! What’s on the doorpost of your home?

Deuteronomy 6:25 — You can obtain righteousness by the Law … IF … and ONLY IF … you fulfill all the commandments of the LORD. All 613 of them, all the time. We can’t, but Someone did (2 Corinthians 5:21)!

Luke 7:22 — A reference to Isaiah 35:4-6.

Psalm 68:20 — The one who obtained the righteousness of Deuteronomy 6:25, who preached salvation from Isaiah 35:4 as testified in Luke 7:22, was the God of Salvation of Psalm 68:20.

Proverbs 11:30 — Is this an ancient text for an evangelism conference? Yes!

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