Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Sh'ma

One of the scriptures that has always fascinated me is the Jewish Sh'ma or Deuteronomy 6:4 from the Christian Bible. How many times would I have recited it or meditated on it - I don't know.

Sh'ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheynu Adonai Echad !!

This is how I always understood it from the Bible. Hear Oh Israel! The Lord is your God, The Lord is ONE. Which makes sense too. It is good Jewish information. Of course, The Lord is God and The Lord is One. True. But this interpretation although true (on its own) always left me thirsty for more. I never felt I had enough revelation on this until a week ago.  

How about this -- Hear Oh Israel!! The LORD, The God, The Lord are ONE. Why should Moses mention The Lord, The God, The Lord thrice? Is Once too few?

David says, The Lord says to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool" Ps 110:1. The Lord (The God) is speaking with David's Lord. Who is  David's Lord? Is there another who is worthy to be addressed as Lord? Of course. And we know who this other Lord is.

The latter interpretation of the Sh'ma clearly (to me) exhibits the perfect union of a TRIUNE God. Of course there are multitudes of scriptures to establish the Triunity of our God (across both covenants), but if the Sh'ma can't open one's eyes then I seriously doubt if there are too many that can. God gives grace to the humble. Humility is in putting one's trust in David's Lord, Jesus (The Second Lord), who is the only way that God has ordained. When one does this in humility and repentance, The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead shall dwell in you and quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit (The Third Lord) that dwells in you. Rom 8:11

Hear Oh Israel!! The Lord, The God, The Lord are ONE!!