HEAR, O ISRAEL: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
This week, we discuss the Shema, the affirmation of loyalty to God that represents the greatest commandment of Christianity and Judaism. We explain why “the Lord is one” more accurately means that God is unique in substance. A better sense of the verse is, “The Lord is our God, the Lord alone,” or, “The Lord is our God, the Lord is unique.”
BEFORE WE pick up the story of Abraham, some context: When God divided the nations after the Tower of Babel incident, He placed them under the supervision of “sons of God,” angelic beings who were charged with carrying out His will while supervising His creation.
HEAR, O ISRAEL, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.
These words are the opening of the Shema, the central prayer in the Jewish prayer book, a declaration of faith or pledge of allegiance, if you will, to Yahweh. This week, we continue our study of Deuteronomy with a discussion of the Shema, the promises and warnings from Yahweh to the Israelites, and how these passages relate to prophecies fulfilled in the days of Antiochus Ephiphanes and yet to be fulfilled in the time of the Antichrist.