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Bible Pathways - March 3, 2007



Deuteronomy 5 

In Today's Scripture Reading:

Review of the Covenant made on Horeb (Mount Sinai); chosen to be a holy people; command to destroy idol worship

Moses reminded the Israelites: The Lord our God is one Lord (Deuteronomy 6:4). The Hebrew word translated our God is Elohenu, meaning "our Gods." This, then, is what Moses said: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God(s) is one Lord (6:4). The word one ( echad) expresses "one" in the collective sense and signifies a compound unity. Thus, one Lord is a glorious revelation of the One True God as being one yet expressed in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Consider these revelations: Let Us make man in Our image (Genesis 1:26); as one of Us (3:22); let Us go (11:7); and who will go for Us? (Isaiah 6:8). The same Hebrew word echad is used in Genesis 2:24 where man and woman become one flesh and, even with numerous children, they are still called "one" family.

The Hebrew word for "one" in the sense of absolute oneness is the word yacheed, meaning an "absolute one." Moses had the word yacheed available to him; but, obviously, Moses was led by God to accurately refer to Himself by the word echad, meaning a compound unity. Those who reject Jesus as fully God, as well as fully Man, are rejecting the true revelation of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26). Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. . . . In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:5,7). And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ (3:9). And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:11). For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ (I Thessalonians 5:9).

It is evident that those who reject Jesus as the Son of God and only Savior are worshipers of a false god. For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus (I Timothy 2:5).

In the beginning was the Word (Logos, i.e. Divine Expression of God), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. . . . And the Word was made (became) flesh, and dwelt among us (John 1:1-3,14).

Word Studies:

5:17 kill =b> murder; 6:22 sore =b> ominous, horrifying; 7:2 smite them =b> defeat them; 7:13 fruit of thy womb =b> children; kine =b> cattle; 7:25 graven images =b> carved idols.

Christ Revealed:

Through the land flowing with milk and honey (Deuteronomy 6:3). This pictures Christ who provides for our needs. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).

Prayer Needs:

Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcast in honor of Bonnie Wilhite Country: Honduras (6 million) in Central America Major languages: Spanish and Indian dialects Religious freedom 86% Roman Catholic; 10% Protestant Prayer Suggestion: Praise the Lord for His faithfulness and mercy (Lamentations 3:22-23).

Optional Reading: Luke 18

Memory Verse for the Week: II Timothy 3:17

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