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I had some bible fun recently with a group from the church. We met one evening to help encourage our CrossGeneration team, reinforcing commitment, direction, and support. The meeting started with an exercise for each of us there to find a colored necklace that represented the era of when our confirmation occurred. We then broke into mixed groups with every color “era” being represented. As you can guess we were all thrown into diverse groups for a discussion. We were given several translations of Deuteronomy 6:4-9 for discussion. Now that I think about it, it does seem a little strange to have the word “fun” and “bible” together in the same sentence, but there you have it! It was engaging and entertaining to hear everyone at our table give insight to the passage. It was interesting to hear from each generation perspective. From the NIV translation, the scripture reads this:

Deuteronomy 6 “4Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when `you get up. 8Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

Some of the insights that came out was new to me. We know that this scripture is important because Jesus referred to it. In Mark 12:28 Jesus was asked what the most important
commandment was. It gave us each the opportunity to carefully contemplate what this means to us individually, and as “generations”. Our collective summary was this: God is commanding us, to the very heart of who we are. In the other translations we saw the word “command” change to “thou shall”, and in another translation it read “you must”. Thinking about it, God is demanding this for our own good. If our heart is right, the rest of our lives will be right. God needs to be in everything we think, everything we do, and everything we say. God should be in the first thing we do when we get up in the morning, and the last thing we do at night. Our spirituality needs to be passed to our children and advertised to our neighbors.  As we look ahead to 2019 and new year’s resolutions, wouldn’t Deuteronomy 6 be the best one to keep?

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