The Proper Use of Merchandising
Now this is the commandment--the statutes and the ordinances--that
the LORD your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land
that you are about to cross into and occupy, 2 so that you and
your children and your children's children may fear the LORD your
God all the days of your life, and keep all his decrees and his
commandments that I am commanding you, so that your days may be
long. 3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe them diligently,
so that it may go well with you, and so that you may multiply
greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, as the LORD, the
God of your ancestors, has promised you. 4 Hear, O Israel: The
LORD is our God, the LORD alone. 5 You shall love the LORD your
God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all
your might. 6 Keep these words that I am commanding you today
in your heart. 7 Recite them to your children and talk about them
when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down
and when you rise. 8 Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them
as an emblem on your forehead, 9 and write them on the door posts
of your house and on your gates.
Teaching the Commandments
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This is a very important passage in Judaism, called the "Shema"
(verses 4-9), and is a key exposition on the 1st commandment (and/or
2nd commandment depending on how you number them). It is also
distinguished by verse 5, "You shall love the LORD your God
with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your
might" as a very important interpretation, centuries later
referred to by Jesus as greatest of all the commandments. The
idea of loving God so passionately as a positive motivator to
keep the law stands in welcome contrast to doing so out of fear,
obligation or even awe.
The cartoon has some fun with Moses as if he were merchandising
scripture on doorposts, jewelry and headbands, but unlike the
cartoon cool stuff sold at www.the-cartoonist.com web site, (What!
Another shameless plug!) it was used as a teaching tool. It became
a tradition and is still done to this day.
Note: the giving of the Ten Commandments is recorded in Deuteronomy
Chapter 5, just before this passage, and also in Exodus Chapter
20. A good homework exercise would be to compare the two versions
side-by-side. There may be a test.
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