Do you have love?

14 January 2020
Series: Devotional

Speaker: Apostle Ernie

Regardless of your denominational background, all Christians can agree on one thing; the greatest commandment is “love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your strength, and all your soul and your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt 22:37).

When Jesus (His Hebrew name being Yehoshua) spoke those words in Matt 22:37, He did not have a New Testament. All those who listened to what He said did not have a New Testament; it would be another 300 years until a New Testament existed. So what is happening in Matt 22:37 is this, Yehoshua is quoting Deuteronomy 6:4,6:5,10:12.

If we walk into any Christian denomination in 2020, we will see them practicing this commandment to love God with all their heart, strength, and soul. They will songs about Jesus, worship Jesus, and tell you how much they love Him. How can Jesus be referring to Himself telling us to love Him when He was quoting Deuteronomy, where it says we are to love His Father Yehovah?

The answer is He is not referring to Himself; He is referring to His Father Yehovah.

Do you love Yehovah?

In Exodus 34:14, Yehovah tells us to worship only Him, for He is a jealous God.

The Hebrew word used for jealous denotes love in action, so what Exodus 34:14 tells us is this: If we worship only Yehovah, He sees it as a sign of love and affection. If we worship other gods or we mix our worship, so we worship Yehovah + other gods, He sees it as hate.

When we understand the Old Testament and scripture like Deut 6:4, 6:5, 10:12, and Ex 30:14, we suddenly see what Yehoshua was talking about in Matt 22:37. He could not have been referring to Himself, and He could not have told anyone to worship and love Him because that would go against the commandment in the Old Testament. Now we know for sure He was referring to loving and worshiping Yehovah His Father as the greatest commandment.

So what do you think is Yehovahs reaction when He hears mainstream Christians worship Jesus?