God’s greatest commandment was given through the prophet Moses and confirmed by Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, as it is written, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, The LORD is one: And you shall love The LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength”. Deut 6:4-5 But if one is to understand the complete context of the greatest commandment, one must continue for several more verses where God further explains how we are to love Him with our heart and soul, as Moses continues, “And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them upon the posts of your house, and on your gates”Deut 6:6-9. In summary, meditate on the meaning of God’s Word all the time, [the thoughts and intentions of the heart] and apply it to every situation, [the actions of the soul]. But in this lies a small mystery.
This commandment is presented to us in a very different manner than the other commandments. Other commandments are presented in a conditional if-then format, as it is written, “Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And you shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak unto the children of Israel”. Ex 19:6 Notice the conditional format of this commandment, if you will obey then you shall be. But the format of the greatest commandment different. It is more of a prophecy, a statement of fact. You shall love God and elsewhere these words shall be in your heart. There is no if or then implied. God is stating categorically that this shall be done. And as see shall see later, If we do not place the Word of God in our hearts through obedience, God will step in and do it for is.
It is with this understanding that we visit what is known as the new covenant, as it is written, “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, says the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jer 31:33
The word law is translated from the Hebrew word “torah.” 08451 Generally, the first five books of the bible, but more specifically, the covenant given to the children of Israel at Mt. Sinai, also known as the old covenant. In the New Covenant, notice that God is not replacing the law of Moses or abolishing it in any way. Instead, He promises to write the law of Moses in our hearts. This agrees with God’s greatest commandment as it is written, “And these words [law], which I command you this day, shall be in your heart.” God is telling us that even though His people rejected this very law or covenant by calling it old, for His Name’s sake, Ez 20:44 He is going to take our death penalty for disobeying a blood covenant and obey the greatest commandment for us, writing the law in our heart Himself.
Gods’ writing the law in our heart is one of two promises contained in the new covenant. The second promise is that God will put His Law in our inward parts, as it is written, “I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts.” Jer 31:33 Here we have another mystery. By definition, our heart is our inward parts. Is God repeating Himself or is their another understanding needed in the fulfillment of the greatest commandment?
The translation of the word inward parts comes from the Hebrew word “qereb.” 07130 It is true, that in some cases, the Hebrew word “qureb” is used to describe specific parts of a body, Gen 25:22, Ex 29:17 but more often, it is translated as the word “midst” or “middle of “ or “within” a group of people Mic 5:7 or congregation, as it is written, “And he said, If now I have found grace in your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray you, go among [qereb] us; for it is a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance”. Ex 34:9
Those who have a relationship with Yeshua of Nazareth, the Messiah and Holy One of Israel will understand that God will not put His Law in our heart and in our inward parts of our body, but God will put His law in our hearts and give His Son, the Living Law or the Living Word of God to be among us or with us when Yeshua returns with His kingdom, thus fulfilling the prophecy, “and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with (among) us.” Isa 7:14, Mt 1:23
Does the new covenant replace the old covenant? Heaven Forbid! Is Mosaic Law abolished or done away with in the new covenant? No! So what is the difference between the two covenants? In the old covenant, we were supposed to place Mosaic Law in our hearts by teaching others, meditation, and obedience. In the New Covenant, Mosaic Law is written in our hearts by God Himself, bypassing the previous requirement for us to do this due to our disobedience. In addition, the Living Law, the Law made Flesh, the Messiah and Holy One of Israel will be living among us to rule and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Rev 17:14 The good news is that God covered our previous disobedience to place the law in our hearts through the cross. The not so good news is when God places His law in our hearts, our understanding of the law is filled to the full (the law fulfilled) and any disobedience is now without excuse. In this light, the law is not replaced by a new covenant, it is filled to the full (fulfilled) in the new covenant, as it is written, “Think not that I have came to destroy the law, or the prophets: I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Mt 5:17
Ultimately, we all manifest the God we serve. The only way evil can win is if good people stand by and do nothing. May The God of Israel Bless The United States of America. – Michael Okulski.org Praise Yah!