Deuteronomy, a Book with Heart

What are your favorite books of the Bible? I love Luke’s Gospel, Paul’s Letter to the Colossians, and Deuteronomy. Surprised by that last one? A book that explains the Law of Mount Sinai and recaps the themes and events of the Pentateuch is not a page-turner. However, in this month of Valentines, one can find sentences with a lot of heart. Here are a few:

You shall indeed find the Lord when you search after him with your whole heart. (4:29)

Fix in your heart that the Lord is God, and that there is no other. (4:39)

You shall love the Lord with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today. (6:5-6)

It was not because you are the largest of all nations that the Lord set his heart on you and chose you, for you are really the smallest of all nations. It was because the Lord loved you.” (7:7-8)

What does the Lord ask of you and me today? “To love and serve the Lord, your God, with a your heart and all your soul.”

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