ACH Study Groups
Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
7659 Gingerblossom Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
March 13, 2020
This is a letter to our friends –
For several years now, Fran and I begin our day with a cup of coffee and the Bible. We use one of the “Through the Bible in a year” editions. It is divided into 365 daily readings.
This morning we are in Deuteronomy 6. Some sections seem especially timely.
” Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And you shalt love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: And you shalt teach them diligently unto your children, and shalt 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 shalt write them upon the posts of your house, and on your gates.” [Deuteronomy 6:4-10]
Think about a little Jewish kid growing up in those days. He comes home from school and sees, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” written on the gate, the door posts and (I suspect) at eye level on the drapes! He sits down for dinner and, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” dominates the table talk. After dinner his dad takes him for a walk. Guess what they talk about! They get back and dad takes a nap. Yep! Same thing.
I think a little more of that would be good for our society today.
The Ten Commandments are written on the walls in several places of the Supreme Court. We used to memorize them. The first four are “vertical”, about how to love God: No god before God; No graven images; Do not take the Lord’s name in vain; Keep the sabbath holy.
The last six are about how to love others: Honor mom and dad that your days may be long; Thou shalt not kill; Thou shalt not steal; Thou shalt not commit adultery; Thou shalt not bear false witness; Thou shalt not covet.
The finger of God engraved them on stone tablets. They seem like common sense to me. Let’s start putting them on more walls again.
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