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Palm Sunday is behind us and we move forward through what is known as Holy Week. We read devotionals, listen to sermons, hear songs, and remember familiar passages of Scripture which chronicle Jesus’ last week before going to the Cross.

It is all familiar to us and if we are not careful, we can gloss over these days. We can coast through, getting caught up in Easter egg hunts and pretty outfits.

We need to slow down, quiet ourselves and push aside the outside voices to see what God has for us in this moment.

I share that because it is what happened the other day as I began my Holy Week readings. One verse was all it took to prick my heart.

Jesus had entered Jerusalem. The people had lined the streets and “praised God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen” (Luke 19:37, NASB). They shouted their praises.

We are told Jesus could be found teaching daily in the temple. Try as they may, the chief priests and scribes could not quite find anything by which they could destroy Him.

But there was one thing they could find, one small detail Luke shares:

” … for all the people were hanging on to every word He said.(Luke 19:48, NASB)

No matter which Bible version I looked at, they all said the same thing – the people hung on to every word He said.

They were listening intently. It implies a level of admiration and respect, knowing what is spoken is truth and needed.

Moses, in calling the people to a wholehearted commitment to God said:

Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!“  (Deuteronomy 6:4, NASB)

To listen to His Word without putting it into effect in our lives, is not to listen at all. Listening incorporates obedience.

Moses continues …

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” (verse 5, NASB)

Love will take all of our being. It will be no easy task, some days requiring more effort and expression of praise than other days. But God wants every part of us to love Him.

And Moses goes on …

These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.” (verse 6, NASB)

Moses was instructing the people to give wholehearted commitment to the commands of God.

These words are so important Jesus repeated them and they have been recorded for us in three of the Gospels. God is quite serious in requiring us to listen to Him, to obey Him, to love Him, and to commit our lives to Him.

One God.
Who has one purpose ”“ salvation,
and desires His people to become one.
May we be like the people that day and hang on His every word.

Are you a picky eater? My hand is waving high here as I am. In her post “Provision and Picky Eaters” HERE, Nylse Esahc shares from the story of Elijah. “God’s provision is not always what we’re familiar with or what we think it should be, but it is what we need.” Despite our pickiness, He doesn’t leave us wanting. Be sure to read her encouraging post.


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