“For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off,” by Louis A. Dole

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“For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
“It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
“Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
“But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.” – Deuteronomy 30:11-14

Readings

Deuteronomy 30:1-14 · Luke 3:1-18 · Psalm 91

Sermon

The Lord gave His Word through the prophets, came into the world, and lived out the Word that men might know the things that are necessary to a heavenly life, and to teach us that the essentials of a good life are neither hard to know and understand nor hard to live. All creation testifies of the Lord and of His purposes for us. Paul writes, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”

It is true that life is infinitely complex, that there are depths of meaning in the Word which neither men nor angels can fathom, that we can always find more to learn. But there are fundamental general truths that everyone can learn, understand, and apply. Life should not be a burden; the requirements of a good life are within the reach of all.

The commandments are such simple laws of life. They are not hard to understand nor impossible to keep, but are such as men and women in this world may easily learn and do, if they will.

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“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Matthew 22:39

Readings

Deuteronomy 6:1-15 · Matthew 22:15-22, 34-44 · Psalms 123, 124, 125

Sermon

This text is part of the Lord’s answer to the question, “Which is the great commandment of the law?” It is recorded that the question was asked not for information but to tempt the Lord. Today people are prone to tempt the truth by trying to extort from the Word an answer to their questions that will enable them to evade the force of its injunctions.

The answer which the Lord gave settled once and for all the question as to the fundamental principles of religion. Love to God and to man are the sum of all revelation and the essence of all religion. They are the vital principles on which all else depends, and from which they draw their life. “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Love to God is to be manifested in love to man. To love God is to love the attributes which constitute His nature. We love God when we love His goodness; and to speak truth from Him is to love His truth. To have respect to God in all that we love, think, and do is to love the Lord with all the heart, and with all the mind, and with all the strength.

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