Dt. 6 speaks to the oneness/uniqueness of Yehovah and the love the nation must have for Yehovah. This is the basis of the Hebrew Faith. This mitzvah is not only central to the Hebrew Faith but also the Faith once delivered. All indications are that it is this creed. that the Believer’s salvation and inclusion in to the Kingdom of Yehovah rests.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one (echad) LORD: (Deu 6:4 KJV) And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (Deu 6:5 KJV)
Deu 4:35 Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.
That love must be exhibited
Internally (i.e., the heart)
Externally (i.e., actions—one’s being)
With all we have available to us (i.e., our resources such as our talents)
Many have sought to explain this oneness or echad from the perspective of a trinity or a binary godhead. Certainly the way the English is written, especially here in the King James, could present some confusion and doubt into a monotheistic understanding of God and at the same time strongly suggest to those who would espouse a Jesus only religion (i.e., Jesus was the God of the Old Testament)that we have a substance-based (Greek=homoousia)understanding of God.
Yet our Faith—the Faith once delivered to the first-century Saints was largely based upon the Hebrew Faith that was delivered to the Children of Promise at Sinai. Thus Yehovah revealed Himself to the Children of Promise and gave them His Law (Exodus 19-26). And it has been from that time forward (baring the nation’s intermittent foray into idolatry)till today that she has held firmly and steadfastly to the understanding that Yehovah is not trinity nor a binary godhead as certain Christian sects contend—but is alone and has existed from the beginning and there is no other being that can ever be considered Yehovah or God.
All indications were that even during the time of Yeshua and the Apostles’ oversight of the first century Church, this understanding of Yehovah being the one and only one Creator and sustainer of the universe was held by Jew and converted Gentile alike. It was not until Greek and Babylonian mythology was infused into this understanding of the person of Jesus—through a misunderstanding/misinterpretation of John’s prolific description of Yeshua and a exhaltation of Jesus to god-status by men—that we find the homoousia doctrine replacing the Shema description or explanation of Yehovah in the Christian world
The Jewish Faith rejects Yeshua as Messiah in part because of Christianity’s exaltation of Yeshua to Creator, sustainer and God of this world who has existed from the beginning. Many in the Christian realm insist that this is the case because John the Apostle’s prolific writing is highly suggestive of Yeshua existing from the beginning and creating and sustaining the world. The irony in all this is that Yehovah’s revelation that He was the only one (echad) was clearly delivered to debunk and oppose the rest of the world’s belief (i.e., the nations other than Israel)in a multitude of gods. Yet Christianity has taken Yehovah’s purpose here and turned it upon its own head by using this passage to support a triune or binary godhead. No one can make this crazy stuff up. No wonder the Semitic peoples of the world remains blind to the Truth of the gospel and rejects the person of Yeshua as Messiah.
Throughout the gospel record, Yeshua speaks to the oneness of His Father; He prays to the Father; He commands that His followers worship the Father; He insists that He doesn’t know when the end will come but only His Father knows; He prays to His Father to find another way for salvation and spare Him the humiliation and agony of crucifixion. And there’s more. Yet Churchianity holds to a schizophrenic Savior who is really the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, yet doesn’t know that He is, yet suggests that He could be that same Creator, yet puts on that He is not capable of doing anything outside the will of His Father
Yeshua-Yehovah’s handpicked “man-of-the-hour” and “right-hand-man” (literally), certified the centrality of Yehovah as attested in Dt. 6:4,5:
Mat. 22:33-40-–33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.(Mat 22:33-40 KJV)
Mk. 12:18-34—18 Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying,19 Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man’s brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.20 Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed. 21 And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise. 22 And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also. 23 In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife. 24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? 25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven. 26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? 27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err. 28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. 32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: 33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question. (Mar 12:18-34 KJV) —hints that an understanding and obedience to this mitzvah is essential to one realizing or one entering the Kingdom of Yehovah (i.e., vs 34a)
Lk. 10:25-28—25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.(Luk 10:25-28 KJV)–certifies that salvation is achieved when one adheres to Dt. 6:4,5
How did we get ourselves in to such messes?
By our abandonment of Torah and the Hebraic Roots of the Faith
By remaining Biblically illiterate and permitting churchianity to indoctrinate us
This creed would be the central-identifying character of the nation
We as grafted-in Israelites can not separate ourselves from this creed. Doing so only negates our association and permanent connection to the physical and spiritual nation and our connection to the Creator