“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!” Deuteronomy 6:4 (NKJV)
People often say to me, “I don’t like the Old Testament. During that period, God was a harsh God of judgment and punishment; a God of discipline and not of compassion. I like to read about Jesus in the New Testament more.”
I want to remind you that whatever Jesus is, the Father is also. Jesus Himself declared that He and the Father are one (see John 10:30). So, the Son didn’t change the Father’s mind about love, compassion, or healing. Christ was the very expression of the Father’s love clothed in human flesh.
Moses, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote these profound words, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4 NKJV).
Does that word “one” mean only one person? The Hebrew word achad or echad used here for one means “united,” “a collection of thoughts,” “to be like or together.”
“Unity” must involve more than one. For example, two people are united in one marriage. The United States of America isn’t a single state, but a collection of states working together as one. But I particularly like the definition: “collection of thoughts.” What an interesting and precise revelation of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They think alike! Consequently, Their purposes are united, Their words are united, and all Their actions agree.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for this revelation that You are One God, united with Jesus and the Holy Spirit as One loving and compassionate God, not just in the New Testament but from the very beginning.