Monday, March 20, 2006

Eleh haDevarim ... These are the words ...

Today, I have a bit of a riddle for you.

For those who study Scritpure with some diligence, you'll find it a breeze.

For those who can't come up with an answer by the second clue: Get cracking! God went to a lot of trouble to get His revelation and commandments and poetry and histories into your life.

And so it begins:

The Question:
What book of the Old Testament did Jesus quote more frequently than any of the others?

First clue: The subject heading of this post includes the first few words. (Devarim is the Hebrew name for it.)

Second clue: It contains the shema.

If you don't know the significance of the word shema--there are variant spellings in English--you really need to follow-up on this. I recommend you read Mark 12:29 and get a copy of THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MOSES by Athol Dickson.

Here's a third clue: Its name in the (Greek) Septuagint means "second law."
(That should make it super-duper easy to guess.)

Here's a final clue: When Jesus answers the devil during the time of his temptation, he answers each of Satan's suggestions with a quote from this book.

Seems to me that last fact alone makes this a very important book for us to study. If this is the book that the Son of God relies on to counter the devil's temptations, then it's useful to all of us at all times.

If you haven't figured it out yet, then go here and start reading.


Bonnie Calhoun said...

You didn't leave an unanswered question by the end of the post...LOL! But I did know the Hebrew.

If you have any free time, you might like to come over to our bible study blog Seek and Ye Shall Find" and wander around.

We're going to be studying Hebrews when the other family on the blog finishes their home move.

In the meantime I've been doing general bible teaching and I do a Lesson from the Land of the Bible on Saturdays.

Mirtika said...

I LOVE HEBREWS! It's one of my fave N.T. books. I am a-coming, Bonnie-girl. :)