Devotional Readings, Mind, Soul and Strength

Heart, Mind , Soul and Strength

For 2016, I will make an attempt to change the blog posts that I make. I’ll be ending the longer devotional posts and start to focus on one or more posts each day that represent just an meaningful verse or two. When possible I will try to classify the verse under one of these four categories taken from the great first commandment. Looking at how the verse speaks to this command.

Mar 12:30 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. 
We see this originally here.

Deu 6:4  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

Deu 6:5  And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Deu 6:6  And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:


John Gill quotes “Aben Ezra by “the heart” understands knowledge, and by the “soul” the spirit of man that is in his body, and by might perfect love in the heart.”


Jesus reconfirmed this in the Mark verse above as well as these captured by the other gospel writers.


Mat 22:37  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.

Mar 12:30  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.

Luk 10:27  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.

Let me offer one caution, although I will be focusing on single verses, let’s not interpret these out of context. One can understand this risk better by reading Greg Koukle
Or the longer complete version here.
Greg said much the same this year…
Almost two thousand years ago the apostle Peter told us.
2Pe 1:20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

The context though for me in selecting these verses is that I am still pursing my ten lists or ten chapter daily reading. So hopefully I can have some success in keep the meaning true to the Bible’s specific and over context.

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