The Sh’ma. Even if you don’t think you’ve heard of it, you have, but just don’t realize it. It is arguably one of the most important set of verses in our bibles! In the christian bibles there are five accounts of it, three being in the newer testament. Yeshua even says the greatest commandment is in those verses. What is the Sh’ma, or Shema? Deut 6:4-9. And by golly, wouldn’t you know it? We have a stand-alone Alef Tav in both older testament accounts! (Which means that when they were quoted in Yeshua’s day the Aleph Tav would have been included too, since they were speaking their native Hebrew language.) The whole Sh’ma reads thus:
Deu 6:4 – ¶“Hear, O Israel: YHVH Eloheinu, YHVH is one! 5 – “You shall love את YHVH Elohecha with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 – ¶“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 – “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 – “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 – “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
You can tell where our Aleph Tav is. Right between “love” and “YHVH”! You can make your own conclusion about the placement of it. My job is just to point out the pearl. Whether you pick it up is up to you. 😇
The second instance of the Shema with the Alef Tav is in Deuteronomy 11:1. This reference is more condensed, being only one verse, but it reads:
Our Aleph Tav (Yeshua) is in the same place. Right between “love” and “YHVH”again! Do you think the Father or Yeshua is trying to tell us something? 😉
This Matthew verse is the first instance we have of Yeshua quoting the Sh’ma. Isn’t it interesting that when asked which commandment is the most important, Yeshua doesn’t pick one of the big ten? Today, most people only think of the big ten when thinking about Yah’s commandments.
Yeshua makes it crystal clear that if we don’t get the greatest commandment down, loving את YHVH with all our heart, soul and strength, we may as well not even worry about the others. It is crucial that we get that one down!
Luke recounts it a little differently but we understand that he was just like a reporter. Luke has the lawyer quoting part of the Sh’ma (Deut 6:4-9), but that’s okay.
Rev 22:12 – “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 – “I am the Aleph and the Tav, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” 14 – Blessed are those who do His (the Father’s) commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.”Yeshua, one of the last things He said to John, 20+ years after Paul was dead.
Thank you for stopping by! May we meet one day in the Kingdom, if I make it. 😇
Shalom, b’shem Yeshua haMashiach
There is a video on Youtube that goes more in-depth into the Sh’ma, showing the 2 tittles in the verses. Be blessed! https://youtu.be/BytEgi3wDx8