Today’s Thought: The Holy Spirit

Hebrew Word of the Day
Theme: Prophecy
Ruach Hakodesh — The Holy Spirit

And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? — Deuteronomy 10:12–13

The Torah portion for this week is Eikev, which means “therefore” or “heel,” from Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25, and the Haftorah is from Isaiah 49:14–51:3.

At one point or another most of us have asked the questions: “Why am I here? Why did God create me? What does God want from me?” In Deuteronomy 10:12, we get an answer. Here is what the great prophet Moses says: “ .. . what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD  your God . .. The Jewish sages see the rest of the verse, which list things like loving God and being obedient, as all stemming from the underlying principle of “fear of God.” Fear God, and all else will follow.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? However, it’s not easy to reach the level of walking around with fear of God all the time.

The sages explain at for Moses, fear of God came naturally. He was deeply aware of God and communicated with Him in a way unlike anyone else. The sages add that fear of God was also relatively easy for the generation to whom Moses was speaking. These were the people who lived in the desert and witnessed countless miracles, such as the falling of the daily manna from the heavens and the Clouds of Glory that surrounded them. They, too, had an acute awareness of God. But what about us? How are we to instill fear of God and an awareness of Him throughout the day in a world that pushes God more and more to the periphery?

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