“The Lord is one …” Jewish scholars take this as a denial of the doctrine of the Trinity, but the word for “one” here is [ECHAD], which means a compound unity, being used here and in such statements as “the people are one.”
The word for an absolute unity is [ACHID].
The use of plural words for God in Genesis strongly suggests plurality in the Godhead.
“This is the great and first commandment …” (Matthew 22:38).
Why is His commandment greatest and first?
This is true because all other commandments derive from it.
Why is it a sin to murder?
Joseph identified adultery as primarily a “sin against God” (Genesis 39:9); and so on, for all the others.
And we might add that, apart from faith in God, Hitler was exactly right! Yes, everything depends upon this “great and first commandment.”
Once a person denies or forsakes this first and greatest of all obligations, the denial and repudiation of all or any other duties becomes infinitely easier.
It is exactly here that the failure of our generation is most evident.
Man’s vain and inglorious efforts to disassociate human obligation from all external authority is the basic error.
The eternal word reveals the truth about that, and here it is: “It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23).
Thus, it is this commandment that polarizes the soul with reference to the Creator, establishing irrevocably the direction and the issue of every life.
Here is where it all begins!
Without this, there can be no real authority for any commandment.
A Jewish writer called this commandment, the greatest discovery ever made, but, of course, this was not a discovery; it was revelation from God.
Do people today need this injunction?
Indeed they do.
Look what Science has done for us, but unless the supreme authority of God, through our honoring of it, enables us to control all those things that science has given us, we shall only destroy ourselves.
This impressive list of humanity’s current “gods” is as valid today as ever.
Humanism is the current popular “god”, the same being nothing other than the deification of man himself.
The temple of the future, not the temple of all the gods, but the temple of all the people, wherein will be celebrated the religion of Humanity!
Educational leaders and even theologians have emerged as the “high priests” of this Satanic religion.
The major theme of it was stated thus: The sovereign for us is just ourselves when we cooperatively insist on providing what we ourselves want.
But what a miserable god is Humanism!
Humanity must be blind to its follies and sins, insensible to its weakness and miseries, and given over to the madness of a boundless insanity, before it can raise an altar and burn incense to itself.
Therefore, if mankind would improve world conditions, if they would reduce crime, conquer selfishness, procure any measure of peace and happiness to the world, or destroy the fatal cancer of lust and hatred gnawing at the vitals of society, then let them acknowledge our dependence upon God.
No other prescription will do it. All other possible objects of ultimate loyalty are fictitious.
Let man return to the worship of God!
There can be nothing except overflowing sorrow in any other course.