What was the original contextual meaning of this passage (both positive and negative) for the Israelites? Jesus stated it positively by quoting Deuteronomy as the first and greatest commandment.
Negatively, the Israelites were not to engage in the worship of any other pretended “gods” which would stand between their face and the face of God.
God drew Israel out into the desert from Egypt as a lover, in order to love her and be loved by her. Listen to Hosea 11
God has saved you to love Him above all things--what do you actually love in this life, what are you really after?
In Prayer Today:
Place God first in your affection and adoration