The Shema with Brian Kelly

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Brian Kelly has been studying the Bible for over three decades and leads a home fellowship in Syracuse, NY. On this show he talks about the importance of the core creed of the Bible: the Shema. The word “Shema” means “Hear” or “Listen up” and it is the shorthand way of referring to Deuteronomy 6.4-5.

 Deuteronomy 6.4-5 
4 “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! 5 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

When a Jewish scribe asked Jesus what the foremost commandment was, Jesus immediately quoted this text. This tells us that the God Jesus worshiped is the same as the God of Moses and the Old Testament.

In this show, Brian leads us to consider the two parts to the Shema. (1) To recognize that Yahweh alone is our single God (2) to love this God with everything (holding nothing back). Download this file to learn more about biblical monotheism and how to avoid the pitfalls of ancient Israel’s idolatry.

10 Responses to The Shema with Brian Kelly

  1. As opposed to the Law of Moses, this is something Jesus never edits, revises nor abolishes in his sayings/teachings. If anything, this is the personal creed he lived and died by: Mar 12.28-34; Lu 10.25-28; Matt 22:35-41; Jn 5.44 [17.3].

    • Frank Selch says:

      Hi Carlos,
      Your comment astonishes me. Where or when did Jesus edit, revise or abolish the Torah of Moses, which you mistakenly call Law)? You applaud the Shema, which [1] is misquoted – missing is an all-important connective ‘and’; [2] continues to v.9 and incorporates all of Torah, but you reject the validity of the Torah.

      Kind regards


      • Xavier says:

        Frank, I think the simple disagreement in this Torah debate you are [once again] trying to raise are dependant on 2 very simple words: “fullfil” [Mat 5.17; cp. Eph 2.14-17]; “end” [Rom 10.4; cp. Gal 3.24]. Furthermore, Jesus Christ did not do away with “ALL of the Law [Torah]”, since he himself quotes “part” of it as his creed [Deut 6.4]. I know you are a fervent Israel supporter but as the Christian you claim to be, surely you know that an unrepented Jewish nation/people is outside of the “Israel of God” [Gal 6.16]:

        “It is clear that Matthew’s Gospel no longer distinguishes humans along ethnic lines, as in Jew versus Gentile (see esp. Levine), but it is also clear that the Evangelist and probably his early Christian community were struggling with the place of Israel in salvation history. Matthew’s approach is to demonstrate that the true people of God are those who believe and obey Jesus (12:46–50), those who are righteous according to Jesus’ new standards (7:21–23). In asserting this the First Gospel reveals that the privileged position of Israel as a nation (as seen in the time of anticipatory revelation) has been forfeited (21:43). This is not to say that all Jews are condemned (that would be a racial comment, bordering on anti-Semitism; see McKnight forthcoming), but that non-messianic Judaism is condemned. Further, it is to say that the former privileged position of the nation of Israel has been annulled and that all nations are now just as privileged as Israel formerly was (22:1–14).”
        Green, J. B., McKnight, S., & Marshall, I. H. (1992). Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (537). Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.

      • Xavier says:

        ESV study notes on Mat 5.17:

        The “Law” or “Torah” refers to the first five books of the OT, while the “Prophets” includes the rest of the OT, all of which was held to have been written by prophets (cf. Matt. 13:35, which cites Ps. 78:2; on “Law [and the] Prophets,” cf. Matt. 7:12; 11:13; 22:40; Rom. 3:21). but to fulfill them. Jesus “fulfills” all of the OT in that it all points to him, not only in its specific predictions of a Messiah but also in its sacrificial system, which looked forward to his great sacrifice of himself, in many events in the history of Israel which foreshadowed his life as God’s true Son, in the laws which only he perfectly obeyed, and in the Wisdom Literature, which sets forth a behavioral pattern that his life exemplified (cf. Matt. 2:15; 11:13; 12:3–6, 39–41, 42; also Luke 24:27). Jesus’ gospel of the kingdom does not replace the OT but rather fulfills it as Jesus’ life and ministry, coupled with his interpretation, complete and clarify God’s intent and meaning in the entire OT…The OT remains an authoritative compendium of divine testimony and teaching, within which some elements (such as sacrifices and other ceremonial laws) predicted or foreshadowed events that would be accomplished in Jesus’ ministry (cp. Gal. 4:10; 5:1) and so are not now models for Christian behavior.

      • Xavier says:

        ESV study notes on:

        Rom. 10:4: End probably includes the idea of both goal and termination. The Mosaic law has reached its goal in Christ (it looked forward to and anticipated him), and the law is no longer binding upon Christians (the old covenant has ended). Since Christ is the goal and end of the law, righteousness belongs to all who trust in Christ.

        Rom. 10:5: Paul quotes Lev. 18:5 regarding the righteousness that is based on the law, to show that those who keep the law will attain life. But as Paul has already shown, life will not come in this way since all violate the law (Rom. 1:18–3:20).

  2. Another excellent program Sean. Keep up the good work Brian Kelly. I’m so glad that you and others have been so diligent in calling our attention to the true Christian “creed” of the Bible. Our God, Jehovah, is “one,” and fully worthy of our love and praise.

    Hi Carlos.

    Best wishes to all,


  3. Xavier says:

    Hey bro still unsure if your receiving my emails or not. let me know.

    Take care of that familia.

  4. Hi Carlos. Yes, I receive your emails. Thank you for sending them.


  5. Xavier says:

    Yo creia que lo habia traducido en espanol…

    seria posible?

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