March 9th: The Shema : Listen, part 2 -- Dr. Tim Mackie (bibleproject.com)

This week, we’re looking at an important biblical prayer shared by Jews and Christians throughout history called The Shema.  The Hebrew word “shema,”means to listen but it’s more than that. Shema is an urgent call to not only hear Yahweh with our ears but to also respond to him with our whole lives.

One of the most famous passages in the book of James is about being not just a hearer of the word but a doer. The author compares these “hearers” to those who see themselves in the mirror and then immediately forget what they look like. The point is that hearing and doing cannot be separated. We don’t truly see the mirror if we forget the image in it, and we don’t truly listen if the message doesn’t change us.


Read and Discuss


Read James 1:19-27

We were made to reflect the image of God, but we forget who we were made to be when we do not let God's character shape our thought patterns, attitudes, affections, and actions. We are not truly listening to God's life-changing words if our lives are not changed.


Question 1: What stood out to you as you read this passage?


Question 2: According to this passage, what does a pure reflection of God’s character look like? What gets in the way of that pure reflection?


Question 3: Where in your life have you heard what God said but forgot to put it into action? Ask him for help and commit to practice what you learn this week.