The best of both divine and human love is described in the Hebrew Scriptures as “hesed” steadfast or enduring love. Hesed love attaches itself and does not let go. Current brain science uses terms borrowed from gluing two things together (such as bonding and attachment) to describe the strongest, most enduring love the brain can feel – attachment love. God’s attachment love to us is kind, enduring, gracious, and delights over us. God expects us to return the same attachment love. God expects us to love others with attachment love as well. We must glue ourselves to God and love as God loves.
Gluing ourselves to God first appears in Deuteronomy 4:4 where Moses tells the people those glued to God were saved! The Hebrew of the Old Testament uses the word dabaq, which means cling, adhere to, attach, follow closely, join, stick, or stay with. We will study ten Old Testament thoughts on gluing ourselves to God. The Greek New Testament uses the word kollao (from kolla the word for glue) for our relationship to God. This Greek word is how the Septuagint translates dabaq in Deuteronomy 10:20. Both Old and New Testaments agree we are to glue ourselves to God for very important reasons.
Let us begin our study of gluing ourselves to God where dabaq is translated to kollao in the ancient texts. Deuteronomy 10:20 is in a passage on how we should treat unprotected people because we are glued to God.