Wednesday, March 16, 2022
The Most Important Command
34-36 When the Pharisees heard how he had bested the Sadducees, they gathered their forces for an assault. One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: “Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?”
37-40 Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”
-Matthew 22:34-40 The Message
Verse 34: But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.
Verse 34 study: There are reasons to believe that we may think that the Pharisees would have been glad to see the Sadducees silenced. The question used to trap Jesus was answered by Jesus, but the Pharisees were too proud to be impressed. The answer Jesus gave them was theological and victorious over the Sadducees. But what they wanted was a defeat of Jesus than learning the truth.
Verse 35: And one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him: Verse 36: “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
Verse 37: And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
Verse 38: This is the great and foremost commandment.
Verse 39: The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Verse 40: Upon these two commandments hang the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Verses 35-40 studies: The Pharisees classified over 600 laws, in which they tried to make some laws more important than other laws. A lawyer asked Jesus to show them the most important law. Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:8.
Deuteronomy 6:5: And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Leviticus 19:18: You shall not take vengeance, nor hold any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.
By following these two commands, a person keeps the others. They summarize the Ten Commandments and the other Old Testament moral laws.
Verses 37-40 studies: The one way you can prove you love God and our neighbor, you would honor the commandments. This way you are looking at God’s law positively. Concentrate on things we can do to show our love for God and others.