The religious leaders were trying to discredit Jesus—they were asking all the trick questions about taxes, the resurrection and marriage—Jesus faced each question knowing the truth and sharing it without malice. Then they asked the big one—Which is the most important Law. These after all were the lawyers of the day. They had all the answers. Jesus answered with what as the heart of the matter…Love God and Love others. If Men would follow these laws, there would be no need to enact the other 648 provisions that surrounded the 10 commandments. This ended the attempts to trip him up on legal points.
That answer is haunting, however, still even this day. Because we find that all our temptation and all our sin still stems for placing ourselves or some other created thing ahead of God. As I analyse my weakness and failures they all center around times I placed something ahead of God. We today are called as then to seek forst his Kingdom and righteousness and then he is free to add all other things. Help me, Lord to follow the greatest commandments.
Merry Christmas and God Bless You
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[e] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[f] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[g] There is no commandment greater than these.”
32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions