Question after question, the religious leaders were continuing to try to trick Jesus. The question of the day…What is the greatest commandment? Finally, a question someone actually cared about. The religious leaders thought the had Jesus–how could anyone pick one of God’s commands over another. Jesus, the son of the Author and God incarnate, had no problem in answering that question. For in the question, lay the entire point of His ministry.
Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength! And, the second, Love your neighbor as you love yourself!” Jesus knew that life was about what was going on in men’s hearts, not a list of tasks. If men would simply love God and make Him their focus, they would have no trouble keeping the remainder of the laws. Further, if men treated each other as if it were themselves–there would be no theft, violence, covetousness or cheating. Once again, the behaviors centered on an attitude of the heart.
We are held to the same standard. We need to first check the attitude of our hearts. If we are loving God and loving others–odds are that we are living the life God has called us to live. Conversely, if we are only loving ourselves and trying to meet our personal needs at the expense of all others; then no matter how many rules we follow–we are truly lost. Jesus said it best, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and, all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
God Bless You
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Whose Son Is the Messiah?
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?”
“The son of David,” they replied.
43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says,
44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
under your feet.”’
45 If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.