Matthew 22:34–40 also Mark 12:28–34
The Greatest Commandment
34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Bible Knowledge Commentary – Matthew 22:34-40
22:34–40. When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had answered the Sadducees, they quickly sent a representative, a well-versed expert in the Law, to Jesus with a question … Which is the greatest commandment in the Law? This question was being debated among the religious leaders at the time and various commandments were being championed as the greatest. Jesus’ quick reply summarized the entire Decalogue. He replied that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord … God with all one’s heart … soul, and … mind (cf. Deut. 6:5). He added that the second commandment is to love one’s neighbor as oneself (cf. Lev. 19:18). The first summarizes the first table of the Law, and the second summarizes the second table. Jesus said, All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments, that is, all the Old Testament develops and amplifies these two points: love for God and love for others, who are made in God’s image.
Mark reported that the teacher of the Law said Jesus had correctly answered the question, and that love for God and one’s neighbor is more important than burnt offerings and sacrifices (Mark 12:32–33). The light was beginning to shine into his heart. He was not far, Jesus said, from the kingdom of God. Mark also added, “From then on no one dared ask Him any more questions” (Mark 12:34). The reason was obvious. Jesus was answering them as no one had ever done. In fact in this last incident, the questioner was close to leaving the Pharisees and accepting Jesus. Perhaps they felt they should stop before they would lose any more people to Jesus’ cause.
The Old Testament was built around the commandments ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ The second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?
Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time. And always remember to ask the Father for His help and guidance in all things.
Prayer: Father, blessed is your Holy name. We praise you for your Son and the Holy Spirit. Human words cannot describe how grateful we are for Your Son and our risen Christ. We praise You for the opportunity to be able to choose Jesus as our Lord and Savior and to be elect children of Yours. We praise you for the laws You have set down to teach us and keep our life in harmony, safe, how to treat others as well as how to live within you boundaries. Please bless those who have read this article for they too are seeking Your righteous truth, love, wisdom and understanding. I pray these brothers and sisters have or will come to realize treasure of grace and love that You have for all Your elect children.
May God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights for eternity. Let it be Your will Lord not mine. Please come Lord Jesus.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of The Holy Spirit,