What is The
Bible Study Lesson: Matthew
tells about the greatest commandments of the
Bible in today's reading.
Looking at this
passage from Matthew,
I'm reminded of a quote from one of our most
beloved presidents. It goes like this ..
"I have wondered at
times what the Ten Commandments would have
looked like if Moses had run them through the US
Congress." - Ronald Reagan
If you change "US Congress"
to "Sadducees and Pharisees" you have a good
understanding of today's lesson.
Wants the Truth?
But when the
Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the
Sadducees, they gathered themselves together.
One of them, a lawyer,
asked Him a question, testing Him,
Teacher, which is the great commandment in
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.
This is the great and
The second is like it,
You shall love your neighbor as
On these two commandments
depend the whole Law and the Prophets. -
Greatest Commandment Question Mean Victory for the
As the Sadducees were
constantly trying to use the law to entrap the
Pharisees, when Jesus finally answered the question
of the greatest commandment, there was a
bittersweet victory over the Sadducees.
I say bittersweet because,
although these words
from Christ helped
the Pharisees, there was no way they could simply
accept them because they despised Jesus more than
the Sadducees and were much too proud to be
impressed by him.
Laws Do We Really Need?
When Jesus was asked the
question of which was the most important of the
commandments (the Pharisees had 600 + laws they had
classified), Jesus quoted Scripture from
***Leviticus and Deuteronomy.
This is why I placed the
quote from Ronald Reagan in the introduction
If we love God and love our
neighbor as ourselves, we are more likely to follow
the golden rule when dealing with others. It's more
difficult to do wrong to a person we love so all
the other laws fall into place.
Approach to an Entrapment Question
Jesus took the positive
rather than the negative when he answered the
question which means we can work toward doing right
instead of concentrating on the things we shouldn't
do - or trying to get away with them.
Follow the Two Greatest Commandments?
No, we can't. Even though
it's impossible for humans to completely love all
people, let's try to love God with more passion and
make an effort to love others who may not return
The world will be a better
place if we'll but try.
- Love in
The quotes Jesus gave were from two other verses
of the Bible:
- Deuteronomy 6:5 - "You
shall love the LORD your God (with all your
heart and with all your soul and with all your
Leviticus 19:18 - "You shall
not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the
sons of your people, but you shall love your
neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD. "
If you would like to learn
more about the love and life-changing experience of
Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
Verses about the most important and
greatest commandment of God are from New
American Standard Bible & New King James
Version - Lessons from Life Application Study
Bible: NIV - Passage above credited to Lockman