34 But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had
silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves
35 One of them, a
lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him,
36 "Teacher, which
is the great commandment in the Law?"
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
38 "This is the
great and foremost commandment.
39 "The second is
like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS
40 "On these two
commandments depend the whole Law and the
is the Word of the Lord ... It is meant to change
the way that we think, and the way that we live.
by Bob Pardue
What Jesus Says
about the Ten Commandments
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
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.
When Jesus was asked the
questing of which was the most important of the
commandments (the Pharisees had 600 + laws they
had classified), Jesus quoted Scripture from
***Leviticus and Deuteronomy.
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
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
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 that love. The world will be a better
place if we'll but try.
*** The quotes
Jesus gave were from two other verses of the
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.
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