Sunday Devotional: The Greatest Commandment of All

Matthew 22:34-38

But when the Pharisees heard
that He had silenced the Sadducees,
they gathered together.
Then one of them, a lawyer,
asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying,
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

Jesus said to him,
“‘You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
and with all your mind.’
This is the first and great commandment.”

Truth is, and should be, simple.

Our Lord has a marvellous way of cutting through the dross to the heart of an issue — and He does exactly that in Matthew 22 in identifying the Greatest Commandment of All.

Think about it….

For it we truly love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind, then we also are faithful to the Ten Commandments.

The ten follow the one, logically and naturally, because loving God with our whole heart, mind and soul, we would not want to offend or disappoint Him by:

  1. Worshipping other so-called gods, or ourselves as gods — which was the first sin of Lucifer and of our first parents in that first garden.
  2. Taking His name in vain — using His holy name as a profanity or as an emotional outburst.
  3. Not keeping holy His day.
  4. Not honoring our earthly parents who chose not to abort us and to whom we owe our very lives.
  5. Killing another in body or spirit.
  6. Disrespecting our marital vows and the institution of marriage by committing adultery.
  7. Stealing or wasting another’s possession, resource or time.
  8. Bearing false witness against or telling lies about another.
  9. Coveting — lusting or longing for — another’s spouse, which is a form of adultery.
  10. Coveting another’s goods — feeling envious, resentful, or entitled to what others have.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ, our Lord, be with you!


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1 month ago

False teachers use these scriptures to say that the Ten Commandments are no longer required to be kept – that the only commandments are to love God and fellow man. Jesus clearly stated that “all the law” HANGS from these two commandments, meaning they are a source of all of His law. If you keep the Ten Commandments, you are keeping the Two Great Commandments.

1 month ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

I am not implying that you said that. I agree with your comments. There are, however, many false teachers who say that the law is dead.

My point was that the inverse to your statement is also true.

1 month ago

Apologies in advance if this is a stupid question, but would the 10th commandment also apply to not being envious or resentful of the *experiences* others have had, especially when they have nothing to do with money? Or is it strictly defined to goods?

1 month ago

If we love God with all our heart, and mind, and being, we certainly would not want to place other gods before Him (ANYTHING we put before Him, becomes our god). We would not worship idols (this would break the first commandment also). Nor would we vainly use His name. Israel did this by placing His name on their idols and pagan customs they observed, just as modern professing “Christians” place the name of Christ on their idols and pagan customs (man’s holidays). Those who love God should observe His Sabbath, for it is the day HE set aside to… Read more »