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:
- 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.
- Taking His name in vain — using His holy name as a profanity or as an emotional outburst.
- Not keeping holy His day.
- Not honoring our earthly parents who chose not to abort us and to whom we owe our very lives.
- Killing another in body or spirit.
- Disrespecting our marital vows and the institution of marriage by committing adultery.
- Stealing or wasting another’s possession, resource or time.
- Bearing false witness against or telling lies about another.
- Coveting — lusting or longing for — another’s spouse, which is a form of adultery.
- Coveting another’s goods — feeling envious, resentful, or entitled to what others have.