Sunday Devotional: WWG1WGA

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Mark 12:28B-34

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,
“Which is the first of all the commandments?”
Jesus replied, “The first is this:
Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength.

The second is this:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.”
The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher.
You are right in saying,
‘He is One and there is no other than he.’
And ‘to love him with all your heart,
with all your understanding,
with all your strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself’
is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding,
he said to him,
“You are not far from the kingdom of God.”
And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Throughout the three years of Christ Jesus’ public ministry on Earth, the Hebrew élites of scribes, rabbis and priests (especially Pharisees) continuously doubted, probed, and tested Him with questions that were meant to trick and entrap. The above passage from Mark 12 was such an instance, as is Matthew 22 which chronicles another test when the Pharisees asked Jesus “which is the great commandment in the law?”.

In both instances, Jesus answered that the first and greatest of all God’s commandments is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”

As Mark 12 recounts, afterwards no one among the Hebrew scribes dared ask Jesus any more questions because they knew He is incontestible, and that Moses himself had said the same thing in Deutoronomy 6:2-6:

Moses spoke to the people, saying:
“Fear the LORD, your God,
and keep, throughout the days of your lives,
all his statutes and commandments which I enjoin on you,
and thus have long life.
Hear then, Israel, and be careful to observe them,
that you may grow and prosper the more,
in keeping with the promise of the LORD, the God of your fathers,
to give you a land flowing with milk and honey.

“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone!
Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God,
with all your heart,
and with all your soul,
and with all your strength.
Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today.”

With unassailable reasoning and crystal clarity, our Lord clears away the thicket of Judaic laws and rules that had accumulated and encrusted through the centuries by getting to the heart of the matter.

Think about it: If we love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with every ounce of our strength, then we would obey and be true to His other laws and commandments for the simple reason that we love Him.

The Ten (Commandments) follow the One (Greatest Commandment), logically and naturally.

To borrow a current motto: WWG1WGA!

See also the opposite of the Greatest Commandment of all, “Sunday Devotional: Narcissism, the first and greatest sin“, and this post on why Jews don’t believe in Jesus the Christ.

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

~Éowyn

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12 responses to “Sunday Devotional: WWG1WGA

  1. And with Your spirit. Thank You Dr. E. Let’s join in silent prayer for our Country and our President that his promises are fulfilled and his agenda completed. Peace on earth to men of good will, Amén.

     
  2. Thank you, Dr. Eowyn, for another beautiful Sunday devotional.

    I would like to request prayer for healing, if it’s okay to do so here. I have been suffering with a case of shingles for almost two weeks. It’s on the left side of my face, and has affected my eye with constant pain. I haven’t really been able to read or write much of anything because of it. I have been doing better the last two days, but I welcome all the prayers I can get.😇 I love you all!

     
  3. Our Lord Said, “Behold, for I am meek and humble of heart.” What did He mean by that?
    Our Lord knew that He possessed Power over all of Nature and History. But He did not let that go to His Head. He had that Power UNDER HIS VOLITIONAL CONTROL, and did not “Lord it over” people. So I would take meekness to mean “Power under control.” This matters because the number of people who master their emotions is few; Most people are controlled by their emotions.
    I believe Our Lord’s enemies and haters somehow knew this, at least to some extent.

     
  4. Dr Eowyn . . . Wonderful lesson for today. It certainly helps to have these exquisite messages to help all of us stay on track in our individual quest to return to the presence of Our God.

     
  5. Thank you for the devotional. I believe this scripture is being hijacked by liberals to seduce believers into accepting “migrants”. We must be wise to remember those who believe on Him are our true neighbors.

     
  6. Beautiful article, Dr. Eowyn. And I love the pride of lions with the “Where We Go One, We Go All” motto.

     

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