AND YOU SHALL BE MY DISCIPLES – Lesson #37
- Love the Lord
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”“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 foremost commandment.” Matthew 22:36-38
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Once again, things are not as they seem. The man who asked the question did not care about knowing the greatest commandment. He had nefarious motives.
Matthew 22:34 “But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. v35 One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing (tempting) Him, v36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
Jesus answers the question, takes command and captures the moment. He recites the Great Commandment from the Jewish law, the Torah in Deuteronomy chapter six.
Jesus then sets the stage
“The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’“On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
In one brilliant moment, the Pharisees are confronted with the Christ!
“Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question:
“What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?”
Learn from this.
- When people confront you and test you or test your faith, speak the Word of God.
- Speak the whole Truth
- Always bring your audience, your opponent or your friends to the Messiah. Always.
Of course, this implies you KNOW THE WORD OF GOD.
“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” Joshua 1:8
Now, it is your turn:
HOW MUST YOU DO IT?
HOW MUST YOU TEACH IT?
Your Brother and Friend,
“Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.”