February - 2019
…one of the scribes came up and….asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and 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.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Mark 12:28-33 ESV
Jesus said on many occasions that all the commands in the Bible could be summed up in the two love commands given here in Mark. Love God and love your neighbor. And I might say, great, how do I do that? It’s easy to say love God and love my neighbor, but how do I actually do that?
Well we can go to the ten commandments in Exodus 20 to maybe get a hint. When the “scribe” asked Jesus the question he was undoubtedly asking about the ten.
If we take the first four of the ten they tell us what God expects people to do to show their love for Him. Have no other gods, have no idols, don’t use His name in vain, and don’t work on one day each week but set it aside to worship Him.
The last six deal with how we are to lovingly treat our fellow man. Honor our parents, don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t covet.
Paul talks about this in and around Galatians 5:13-14, and Romans 13:8-10.
I encourage you (and me) during the month of February to be as wise as the “scribe” and to “love the Lord your God” and to “love your neighbor as yourself”.