The greatest commandment?

Posted: November 5, 2015 in The greatest commandment?

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MARK 12:28-34

 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them (Sadducees) debating. He was a Scribe and very familiar with the OT scriptures. They were debating with Jesus, about the Resurrection of the dead, and about marriage. They talked about a situation where dead people still regarded as being married, and that they were still married in Heaven. Jesus says there is no marriage in heaven. Jesus says the Sadducees are in the wrong.

Jesus tells them they do not know the scriptures…

(A Scribe standing listening,) notices that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” The man is intrigued by Jesus and His deep insight. He really wants to hear more and asks a question outside what the Sadducees are asking.

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’f Deut 6:4

Who can do this? What human being is up to this?

This LOVE is a spiritual love, a deep and abiding one that loves God completely and seeks close relationship with Him. This is a heart that recognizes God is One and only, and only he is worthy of the full love of heart, soul, mind and strength- ALL OF US, OUR WHOLE BEING.

We cannot do this or want this by ourselves… Why? God will require me to give up stuff, change, be different…. I am afraid of this, and the social pressure around me, makes me avoid it. Only God can work this in my heart…. I should search for it… pray for it…

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Lev 19:18

If I am loving God, I am loving those around me…. My Mum, Dad, brother, sister, for instance. We don’t want to do this most of the time, as they are really annoying..!!

I think I can love my friends a bit, but not those people….!

People at school who gossip against me, say things that put me down…

Teacher who pick on me…. Think I am stupid… even say it..!

God says, I must treat others as I would like to be treated.

Jesus did not say I can give as good as I get… Treat the people in my life, as I would like to be treated. If people treat me badly, I must treat them as I would like to be treated…. well, with respect and for their good.

This is also impossible without God working in my heart.

“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

Knowing God and loving God is about a holy life, not making outward sacrifices. Plenty of people give money, time, effort to serving God, but that is not what saves us, or makes us a friend of God. Knowing God is a heart thing, a total surrender to Him with every part of your being. It’s the losing all to gain it all…

When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” Jesus recognizes that the man really sees the truth. The man has spoken out, when the others with Him are against Jesus. He is brave and is very excited by what he sees and understands. God has revealed it to him. Jesus sees that the man is almost there in his journey to God.

Surely the man is there? Well, he has seen the truth, he understands, but now he has to take it into himself and actually live the life of FAITH, in this amazing God.

You need to live the life, and love God and others, with a full heart.

And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

The scribe who understood was almost in the kingdom, but not quite. He had heard, seen, understood, deeply affected, but He needed to hand over all of his life to God, and rest his whole life on the Lord Jesus. Having fuzzy feelings about it and saying to your self… some day I will come… is a dangerous strategy. You do not know your future, the desires you have now to seek Jesus and trust Him, will go, if you don’t act. You will not always want Him or to even listen to Him…

The truths will fade away and be replaced.

The obstacles that keep you from Jesus will get bigger.

If you see like this man has seen, come to Jesus, put your trust and hope in Him. You know he is able… Don’t let the fear of others, land you in a place of terror. If God is speaking to you, if the Holy Spirit is showing you this is true … answer Him, come to Him, believe and live for Him.

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