And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, 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.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.
by: Jasmine Lynch.
We like to talk about the Ten Commandments, but according to Jesus, they can be summed up into two commandments: love God and love your neighbor as yourself. The first three of the original 10 tell us what we will not do if we love God, the fourth what we will do if we love God, the fifth what we will do if we love our parents and the last five what we will not do if we love our fellowman (Exodus 20:2-17). The scribe who asked Jesus, “Which is the first commandment,” was not ignorant of the Law. Jesus said he was “not far from the kingdom of God.” What does that mean? Where do you stand with relation to God’s kingdom?