Words from the Heart for Wednesday January 22nd, 2020
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment.
Matthew 22:36-38 (NIV)
The Greatest Commandment
In Canada, we are so dead set on keeping the public thinking happy thoughts that the country has outlawed any comic book which depicts an illegal act. And since vigilantism is illegal everywhere in the known universe, the law applies to pretty much every modern comic book. So, technically, Avengers and Spider-Man comics are unlawful inside Canada. Don’t worry, though, the last time someone was indicted with the law was 1987 (and those charges were eventually changed).
God had revealed His will for His people when He gave them the Laws. He made it clear how He wanted them to live in relationship with Him and with others. By the time Jesus came, those who were serious about their religion tried to live according to every law that had been given to them by God, and later by rabbinical teaching. They counted on their teachers to explain the law, and would sit at the feet of their rabbi to ask a myriad of questions about the minutiae of the law. So it wasn’t surprising when one of His disciples asked Him what the greatest law was. Since Jesus was the great Lawgiver, He didn’t have to think about His answer. In Matthew 22:36-38 we read “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment.” No matter how moral a person is, how successful he or she is at keeping the law, if first and foremost that person doesn’t love God with heart, soul, and mind, all the morality in the world has no eternal value. How are you doing at keeping the greatest commandment?
These have been words from the heart.