Tuesday, August 28, 2007

OK Justin, set the key board down and back away. I said in August and it is still August.

I want to finish the thought thread we were on in April, but something else has caught my attention. I would like to take some time with that and work back to the prior line with some additional back ground.

Matthew, in chapter 22 fo his biography of Christ, records a conversation and confrontation between Jesus and the Jewish leadership. Having silenced them by showing the error of their thinking, Jesus is presented another question by a legal scholar who had been observing.

"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"

Jesus' answer in verse 37 and following is interesting.
"‘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. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

I would like to explore the meaning of His statement. These two commandments form the foundation for the rest of the entire Old Testament. That is bold. It also begs the question - why?

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