TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS
"BUT when the Pharisees had heard that He had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked Him a question tempting Him, and saying: Master, which is the GREAT commandment of the law? Jesus said unto him, YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR LIFE, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND. THIS IS THE FIRST AND GREAT COMMANDMENT. AND THE SECOND IS LIKE UNTO IT: YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS HANG ALL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS" (Matthew 22: 34-40).
Yes it was a trick question, and if Jesus had named any ONE commandment you can be sure all kinds of other questions would have poured out from the Pharisees in trying to trick Him more.
Jesus does quote from the Old Testament, so this truth was there all the time; He did not make it up - Deut. 6:5; 10:12; 30:6 and Lev. 19:18; 19:19.
THE WHOLE OLD TESTAMENT AND WAY OF GOD, IS SUMMED UP IN THESE TWO OVERALL COMMANDMENTS.
OH HOW I'VE HEARD THIS SECTION AND TEACHING OF JESUS ABUSED AND MISUSED. SOME HAVE GIVEN JESUS' WORDS AS A WISHY-WASHY WAY TO HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART TOWARDS GOD, AND LOVE TO OTHER PEOPLE, AND TO THEM THERE ARE NO SPECIFICS AS TO HOW YOU SHOULD LIVE YOUR LIFE TOWARDS GOD AND OTHER PEOPLE. THEY USE IT AS IF THERE IS NO OTHER WORDS OR TEACHINGS FROM CHRIST IN ANY SPECIFICS IN THE GOSPELS. WHICH WE HAVE SEEN ALREADY TO BE TOTALLY FALSE.
WHEN YOU ASK THEM, CAN YOU PROFANE THE NAME OF GOD OR JESUS; CAN YOU WORSHIP GOD AND SAY BUDDAH ALSO - THEY WILL SAY, WELL NO YOU CANNOT DO THAT.
IF YOU ASK THEM CAN YOU MURDER PEOPLE, CAN YOU STEAL FROM PEOPLE, CAN YOU BE A LIAR IN COURT TOWARDS PEOPLE, THEY WILL SAY, WELL NO YOU CANNOT DO THAT.
WHAT THESE PEOPLE ADMIT IS THAT 9 OUT OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS SHOULD BE OBEYED BY CHRISTIANS.
WHY THEY ARGUE THE WAY THEY DO, IS BECAUSE OF THE 4TH COMMANDMENT.......TO THEM THE 4TH COMMANDMENT, THE SABBATH COMMANDMENT, IS AN OLD RELIC OF A GONE-BY-AGE; IT'S JUST NOT IMPORTANT ANY MORE, ESPECIALLY IN A MODERN FAST COMPLICATED WORLD. AND BECAUSE THEY HAVE THIS ATTITUDE TO THE SABBATH COMMANDMENT, THEY WILL COME UP WITH EVERY ARGUMENT YOU CAN THINK OF [THIS SECTION BEING ONE] TO "DO AWAY WITH" THE COMMANDMENT TO KEEP HOLY THE 7TH DAY OF THE WEEK.
IT IS TRULY ASTOUNDING AND SHOCKING, HOW MANY ARGUMENTS PEOPLE WILL COME UP WITH, TO SAY GOD HAS CUT OUT THE SABBATH DAY COMMAND IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
JESUS NEVER CUT OUT ANY COMMANDMENT FROM THE 10 COMMANDMENTS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
AND JESUS SAYING THESE TWO OVERALL COMMANDMENTS - LOVE TOWARDS GOD AND LOVE TOWARDS YOUR NEIGHBOR - DO NOT MEAN THE SABBATH COMMAND HAS BEEN ABOLISHED.
THE SABBATH COMMAND IS NOT MENTIONED IN THESE VERSES AND THIS TEACHING OF JESUS.
WE CAN FIND LATER IN THE NEW TESTAAMENT, WHERE JESUS INSPIRED THE SUBJECT OF PHYSICAL CIRCUMCISION TO BE DEBATED IN HIS CHURCH, AND THE ANSWER GIVEN UNDER INSPIRATION - ACTS 15. THE WEEKLY SABBATH DAY COMMAND WAS JUST AS PROMINENT IN JEWISH LIFE AS PHYSICAL CIRCUMCISION. IF THERE WAS GOING TO BE A "CHANGE" OF THE DAY, OR A DOING AWAY WITH THE DAY ALTOGETHER, YOU CAN BET THERE WOULD HAVE ALSO BEEN A CHURCH MEETING OF MINISTERS TO DECIDE THE ISSUE.
I HAVE GIVEN MUCH TIME AND SPACE ON THIS WEBSITE TO THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT - THE SABBATH COMMANDMENT. ALL ARGUMENTS AGAINST THIS COMMANDMENT AS BEING CHANGED OR ABROGATED HAVE BEEN ANSWERED.
LOVING GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, YOUR LIFE, YOUR MIND, INCLUDES OBEYING THE 4TH COMMANDMENT OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS.