Slide 2: 28 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 first of all?”
29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one;
30 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.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that he is one, and there is no other but he; The Holy Bible : Revised Standard Version Second Catholic edition (2006), with the ecclesiastical approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Thomas Nelson Publishing for Ignatius Press.
Slide 3: 33 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.”
34 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 question. The Holy Bible : Revised Standard Version Second Catholic edition (2006), with the ecclesiastical approval of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Thomas Nelson Publishing for Ignatius Press.
12:28-31 The Greatest Commandment : 12:28-31 The Greatest Commandment God’s laws are not burdensome.
They can be reduced to two simple principles:
Love God and
These commands are from the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18).
When you love God completely and care for others as you care for yourself, then you have fulfilled the intent of the Ten Commandments.
According to Jesus, these two commandments summarize all God’s law.
12:32-34 You are right : 12:32-34 You are right The scribe appreciates Jesus’ response.
He sees how Jesus has combined two commands given to Israel by Moses (Deut 6:2 and Lev 19:18).
He also hears in Jesus’ response more than Jesus has said!
He hears in it the echo of the prophet who declared that love, not sacrifice, is what God desires of all people (v. 33, quoting Hos 6:6).