30 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: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
The question the scribe asked Jesus in verse 28 doesn’t originate from a place of hostility or a hidden motive but from a place of true sincerity since he saw Jesus answered the scribes well (v.28). For traditionally the scribes spoke of 613 individual commandments of the Mosaic Law—365 negative ones and 248 positive ones. While they believed all were binding, they assumed a distinction between weightier and lighter laws and often attempted to sum up the whole Law in a single unifying command. It was based on such a traditional understanding of the question that we read in these two verses Jesus’ reply to the scribe. The implication of Jesus’ answer ended up being far more significant than what the scribe initially wanted. Through Jesus’ answer, he emphasised that there is no barrier between Jews (scribes, people of the Law) and Gentiles. All were seen as equals.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Lord we ask you to shield the world from panic and despair as Your Church boldly proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ. In this uncertain time, may people find true comfort and peace in their souls as they call upon Your Name.