Monday, January 11, 2016
Mark 12:28-33 Jan. 10th, 2016
28 One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] No other commandment is greater than these.”
32 The teacher of religious law replied, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth by saying that there is only one God and no other. 33 And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.”
Ever wonder who this "Teacher of Religious Law" was?
Did he want to trick Jesus or was he curious?
Vs. 32 and 33 could be read as COCKY such as "See I told you there is only ONE GOD and you aren't it!"
Or it could be read in awe "They say you are a heretic but you speak with truth and grace and wisdom! I'd follow you!"
The point I got out of this was WATCH HOW YOU READ THE WORD!!!
When we read the OT as nothing but this mean God, we see God has having a streak of evil which HE CAN NOT HAVE!
When we read the N.T. and Jesus being all about just love (And not in a good sense but in that of a pansy sense...) we get the wrong picture... the two don't seem to mesh...
Yet the word LOVE in the OT was a word that didn't have any emotional connection to it... it was all about basically commitment!
LOVE, commit, treat others better then yourself.
I know one of the issues I have is that I frequently will expect MORE grace to be given to ME then I am willing to give to others.
I expect them to have patience with me but I am unwilling to give it to them.
Value others more than you value yourself... See them with the broken heart and extreme PASSION that God does! It will CHANGE YOU!