28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 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.’ c There is no commandment greater than these.”
So many times Jesus will answer a question with a question. I think that is often to ge to th heart of the person who is asking. Jesus is more interested in them than the question they bring. That is not the case here in Mark 12. It could be one of two things – and most likely both!
- The question is weighty in its value and importance. Jesus wants to answer this one clearly and completely.
- The person asking has a good heart (without false motives) and is close to the Kingdom of God – which is exactly what Jesus said of this teacher of the Law (12:34).
The first and second most important commandments – it is worth taking note of this!
Loving God and loving people – this is God’s will for me. To love Him first and foremost with all my heart, soul, mind and strength – this is my life’s greatest pursuit. Because God so loves people, the greatest way I can love Him is by loving others for him and in His Name and by His power.
Holy Spirit – demolish the barriers that keep me from loving You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. Allow me to be Your hands and feet, loving people as You would love them.