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Friday, July 21, 2017

The Big Two - Keeping It Simple

July 21

(Deuteronomy 6:4-5 NIV) "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. {5} Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength."

(Leviticus 19:18 NIV) "Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD."

(Mark 12:28-31 NIV) "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.' There is no commandment greater than these.""

Jesus said that all the commandments could be summed up in two major commandments. The first and greatest Commandment is to love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. The second greatest Commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. We need to keep these two commandments in the order they were given. Many today have turned the order around and made “loving your neighbor” the main thing. They see “loving their neighbors” as proof that they love God… perhaps even as an avenue to loving God. This is backwards thinking and borders on “works righteousness”. God should always come first. We cannot ignore what Jesus said was number one by centering our theology on what Jesus said was number two. Doing the first and greatest Commandment is the way to truly obey the second greatest Commandment. God is first. Do both, but get the order right. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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