You Get It?
A Pharisee, trying to trap Jesus, questions Jesus about the greatest commandment.
Christ's answer goes to the heart of His ministry and life.
Mark 12:28-34 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." (NIV)
Jesus then sharply criticizes both sects for having failed to grasp the true meaning of
worship and service before God. We think we understand our Bible. We think we understand
the meanings, purposes, and designs of our scriptural truths. The Pharisees of Jesus day
would have railed in indignation had anyone suggested they did not understand their
religious texts. Are we any different? For if we are different, we must be open to
learning more about our scriptural truths. If we think we "get it" or if we
think we have already "gotten it", we probably haven't gotten anything
like the Pharisees had not "gotten it."
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