Our last scripture about the greatest commandment is found in the Gospel of Mark. Because I love the particular wording, I wanted you to read it in The Message translation (Mark 12:28-34:)
The Most Important Commandment
One of the religion scholars came up. Hearing the lively exchanges of question and answer and seeing how sharp Jesus was in his answers, he put in his question: “Which is most important of all the commandments?”
Jesus said, “The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.”
The religion scholar said, “A wonderful answer, Teacher! So lucid and accurate—that God is one and there is no other. And loving him with all passion and intelligence and energy, and loving others as well as you love yourself. Why, that’s better than all offerings and sacrifices put together!”
When Jesus realized how insightful he was, he said, “You’re almost there, right on the border of God’s kingdom.’ After that, no one else dared ask a question.
When I began looking for the scripture references for this particular story, this is the last one I read and it gave me goosebumps! Can you imagine having a conversation with Jesus like this? You ask Him a question, you hear His answer. You repeat back to Him what you think He meant…how you understand what He is teaching. And then He says to you, “Yes, you are just about there! I think you get it!” Continue reading