Matthew – the Gospel of Fulfillment Chapter 22 The Great Commandment
The attempts to trap Jesus continue in this chapter without success but one of the leaders asked a very good question, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Now for the Pharisees, there were 613 commandments that they regarded as the Law, which they “thought” they were meticulously keeping. So to ask which was the greatest was virtually an impossible question to answer and to ask without creating a scene unlike that of the current Presidential debates.
But even this did not faze Jesus. He quoted from the OT book of Deuteronomy, chapter 6, a passage that should have impacted their lives on a moment by moment basis (because this was to be on their hearts, taught diligently to their children, talked about). He simply said, “Love the Lord Your God with all you heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You will love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and Prophets.” Are you living a Great life?