Jesus Didn’t Come To Do Away With The Law – But To Clarify

Lost and Found

“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission. www.GregOlsen.com

Gospel – 10/25/20 – Matthew 22:34-40

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them,a scholar of the law tested him by asking,
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”

He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.

The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

The answer is so simple, you wonder why it took a lawyer to present the question.

What is the greatest of all commandments? “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.

This is the greatest and the first commandment.

”Simple, direct, clear.

Everyone would be happy with this answer – even the Pharisees. It adhered to the Law which is all that mattered to them. This is the first commandment given to Moses.

But then, Jesus, had to throw in this loving your neighbor commandment. This was a Jesus Commandment.

This completely took the Pharisees by surprise. They were the powerful, the protected and the respected.

They didn’t consider others on the same level as their exalted status. They sure didn’t need to love the lowly as they loved themselves. Honestly, they likely loved themselves more than they loved God.

So, this left them in a conundrum. How could they say he was wrong but how could they acknowledge a Commandment not in the Law?

Jesus didn’t come to do away with the Law. He came to clarify it.

At least that’s what I heard Him say…

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