If We Remember Nothing Else...

posted Oct 26, 2014, 1:43 PM by web feat
One of the resistances many have against the church is the perception that there are just "too many rules" -- too many "thou shalt nots." Certainly in Jesus' time this was true - 613 statutes in the first five books of the Old Testament alone! 

So, when Pharisees asked Jesus,

“Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?”

it was meant as a trap, and they certainly never expected the answer to be a "do" rather than a "don't:"

Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”  (from Eugene Peterson's "The Message")

But as Brett Blair so beautifully states,

LAW tells us what we have done WRONG. LOVE tells us WHO WE CAN BE.

Based on Matthew 22:34-46. Click here to listen to the message, and access related resources