Matthew 22:34–40 (ESV)
The Great Commandment
when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment
in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment.
39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
I like to think of today’s reading like a football game. The Sadducees called a running play, called a Draw play. The Defense saw the play coming and stopped
the play behind the line of scrimmage. The Sadducees went back to the huddle and the coaches called time out and sent in a new play to try and score. Jesus stopped the Sadducees question and now they are huddling with the Pharisees with a new question
to test Jesus. He stops the new play in their tracks. The great commandment of the Law is “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Secondly, “You shall love your neighbor
as yourself.” These two are impossible for us to keep. That is why we need God and his plan of salvation.
I pray: O Lord, I do love you,
but I must admit that it is not with my whole heart. I often turn my back on you when I sin. I also repent that I do not love my neighbor as myself. I want to do better. Forgive me and restore me. Amen.