Mark 12:30; Matthew 22:37; Deuteronomy 6:5 are some of the few places in the bible where this important command is mentioned.
The first instance of this verse is mentioned in Deuteronomy 6:5 when Moses, the leader of Israelite presents commands, decrees and laws to observe in the land, then Matthew 22:37, in which Jesus schools the religious folks, as well as teachers of the law, when they come to him, to answer which command was most important, and also in Mark 12:30
These commandments that I give you today are to be in your hearts. Impress them on your children, talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down, and when you get up
The heart, muscular organ, about the size of a fist, located in chest area, between the lungs. An organ that pumps blood, as well as circulates blood flow throughout the body. Not only that but the heart also operates as the central part of our emotions, will power, and feelings.
GOD instructs Moses, to instruct the Israelites, to love the Lord their God, with all their heart, soul, and strength, and to impress God’s commands in their hearts, as well as their children.
To impress is to engrave deeply or strongly in our mind or in feelings. [Dictionary.com]
Moses commands the parents to influence their children in opinion, speak about their beliefs, talk about God’s law, meditate upon them, and think about them throughout the day; in the morning, while traveling, and even before going to bed.
The second instance where this passage is mentioned is Matthew 22: 37 where a few of the pharisee– the religious folks got together to test Jesus.
Teacher which is the greatest commandment in the Law?
The greatest, in ability, quality, or importance
The religious folks were looking to trip Jesus, and Jesus had an answer for them.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
The law they knew very well. The pharisee were very well versed and taught, they knew that the law and the prophets hung on these two commands.
Just as Jesus commanded then, he commands now
First, Love the Lord God with all your your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. When we love God with all of our soul, which represents mental and emotional part of us, we love God in our mind where our thoughts, and ideas are formed, through emotions, which are so often in control of our being. We sacrifice our lives for him.
Second is like it, ” Love your neighbor as yourself” Who is my neighbor? One that is need of my services, or help. We are to love our neighbors as ourselves. When we love others, we are able to full-fill the command of God.
Mark 12:28-34 The greatest command in the KINGDOM of GOD is to love GOD with all of our being, as well as love our neighbors as ourselves.
Friends, so what does it mean to love God with all of our heart, mind, and strength, as well as our neighbors? It is to faithfully reverence God in everything we do, think about, and say. Is to be that helping hand in our communities, to be the light of the world, and represent Christ through the love we show to others. To love God is to sacrifice one’s life for him. To lay down our life, deny ourselves, pick up our daily cross of struggles, and to follow him.
For God so loved the world, that he sacrificed his only son, so that none who believe, shall perish but have everlasting life. [paraphrased]
Let us step into his footsteps, and follow his commands as well as impress them on our hearts, and our children.
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