Matthew 22:36-40 - “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
In this text, the Sadducees, those who did not believe in the resurrection came to Jesus with a question about the resurrection, with hopes of tricking Him.
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question in vs#36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus, knowing the intent of their hearts gave them the answer that is found in vs#37-40 of this text. I could only assume that they probably was looking for an answer from the 10 commandments, the law of Moses, which they knew very well.
But instead, Jesus quoted the commands God had given Israel to obey prior to possessing the land which He promised to give to the children of Abraham.
Let's listen to Jesus’ answer given to the Pharisees in Deuteronomy 6:5-"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Jesus did not end there for He added the love of others as thyself in Matthew 22:39 - And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The first four verses of the 10 commandments have to do with our relationship with God, and the last six commandments have to do with our relationship with others. So what Jesus does is sum them up in these 2 verses in Matthew 22:36-39.
Jesus believed that God's law of "love" was so important that He said in vs #40- on these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
The teachers of the law met the "LAW" Himself that day.
Loving God means that you love your neighbor as yourself.
We cannot love anyone until we first learn how to Love God who is the epitome of love.
As hopeless and as lost as we were and some still are, God loved us enough to send sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to redeem us from our sins by the shedding of His blood on an old ruggard cross.
Calvary is indeed the epitome of God's love for humanity.
John 3:16-For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for being the greatest "Lover" ever known.