Hi there and welcome to Devotional Moments. At Reedy we are going through the three letters of the Apostle John, and we have been trying to learn a new memory verse each week. This week’s memory verse is from 1 John 4:7, “let us love one another, for love comes from God...” (1 John 4:7 NIV). John wrote extensively to these churches about loving God and loving one another. It is not only one of the main measures of Christian maturity, but also the greatest command given by our Lord Jesus. Let’s look a bit deep at this command.
In Mark 12 verse 28 a teacher of the law overheard another group of religious leaders known as the Sadducees debating with Jesus. Now this Teacher of the Law was impressed with Jesus’ answers and so he wanted to dialogue with Jesus. Anyone who knows a good philosopher or theologian or academic knows they like to wrestle through issues that relate to their field. It’s not that they are trying to be painful. It’s just who they are. Some of us couldn’t really care less but they do. And so, it appears that this teacher of the law wanted to dialogue with Jesus.
As you would know there are the original Ten Commandments that God gave His people to follow. What happened in time is that the law makers had developed 613 laws. Some religious leaders tried to distinguish between major and minor laws, and some taught that all laws were equally binding and that it was dangerous to make any distinctions. And so, when the teacher of the law asked Jesus, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" (Mark 12:28 NIV), I wonder if he had this challenge in mind?