The Greatest Commandments and the Mystery of Godliness!!!
Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment . And the Second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying,“What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.” He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying:‘ The Lord said to my Lord,“Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”’? If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?” And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore….. Matthew 22:34-46
In our previous Study, we see Jesus giving an answer to the question that was asked by the Sadducees concerning the Matter of Marriage at the resurrection. We saw how Jesus showed them that they were Mistaken because of Lack of the Knowledge of the Scriptures and the Power of the Holy Spirit. Here we see that after Jesus had silenced the Pharisees and Sadducees Yet another person who is a Lawyer approached Him with another question to test Him.
Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”: A Lawyer is someone who has deeply studied the Law of Moses and He came to Jesus asking a Question to Test Him. Although the question looks like a Harmless question, yet the Holy Spirit noted that it was a question meant to test and trap Jesus. Again and again we have seen this, Religious people coming to ask us a question with a wrong motive to test and trap us. And this is why we must always be filled with the Holy Spirit to see through people’s questions and receive wisdom from God on how to give answers to such questions. He asked, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Among the Jews, there was an argument on which of the Commandment was the greatest. Some said it was the Sabbath, other said it was the Law Sacrifice and others said it was the Law of festivals. Here is the test, if Jesus had said, the greatest Commandments is the Law of Sabbath. Others will be against Him and have resentment towards Him because He did not go with their opinion.
Although it is true that some commandments are greater than others. Jesus spoke about the least and great Commandments(Matthew 5:19). And the test of how faithful we are to God’s law is known in our reaction to the least commands. So a True Disciple of the Lord is not only seeking for the great Commandments to be obeyed but also seeking for the Little ones to keep. The whole new testament has a lot of Exhortation that looks like little Commandments and many churches has ignored it saying, “It is not essential for Salvation”. Well My advise is, “Just tear that page off” When You read commands like, ” Let no corrupt words proceed out of your mouth(Colossians 4:29), Do all things without grumbling and complaining(Philippians 2:14)” what is your reactions towards it? If you are not taking Commandments like this seriously, then it means you belong to those group who don’t believe all that the Bible teaches. You belong to the group that says, “This is the Word of Paul and not of the Holy Spirit”. Those who are Disciples of the Lord are not always seeking to know the Least or great commands of the Lord. What is important to them is, “Has the Lord Commanded it? Then I must seek for Grace to do it? If the Holy Spirit has specifically noted it, then who am I to say it is not essential for my Life?”. These should be our reactions and respond to God’s word. None of the Commandments of the Lord is Useless, if the Lord has asked the Women to cover their head when they pray or prophecy, even if I don’t know why, I want to obey it!!
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment . And the Second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”: And it interesting to see the wisdom of Jesus. How He escaped from the Trap in the question He was asked. He did not mention any of the Ten Commandments. He gave a perfect description of the Ten Commandments into Two parts. In other words, Remember that the Ten Commandments were written Two tablets of Stone. The First Four Commandments deals with our relationship with God and the Remaining Six deals with our relationship with other Humans. The First Four was basically telling us to Love the Lord with all our Hearts, Soul and Mind. While the last six was basically saying we should Love our neighbors as we Love ourselves. All that the whole Bible teaches is to bring us to a life where we can love God with all our Hearts, Soul and Mind. And secondly Love our neighbors as we Love ourselves. For love is the fulfillment of the law.(Romans 13:10). The Love for God and the Love for others is like the two poles that Makes up the Cross. The vertical Pole which is the Longest pole represents our Love for God while the Horizontal pole which is shorter represents our Love for others. Our Love for God must be greater than our Love for others. If we Love others more than we Love God, we would be tempted to compromise on some issue because we seek to please others and not God. Our Love for God must be so great that all our neighbors, even our Father, Mother, Wife, Husband, brothers, Sisters and Children think that we hate them. All our Interpretation of God’s Commandments must be channel towards the direction of getting people to Love God and Love their neighbors.
While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying,“What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.” He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying:‘ The Lord said to my Lord,“Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”’? If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?: Jesus asked them a very mysterious question. How could David Son be David’s Lord? How can the Son of David be a Lord to David? Is It not the Son that was suppose to Call the Father Lord? This is a mystery they could not understand. They could not understand that the Messiah was to be God Manifested in the Flesh. They could not understand that Jesus was God and had become Man in a Flesh like us. He was not only the Son of David but He was also the Lord!!! This is a great Mystery that was too hard for them to understand. But now that the Holy Spirit has been poured out, it is a shameful thing that many Christians are yet to have revelation on this Mystery of Godliness which is, “God Manifested in the Flesh(1 Timothy 3:16)”.They are yet to understand the Significance of Jesus coming to Earth as a Man with a Flesh that was tempted like Us. Indeed, the secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him.
And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore: with that question, Jesus silenced them forever. God has an answer to every question. The more we are in touch with God, the More we will know the answers. When we first come to the Lord, we know little about God but as we grow we know lot more. There is absolutely no Contradictions in God’s word. Those things that looks like Contradictions is because we have not understood them properly. There is an answer to everything that looks like a Contradiction in the Bible. There is an answer to every question in God’s word. I can’t say I have found all of them, but I have found lot which I never knew 8 years ago. So don’t reject something because You don’t know the answer. Be Humble enough to say, “I am not yet mature enough to know the answer for that”. It is like a child studying Mathematics in a school. When He is in Nursery Class, He does not know Algebra or geometry. And He may say, “What is Algebra and Geometry?, it is not part of mathematics!!! I know Mathematics. 2+2 =4, and 2*3=6. I know the Multiplication Table. But this Algebra and Geometry is rubbish!!!”. This is what the Child sincerely thinks because He is in the Nursery Class. But when He comes to the Secondary Class and studies Algebra and Geometry, He will be like, “Wow, truly there is Algebra and Geometry. They were Right!!!” And also at that stage, He may say, what is Matrix and calculus? It does not exist in Mathematics.!! Just wait and let Him get to a higher class still. Then He will understand that. So,whatever You think is absolute Rubbish wait until you walk more faithfully with the Lord. So it is good that when we are younger to Humble ourselves and say, “I don’t know. My spiritual understanding has not yet grown to the Level where I can understand that but there must be truth in it whenever we come to the Scriptures and see something we don’t understand or that looks contradicting. Don’t be so arrogant to thing it is a Contradiction because You cannot understand it.. It is because you are immature and maybe in the Kindergarten class. Someone else who is more mature and has walked with God more faithfully understands it more clearly. But Proud people can never accept that answer. They think if they have got intelligence to understand Mathematics and English, then they can understand the Bible. Definitely not!!! For God has hidden these things from the Wise and intelligent and revealed it to those who are Humble. And our Understanding of God’s word is not dependent on our age or how many years we have become a Christian. It totally depends on Humility and obedience to the Little you have understood. If the Little You know, you have failed to live in obedience to it, then there is no need for God to give you understanding on more.
Dear Friend, All the Commandments in God’s word is to lead us to a Life where we come to Love the Lord God with all our everything within us and to Love people as we Love ourselves. Take heed therefore to the kind of messages you pay attention to. If it is leading you to Love Money and make you become a Master to others, then you are definitely on the wrong track. The Word of God is not Contradicting as some proud people thinks. If you read something You don’t understand in the Bible, be Humble enough to say, “I Have not yet grown in Spiritual understanding to understand that” instead of leading others into Error. May the Lord give us Grace to Humble ourselves in Jesus name(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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