- “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30 – NASB)
The first part of the context from which our verse comes speaks of the “Pharisees and Herodians” that came to Jesus “to trap Him” (Mark 12:13). A conversation with questions was initiated by this group in an attempt to “trap Him” into making statements that might force the Romans to arrest Him for words violating Roman law (Mark 12:13-17).
Then the “Sadducees” came to Him to test Him on the matter of the “resurrection.” They, a much smaller group of the religious establishment, “who say that there is no resurrection,” set their face to trap Him into saying something they could use against Him, and in doing so, turn the people’s favor away from Him (Mark 12:18-27).
- “. . . one of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He (Jesus) had answered them well, asked Him, ‘What commandment is the foremost of all?'” (Mark 12:28 – NASB)
We should be particularly interested in how our Lord responded to this question. All people should be particularly interested, for the reply to this question comes from the Creator, (John 1:1-3), from God Himself (John 10:30) . . . . speaking to every soul that “the foremost . . . . commandment” rings out from the Scriptures, from the writings of Moses in the book of Deuteronomy. It is a “commandment” that God calls every soul to obey, and it is a commandment that we who are the called should respond to without reservation . . . . . . the call brethren is to, “love the LORD your God with . . .”
- “all your heart”
- “all your soul”
- “all your mind”
- “all your strength”
The “scribe” agreed! He said of Jesus, “Right, Teacher, You have truly stated” (Mark 12:32). If this “scribe” knew this then we who are born again of the Spirit of God should surely know it also. He who is our Lord has “truly stated,” and we are, in loving obedience, to act upon His words to us (John 14:23): To “love” Him “will all (our) heart, and with all (our) soul, and with all (our) mind, and with all (our) strength.”
Have a good day brethren . . . and as you walk take in the great commandment and with all your heart, desire to do it!
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