It Gets Messy

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Turning Point                                    Mark 12:28-34

It Gets Messy

Love God and Your Neighbor

28 One of the scribes went to Jesus during the argument with the Sadducees. He saw how well Jesus answered them, so he asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of them all?”

29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. 30 So love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second most important commandment is this: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

32 The scribe said to Jesus, “Teacher, that was well said! You’ve told the truth that there is only one God and no other besides him! 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as you love yourself is more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

34 When Jesus heard how wisely the man answered, he told the man, “You’re not too far from the kingdom of God.” After that, no one dared to ask him another question.

For some strange reason, I have an affinity with stories of lawyers encountering Jesus.

He asks a question, it is not a sincere question, he is hoping to entrap Jesus. He asks, “Which commandment is most important?”

I think my answer would be, “They are all equally important, no commandment is greater than another.” But is that really how I live? In practice, I probably do make some more important than others. Isn’t murder a worse transgression than coveting? Aren’t stealing and adultery worse transgressions than taking God’s name in vain on the golf course?

Still I think I would have said all are equally important. But it is not what I say, it is not what we say – it is what He says.

Jesus offers a better and more challenging answer. He states clearly what commandments are most important. They are the most important in word and practice. Perhaps if we get these two commandment right, and live by these two commandments, all other commandment will fall in line.


Reflect on…

1) When has messy love made a difference in your life?

2) Who can you show “messy love” to?
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