Who Is The Lord Our God?

A lawyer in an attempt to trip Him up, asked Him ... 'Teacher, which Commandment of the Law is the greatest?'

Matthew 22:35-36
Matthew 22:34-40

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From Matthew’s Gospel, we all know Jesus’ answer to that question. There are two great commandments in the Law He said, 1) “You shall love the Lord your God” and 2) “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” In Luke’s Gospel, the question comes up in reverse form. Jesus asks the lawyer the question. And the lawyer’s answer in Luke coincides with Jesus’ answer in Matthew. “You shall love the Lord your God … and your neighbor as yourself.”

But there is a sequel in Luke that does not appear in Matthew. After the lawyer gives his answer, He begins to cross-examine Jesus. Who is this “neighbor” which the law says I must love? And Jesus gives his timeless definition of “lovable neighbor” in the parable of the Good Samaritan. For our Lesson today, let us turn that around. Instead of asking “Who is my neighbor?” let us address our question to part one of the great commandment: “Who is the Lord our God?”…

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