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Which Command Is Most Important?
28One of the teachers of the law came to Jesus. He heard Jesus arguing with the
Sadducees* and the Pharisees.* He saw that Jesus gave good answers to their questions.
So he asked Jesus, "Which of the commands is most important?" 29Jesus answered,
"The most important command is this: 'People of Israel, listen! The Lord our God
is the only Lord. 30You must love the Lord your God. You must love him with all
your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.'* 31The second
most important command is this: 'You must love other people the same as you love
yourself.'* These two commands are the most important." 32The man answered, "That
was a good answer, Teacher. You were right when you said these things. God is the
only Lord, and there is no other God. 33And a person must love God with all his
heart, all his mind, and all his strength. And a person must love other people the
same as he loves himself. These commands are more important than all the animals
and sacrifices we offer to God." 34Jesus saw that the man answered him wisely.
So Jesus said to the man, "You are close to the kingdom of God." And after that
time, no person was brave enough to ask Jesus any more questions.
Is the Christ David's Son or David's Lord?
35Jesus was teaching in the temple* area. Jesus asked, "Why do the teachers of the
law say that the Christ* is the son of David* ? 36With the help of the Holy Spirit,*
David himself says: 'The Lord (God) said to my Lord (Christ): Sit by me at my right
side, and I will put your enemies under your control.* '
37David himself calls the Christ 'Lord.' So how can the Christ be David's son?"
Many people listened to Jesus and were very pleased.
Jesus Criticizes the Teachers of the Law
38Jesus continued teaching. Jesus said, "Be careful of the teachers of the law.
They like to walk around wearing clothes that look important. And they love for
people to show respect to them in the market places. 39They love to get the most
important seats in the synagogues.* And they love to get the most important seats
at the feasts. 40They are mean to widows* and steal their homes. Then they try to
make themselves look good by saying long prayers. God will punish them very much."
A Widow Shows the Meaning of Giving
41Jesus sat near the temple money box* where people put their gifts. He watched
the people put money in the box. Many rich people gave much money. 42Then a poor
widow* came and gave two very small copper coins. These coins were not even worth
a penny. 43Jesus called his followers to him. Jesus said, "I tell you the truth.
This poor widow gave only two small coins. But she really gave more than all the
rich people. 44Those people have plenty; they gave only what they did not need.
This woman is very poor. But she gave all she had. And she needed that money to
help her live."
Sadducees A leading Jewish religious group. They accepted only the first five books
of the Old Testament. They believed that people don't live again after death. Pharisees
The Pharisees were a Jewish religious group that claimed to follow carefully all
Jewish laws and customs. 'People ... strength' Quote from Deut. 6:4-5. 'You must
... yourself' Quote from Lev. 19:18. temple The special building in Jerusalem for
Jewish worship. Christ The "anointed one" (Messiah) or chosen one of God. David
King of Israel about 1000 years before Christ. Holy Spirit Also called the Spirit
of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter. Joined with God and Christ, he
does God's work among people in the world. control Literally, "feet." synagogue(s)
Synagogues were places where Jews gathered for prayer, study of the Scriptures,
and other public meetings. widow(s) A widow is a woman whose husband has died. money
box A special box in the Jewish place for worship where people put their gifts to
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