2nd Sunday in March
And 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?"
Jesus answered, "The foremost is, 'Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord;
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.'
"The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other
commandment greater than these." And the scribe said to Him, "Right, Teacher, you
have truly stated that He is One; and there is no one else besides Him; and to love
Him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength,
and to love one's neighbor as himself, is much more than all burnt offerings and
And when Jesus saw that he had answered intelligently, He said to him, "You are
not far from the kingdom of God." And after that, no one would venture to ask Him
any more questions. Mark 12:28-34 (NAS)
The most important commandment is to love whom?
What is the 2nd most important commandment according to Jesus?
Suggested Bible Reading for Month:
March 1-7:New Testament -- Mark 6:30 - Mark 9:50. Old Testament -- Numbers 5 - Numbers
March 8-14: New Testament-- Mark 10:1 - Mark 13:23. Old Testament -- Numbers 17
- Numbers 30.
March 15-21: New Testament -- Mark 13:24 - Mark 16:20. Old Testament -- Numbers
31 - Deuteronomy 6.
March 22-31: New Testament -- Luke 1:1 - Luke 5:16. Old Testament -- Deuteronomy
7 - Deuteronomy 31.
One 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?"
Jesus answered, "The most important command is this: 'People of Israel, listen!
The Lord our God is the only Lord. You must love the Lord your God. You must love
him with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.'
"The second most important command is this: 'You must love other people the same
as you love yourself.' These two commands are the most important." The 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. And 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."
Jesus 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. Mark 12:28-34 (ERV)
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