Numbers 4:1-5:31; Mark 12:18-37; Psalm 48:1-14; Proverbs 10:26
“And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which of the commandments is the most important of all?”
Jesus answered, “The most important is this, ‘Hear O, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 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 you neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
“You are right, Teacher. You have truly said he is one, and there is no one besides him and to love him with all your heart…and to love one’s neighbor as oneself is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”
Question: What would bring the scribe into the kingdom of God?
Answer: Faith in the Son of God
Question: What’s more important: To know all the teachings in the Bible OR to know Him?
Answer: To know Him as your Savior–who gave His life for you–who walks beside you day by day.
Question: What’s He called us to do: To follow the rules for living a “good” life OR to follow Him?
Answer: When we know Him, we follow Him and the good that He does, we do by His grace and power.
Question: Whose voice do you listen to: The world’s voice to take care of number One (ourselves) or God’s voice to lose oneself and depend on the Savior?
Answer: By God’s grace, we listen for our Good Shepherd’s voice and trust Him to lead us through this life.
Lord, enlighten us with the truth of the Gospel–that we fall short of perfection–that we sin daily–that we need what Christ Jesus offers us–forgiveness. Strengthen our faith and love for You that we may walk in Your ways; that we might delight in Your teaching; that we might love our neighbors as ourselves. We pray all this for Jesus’ sake, Amen.
“We have thought on your steadfast love,
O God, in the midst
of your temple.”