One of the Torah scholars came and heard them debating. Seeing that Yeshua had answered them well, he asked Him, “Which commandment is first of all?”  Yeshua answered, “The first is, ‘Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad. Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. And you shall love Adonai 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.  (Mark 12:30-31, TLV) (Deut. 6:4-5; Lev. 19:18b)

“There is no other commandment greater than these.”

I’m not sure how we manage to forget, ignore, overlook, reject, and contrive to misinterpret and re-prioritize what Yeshua said and meant when he quoted these Scriptures in response to the Torah scholar’s question. “Which commandment is first of all?”

Somehow, we do it.  We are prone to fuss with each other – and even with ourselves in our own minds – about all manner of interpretations, translations, and far-flung whispers of what we call revelations.  The list of our pet theories and exclusive doctrines is long.  You know what I am talking about.  That list does not bear repeating or rehearsing here.

Yeshua quoted Torah:  “Love YHVH. Love your neighbor”

What is LOVE?  Who is my neighbor?

SEARCH the Scriptures.  They are full of definitions, illustrations, and explanations about how to obey these commandments.

REMEMBER what Yeshua said “There is no other commandment greater than these.”

As an aid in meditation, LISTEN to this song: 

Father, thank you for your unfailing mercy and your great love.  As I continue to seek Your Truth and to follow Your instructions, may I know more and more how to love You best and most, and to love my neighbor as myself.  Amen.

Ed Boring

BYNA Elder

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