The Gospel According to Mark | Chpt. 12 Pt. 4 (Mark 12:28-34)Bill Knaub, Unknown Date
Part of the Mark series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The Greatest Commandment
Once again we find this account taking place in the week leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus.
Matthew does not contain the comments of Jesus regarding the fact that the teacher of the law is not far from the Kingdom of God.
• The OT citation came to be known as the Shema, named after the first word of Dt 6:4 in Hebrew, which means “hear.” The Shema became the Jewish confession of faith, which was recited by pious Jews every morning and evening. To this day its recitation begins every synagogue service. (NIV Study Bible, note on page 1551)
• There were 613 laws contained in the Mosaic Law.
Jewish rabbis counted 613 individual statutes in the law and attempted to differentiate between “heavy” (or “great”) and “light” (or “little”) commands.
2nd Greatest Commandment
• Jesus highlights the importance of the command to love one another by adding his own comment that it is in loving one another that one shows that he loves the Lord God.
• To profess to believe and not to love other believers as a way of life is to deny that you have a new heart and that you sins are forgiven. 1 John 4:13-21
• Jesus says that loving one another sums up the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12
• The command to love one another is defined differently in the Mosaic law and the law of Christ. Numbers 35:6-21, Romans 12:9-21
• All law is based on the two great commandments.
• God does not change with regard to his character but what is law does change.
Ephesians 2:11-18, Hebrews 7:12, Colossians 2:16-17
Old Covenant Law
• Old Covenant law is made up of the Ten Commandments and the Mosaic law.
Exodus 34:27-28, Exodus 21:1
New Covenant Law
• New Covenant law is the law of Christ, which is similar but not the same as the Mosaic law.
1 Corinthians 9:19-21
“You are not far from the kingdom of God”
• The teacher of the law understood that the issue of most importance is not sacrifice but loving our God. Hebrews 10:8-10
• The key to eternal life is a changed life. Hebrews 12:14
• The key to a changed life is cross. Hebrews 10:14