Matthew 22:37-39 NIV 2011
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew whose name means “gift of the Lord” was also called Levi. He focused on Jesus as the One that fulfilled prophecy. He substantiated his premise by quoting God’s Word using Old Testament Scripture. Jesus here used Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Jesus’ second directive was from Leviticus 19:18, “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as your self.” Using God’s Word Matthew revealed Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus said to love the Lord and your neighbors.
Matthew was the first book of the Bible I studied in depth in 1983/84. Matthew’s writings made sense to me as he substantiated Christ being the Messiah. He used Old Testament Scripture to support his statements. As a linear person, facts matter by helping me put the pieces of the puzzle together. We are called to not only love the Lord but also love our neighbors. Sometimes it’s hard when they’re irregular people. Daily I love the Lord and my neighbors.
How do we to love our neighbors?
Together loving Jesus,