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Study Course Reflections by Don Schwager.
12: The Two Great Commandments
6:5 and Leviticus 19:18 (RSV translation)
your God - Love your neighbor
Matthew 22:34-39 (RSV
Deuteronomy 6:5 You shall love
the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all
your soul, and with all your might.
Leviticus 19:18 You shall not take
vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons of your own people, but you
shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
The two great commandments
Some questions for
But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they
came together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test
him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 And he
said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and
with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first
commandment. 39 And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as
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The Old Testament law listed some 613 precepts (commandments). The first
of the ten commandments states that one must worship God alone and not
any false idols. Why does Moses command the people to love God with all
one’s heart, soul, and might (strength)? How does loving God and worshipping
God go together?
Why does Jesus link the command to love God with the command to love one’s
[Don Schwager is a member of
Servants of the Word and author of the Daily
Scripture Reading & Meditation website.]