Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Great Commandments

One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22: 35 - 40

For all our time spent on erudite theology, creeds, and doctrines, here is God's foundational statement given to Moses four thousand years ago.  It has not changed since then and never will.  The statement is magnificent in its simplicity and directness. Only we mortals, throughout the centuries, in our egos and desires for independence and societal idols, find it difficult to accept and follow.

These two photo Scriptures reference the intensity of the call to the great commandments.

Fawns on the Salmon River, ID

Washington coast, Olympic Peninsula

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