Posted by: SandreS | November 13, 2015

The First and Great Commandment

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One of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?” Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is, ‘Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength:’ this is the first commandment” (Mark 12:28-30).

This response of Christ was given to show the impossibility of keeping the law. Concerning this E.W. Bullinger has written,

Thus is the first and great commandment emphasized by the combined figures of [speech] in order to convict us of the impossibility of keeping this law and to bring us to the feet of Christ, who alone could keep it: that so we might be impressed with a sense of our own impotence, and cause us thankfully to cast ourselves on His omnipotence (see Luke 10:27) — Figures of Speech Used in the Bible (Bible Student’s Press), page 147.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.


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