Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
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.
Matthew 22: 34 – 38
The Old Testament, as we have it, contains 39 books, divided into 929 chapters and 23,145 verses. It opens with the mythic telling of the origins of the world and then follows thousands of years of history with tales of Kings and Pharaohs, Prophets and Priests, Shepherds and Servants. It contains poems, histories, legal codes, wisdom sayings and much more. It is a vast sweeping book, the work of hundreds of years of tradition.
And yet all the, the whole of the law, all boils down to this command: “Love the Lord your God”. The world is complicated, so it makes sense that our faith can get complicated, but at the heart of it is something incredibly simple. God loves us, and we should love God back. Underpinning everything else is this.
Prayer: Living God, may I love you with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength.
Action: Where do you experience love for God?