A New Commandment…

According to Matthew and Luke Jesus is asked what is the greatest commandment and he replies

‘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.’

There is, however, a context we must be reminded of which brings a greater commandment than these that we have become distanced from acknowledging.

The Ten Commandments begin with a statement which was still seen to be true to the people surrounding Jesus:
“I am the Lord your God”

This is the first commandment. It is about relationship- it is about interaction- it is about allowing God into our lives.

“I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt and out of slavery”

The first commandment can be summed up in four words… it’s not really new, merely forgotten and it is God saying:

let me love you.

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