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Posted on 27 February, 2018 by Admin

Of the Ten Commandements why is this the greatest?

"And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might." (Deuteronomy 6:5)

These words were spoken by Moses when he was passing on the Lord's Ten Commandments to Israel. They were to observe these Commandments in the land which they were waiting to cross over and possess.

Jesus has upheld this commandment as the greatest.

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:28-31).

Of the Ten Commandements why is this the greatest? Because knowing the Creator, and once you know Him, worshipping Him, are the things which man can do in his life which will be of any importance. The rest of the things done by him are of lesser importance or of no importance at all. Knowing the Creator is not the same as knowing another person. Knowing God means understanding His glory, His works and His love. For that you have to start "In the beginning..." That's why reading the Bible is the most important step you can take in obeying this Most Important Commandment.

Now let's examine this Commandment more closely.

"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.

The Commandment is asking us to love the Lord with all our heart.

It means that in our heart, which stores all the things that we know of that we love, nothing should stand above our love for God. We should understand that nothing in this world is more important than God. In your life you will not love anybody (or anything) else - not your parents, not your brothers or sisters, not your life partner or your childern, not your friends, not your teachers, not your colleagues, not your profession, not your idols, not your skills, not your gadgets... nothing - more than you love God.

And ... with all our soul...

Soul is that part of man which seeks the higher things, the things we cannot see or touch. Flesh is that part which seeks just the opposite. So, if you are seeking God, it is your soul which is leading you and not your flesh. So soul is what you are as opposed to flesh. When people get Spirit annointing the soul in them takes over. As I said, your soul is that part of you which seeks the higher things. This Commandment is explicitly telling us that our soul should seek only for the Highest. When our soul seeks God it will find several things which seems higher and which seem like God. But with all our soul we should seek the one God alone.

... with all our strength...

Man's strength comes from two things. Flesh and will. Both these strengths, though man thinks or feels that they are his own, are ultimately given to him by God. It often happens that man's sinful nature takes him away from the right path. The right path is one which is leading to God. When these diversions happen, man should use all his strength and will power to love God. Yes, often we have to put up an effort and use our will power to love God. We have to struggle for our faith. During those difficult times we should pray to God to give us this will power.

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