We always read the scripture of the Greatest Commandment and just focus on the words of Jesus, but we tend not to focus on why Jesus needed to proclaim what qualifies the greatest of all the Commandments. Matthew 22:34-36 says, ‘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 needed to declare that the first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind because the Pharisee questioned the relevance of God’s commands.
God doesn’t issue unnecessary commands. His edicts are all applicable as well as worthy of our attention and obedience. Everything written in the Bible is necessary, because if it weren’t important, then God wouldn’t have said it. If He spoke it into the written Word, then it should be taken seriously.
On the contrary, if it’s not in the Bible then it’s probably unimportant. God wouldn’t declare statues and concepts that weren’t valuable to Him. It would be a waste of His breath and certainly ours! The Bible is a significant book full of useful information. It’s not easy to soak it all in, but if God knew we couldn’t handle that much information, He wouldn’t have made His instructions so vast. He desires for us to seek out His truth. God wants us to live a life pursuing what is beneficial for us.
It’s important to look at what the Bible says as well as what it means. The meaning will grow and develop as our faith strengthens and matures. But, the words have stayed the same throughout the ages. It’s helpful to find a translation that speaks to you, but it’s also healthy to look to a variety of translations to fully grasp God’s elaborate proclamations. As your faith increases, look into the original text of scripture. Seek out the meaning of the Greek or Hebrew word that led to the translation you read.
God must have been particular on what He wanted us to know about Him, His world, His people, His past, His character, etc. Therefore, we don’t need to question the material of the Bible. However, we do get to study His word, seek how it applies to our lives, follow its direction, obey its guidance and grow from what we learn. We can also expect to be challenged, inspired, awed and amazed by God’s wonderful and glorious Word.
The Word is valuable and important – all of it, from beginning to end! Don’t overlook or brush through parts that don’t seem to connect to your life. Instead, search for the value that God desires for you to find.
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