Matthew Lesson 23 Day 3

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Matthew Lesson 23 Day 3

Matthew 22:34–40

7. a. The greatest commandments

Jesus said the most important commandment is,

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Jesus quotes the Jewish Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-5) which all Jews repeated twice daily.

“This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:”

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Don’t be self-focused. Focus on our Lord and Master and on others.

The Pharisees created countless, detailed rules to explain the boundaries of each little command in the Law. Jesus teaches that sin begins in our hearts.

b. Loving the Lord

The word translated as love in Strongs—Agapao means “to take pleasure in, long for; denotes the love of reason, esteem.”

The Septuagint reads “mind, soul, strength.” The Aramaic reads “heart, soul, might, and mind.”

If we love God, we will desire to have His heart, be like Him, and try to please Him. Lean back against Him the way John did. He is our best example.

c. Love others

Loving our neighbor [those we live in community with] as you love yourself is taking care of and having concern for the interests of others.

Be—

compassionate.
merciful.
generous.
caring.
slow to anger.
quick to forgive.
loving.
encouraging.
aware of others’ needs, desires, and concerns.

Don’t—

  • jump to conclusions.
  • judge.
  • take advantage of others.
  • ignore their needs.
  • gossip or slander others.
  • covet or steal things from others.
  • covet or go after someone’s spouse.

8. Heart changes

Deuteronomy 6:1–12

The things the world thinks are most important are focused on self.

  • Popularity
  • Career
  • Education
  • Money
  • A significant other who will fulfill his or her needs
  • Nice place to live
  • Good looks
  • Wardrobe
  • Happiness
  • Health

Don’t conform to the world’s way of thinking and acting.

Love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength.

Practical things I can do to keep the greatest commandment:

Repent immediately when I realize I’ve said or done something that grieved Him.
Return to my first love when the Holy Spirit convicts me of cooling off.
Spend more private time in worship and prayer.
Pray without ceasing to stay in constant communion with Him.

Deuteronomy 7:6–11—

God chose us out of all the people on the face of the earth.
He is devoted to us.
Our heavenly Father is faithful.
He rescues and redeems us.
God keeps His promises.
For those of us who love Him, His loving-kindness continues with our children and many generations that follow.


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2 AWM Living Commentary used by written permission.
3 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations from *The ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
4 Strong’s Concordance, public domain.
5 *Spirit Filled Life Bible®copyright © 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. (The Holy Bible, New King James Bible) copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
6 Ellicott’s Commentary, public domain.
7 Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, public domain.
8 The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.

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