Songs & Scripture: “Love the Lord” (Lincoln Brewster)

What is the greatest commandment in the Bible? How would you sum it all up? Old and New Testament, what does God require of us? Go!

Fortunately, Jesus answered this question for us, thanks to a slippery lawyer and a genuinely curious scribe:

And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:35-40, ESV)

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall 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:‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. (Mark 12:28-34, ESV)

I love that both were recorded for our sake– both the man who wanted to trick Jesus and the man who really wanted to know from the Son of God what exactly God thought. But where is he getting this? Did Jesus pluck this out of the air? No; and every Jew would

The Nash Papyrus, containing the 10 Commandments & beginning of the Shema prayer. Discovered in 1902, it is estimated to date to 100-150 B.C.

have known exactly where he got this, as it was a part of the Shema, a prayer said at least twice a day by devout Jews to this day:

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5, ESV)

Interestingly, Jesus added one thing: did you catch it? Jesus added on the word “mind” from the original Deuteronomy text.  Upping the ante, as usual.

By the way, Jesus saying “love your neighbor as yourself” wasn’t just a summary of many commandments alone, either:

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:18, ESV)

This song for today’s Songs & Scripture post, “Love the Lord” by Lincoln Brewster is basically a repetition of the Greatest Commandment, and therefore does not need my usual breakdown of verses and cross references, hence why I’ve included them all on the page.

Love the Lord your God
With all your heart
With all your soul
With all your mind
And with all your strength

With all your heart
With all your soul
With all your mind
And with all your strength

I will serve the Lord
With all my heart
With all my soul
With all my mind
And with all my strength

With all my heart
With all my soul
With all my mind
And with all my strength

I will love You Lord
With all my heart
With all my soul
With all my mind
And with all my strength

I will love You
And I will serve You
And I will praise You
For all my days yeah
And I will love You
I will love You
Yes, I will love You

Of course, we could never love God enough. Even without our other sins piling up, we can never love Him how He deserves and requires. Thanks be to God that He loved us first!:

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10, ESV)

We are all in need of Jesus’ blood as payment for our debt, and He provided that and His Holy Spirit to enable us to love Him the way this commandment talks about:

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. (John 14:15-17, ESV)

And that, my friends, is the good news.

With love,

Lauren

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