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 replied: “’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.’ All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:34-40Jesus tells us the Law can be fulfilled in the two commandments he provided, which suggests that if we follow those two, we can fulfill all the others. Is that really true? The 10 Commandments brought down to the people by Moses are perhaps the most famous commandments from the Bible, and they are important enough that many believe them to be the inspiration for our current legal system. The 10 Commandments as listed in Exodus 20:2-17 are paraphrased below:
- You shall have no other gods before God.
- You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below for the purpose of worship.
- You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
- Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy meaning you can work on six days of every week, but one should be kept for rest just as God did.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not give false testimony against your fellow people.
- You shall not covet that which belongs to your fellow people.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.