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   [An early morning devotional thought]

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   So many times Jesus taught lessons by parables–or stories.

   The point of doing it this way seems be: Go figure out for yourself how this applies to you–and how you should behave.

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In Matthew 22:23-40, however, He answers questions specifically, so you listeners and readers, take notes!

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   In the first part of this passage Jesus points out that there’s no marriage in Heaven. The possibility of being surrounded by several mates nearby in dealt with. Oddly, perhaps, the Old Testament says nothing about this. No longer is this a mystery.

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   Of all the commandments the Bible offers, which is the greatest one? asks a teacher. Certainly a reasonable question for a truth seeker to ask.¹

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   To this question, Jesus gives a powerful answer…after which He delivers more than is asked for!

   “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.² This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it. “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

Mt. 22:37-40

   And so Jesus identifies the two great pillars on which rest the expectations God has for the creatures that are created in His image. Copy this down in your notes, memorize it, and practice this in all that you do for the rest of your life.

   No story here to figure out first.

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   ¹Even though the context of these words reveals that the Pharisee who asked this was trying to trick Jesus into saying something He shouldn’t.

   ² The CAPITALS are original to the NASB version of the Bible used here. We added the Boldface.