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Read Matthew 22:34-46


Read Matthew 22:34-46

34 When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they came together, 35and one of them, a teacher of the Law, tried to trap him with a question. 36“Teacher,” he asked, “which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the greatest and the most important commandment. 39The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ 40The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
41 When some Pharisees gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42“What do you think about the Messiah? Whose descendant is he?”
“He is David’s descendant,” they answered.
43 “Why, then,” Jesus asked, “did the Spirit inspire David to call him ‘Lord’? David said,
44   ‘The Lord said to my Lord:
Sit here on my right
until I put your enemies under your feet.’
45If, then, David called him ‘Lord’, how can the Messiah be David’s descendant?”
46 No one was able to give Jesus any answer, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Think

Jesus answers the question of the Pharisees wisely - emphasising the second commandment (loving neighbours).  Then Jesus asks them a question about who they think the Messiah is; their answer indicates belief in an earthly King; Jesus quotes scripture that confirms that the Messiah is more than just an earthly King (Psalm 110:1).

Pray

You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, more than just an earthly King you are seated at the right hand of the Father.
Thank you for showing me how to love God and love people.


35 22.35–40: Lk 10:25–28
36 22.35–40: Lk 10:25–28
37  22.37: Dt 6:5
22.35–40: Lk 10:25–28
38 22.37: Dt 6:5
22.35–40: Lk 10:25–28
39 22.39: Lv 19:18
22.37: Dt 6:5
22.35–40: Lk 10:25–28
40 22.39: Lv 19:18
22.37: Dt 6:5
22.35–40: Lk 10:25–28
44 22.44: Ps 110:1

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