The utter ruin coming upon the Jewish church and nation, is here represented. A second likewise is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself'”, “What is written in the law? The perfect love of God is yours. © 2020 We no longer have to love; we get to love. He covers the first four by saying, "'You shall love the L ORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' The parable of the marriage feast. When we use the word love like that we are expressing our affection and have warm feelings for whatever it is that we are loving. (34-40) Jesus questions the Pharisees. Scripture quotations from the World English Bible. In all honesty, it doesn’t take much imagination to realise that this kind of love has been in short supply in our lives. That’s where many marriages go wrong. And now the Pharisees test Jesus again to try and find out where he stands in regard to the traditional faith, the faith of the fathers. Matthew 22:36-40. Because of our tradition we have kept our balance for years … Because of our tradition everyone knows who he is and what God expects of him…. A SUBSCRIBER SAYS: “Just a few words of commendation and appreciation. That’s coming close to the biblical idea of love. For most certainly, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the law, until all things are accomplished” (Matthew 5:17-18). A violin begins a haunting tune and the shadow of a fiddler, violin tucked under his chin, is seen playing and dancing gaily on the roof. And in his reply, we find that Jesus had a great respect for tradition. (23-33) The substance of the commandments. What they said of Christ was right; whether they knew it or not, blessed be God we know it. He goes to the very heart of the Jewish faith and quotes passages of the Old Testament. “A fiddler on the roof? The Pharisees could not answer it. Matthew 22:34-40 Loving God and One Another. We don’t love in order to get to heaven; we love because heaven is already ours in Christ. Love – commitment – is a deliberate action of the will. “A second likewise is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself'” (v. 39), Jesus continued. But this doctrine was kept for a more full revelation, after the resurrection of Christ, who was the first-fruits of them that slept. The Jews had been out to trap Jesus. Some years ago the school where our children were attending … It is true that this kind of love comes from God, but putting it into practice is something we have to work on. Click here for more information. He went on, “The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments” (v. 40). God uses it to describe his essential nature. When the warm feelings fade so does their marriage. Hymn Lists. There is nothing new in Jesus’ answer. When you fail, remember Jesus loves you, and let his love shine through you into the lives of the people around you. His love welcomed each of us into God’s family, forgiving our sin in the water of our Baptism. He quotes Psalm 110:1. The provision made for perishing souls in the gospel, is represented by a royal feast made by a king, with eastern liberality, on the marriage of his son. In Jewish writings long before Jesus’ time, these two commandments summarised the whole of the law. Tradition! In fact, we can’t make any sense out of Jesus’ radical command to love our enemies unless we first recognise the love that God has for us and loves us in such a radical way even though we are his enemies because of sin. Check out these helpful resources