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Love God with all Your Heart, Soul, Mind & Strength

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Sermon shared by Matthew Kratz

October 2007
Summary: Idolatry is preferring something above God. God doesnít just want to be added to your list of preferences and activities. He demands that He is your love, your greatest desire, the one who occupies your thoughts and the one you seek to please above all.
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Audience: General adults
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or other abnormality, but it canít provide the solution

The law is also like a flashlight. If suddenly at night the lights go out, you use it to guide you down the darkened basement stairs to the electrical box. If you had old wiring, when you point it toward the fuses, it helps you see the one that is burned out. But after youíve removed the bad fuse, you donít try to insert the flashlight in its place. You put in a new fuse to restore the electricity.

In his third image, Brown likened the law to a plumbline. When a builder wants to check his work, he uses a weighted string to see if itís true to the vertical. But if he finds that he has made a mistake, he doesnít use the plumbline to correct it. He gets out his hammer and saw. The law points out the problem of sin; it doesnít provide a solution.

In understanding how to Love God with all our Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength we see: 1) THE APPROACH OF THE PHARISEES Matthew 22:34-35

2) THE QUESTION BY THE LAWYER Matthew 22:36
Matthew 22:36 [36]"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" (ESV)

In his addressing Jesus as Teacher, the lawyer was probably not being scornful, as the previous questioners had been (see vv. 16, 24). He seems to have had at least some respect for Jesus and may have felt somewhat guilty at being used to ensnare Him.

Please turn to Matthew 5

In asking, ďWhich is the great commandment in the Law?Ē the lawyer was asking what was the greatest commandment of Moses.

Although the scribes and Pharisees considered the whole Old Testament to be authoritative, and not just the five books of Moses as did the Sadducees, the Scribes and Pharisees nevertheless considered Moses to be the supreme human figure in Scripture.

The scribes and Pharisees were said to sit in Mosesí seat (Matt. 23:2) because that represented the ultimate authority in Judaism.

From the beginning of His ministry, Jesus assured His hearers that:
Matthew 5:17-18 [17]"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. [18]For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota/jot/the smallest letter, not a dot/tittle, stroke of a pen, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. (ESV)

He made clear that, although He was the Messiah and Godís own Son, He was not preaching and teaching anything that obviated the law of Moses or any other part of Scripture.

But because Jesusí teaching of Scripture was so utterly contrary to theirs, which for centuries had been encrusted by thousands of humanly-devised rabbinical interpretations, the Pharisees were convinced that Jesus must be teaching a message He considered to be greater than that of Moses.

Over the years, the rabbis had supposedly determined that, just as there were 613 separate letters in the Hebrew text of the Decalogue, or Ten Commandments, in the book of Numbers, there were also 613 separate laws in the Pentateuch,
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