Summary: Jesus answers the question about the greatest commandment, then asks the question, "What is the Christ’s lineage?"

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Love and Pedigree

Matt 22:34-46

One New Year’s Day, in the Tournament of Roses parade, a beautiful float suddenly sputtered and quit. It was out of gas. The whole parade was held up until someone could get a can of gas. The amusing thing was this float represented the Standard Oil Company. With its vast oil resources, its truck was out of gas.

Often, Christians neglect their spiritual maintenance, and though they are "clothed with power" (Luke 24:49) find themselves out of gas. (1)

In a seminary missions class, Herbert Jackson told how, as a new missionary, he was assigned a car that would not start without a push. After pondering his problem, he devised a plan. He went to the school near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and had them push his car off. As he made his rounds, he would either park on a hill or leave the engine running. He used this ingenious procedure for two years.

Ill health forced the Jackson family to leave, and a new missionary came to that station. When Jackson proudly began to explain his arrangement for getting the car started, the new man began looking under the hood. Before the explanation was complete, the new missionary interrupted, "Why, Dr. Jackson, I believe the only trouble is this loose cable." He gave the cable a twist, stepped into the car, pushed the switch, and to Jackson’s astonishment, the engine roared to life. For two years needless trouble had become routine. The power was there all the time. Only a loose connection kept Jackson from putting that power to work. (2)

Jesus quoted Moses in the Old Testament.

Deut 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Deut 10:12, 11:1, 11:22, 13:3, 19:9, 30:6, 30:16, 30:20 all have the same theme.

A small rabbit – when I was young I was always self confident is reciting this verse. I could never remember whether the last word was “mind” or “might”. Good reason – Matt 22:37 it is mind and Deut 6:5 it is might.

Hang all the law.

If you have the heart, soul and mind love for God, you :

1. Will have no other gods before you.

2. Will not make any graven image.

3. Will not take the name of the Lord in vain.

4. Will remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

If you love your neighbor as you love yourself, you:

1. Will honor your father and mother.

2. Will not kill.

3. Will not commit adultery.

4. Will not steal.

5. Will not bear false witness against your neighbor.

6. Will not covet your neighbor’s possessions.

What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he?

In the dog, horse or cow world, a lot of emphasis is place on bloodline or pedigree. That is another way of saying. “What were the traits of your ancestors?” I remember Norman Bass, my father-in-law, and I raised a fox trotting colt called Zane Gray’s Smoky Sam. We named him that because we wanted him to be identified with his World Champion fox trotter ancestor Zane Gray.

Shelley raises Cairn Terriers from her pet "Beagle" Penny. Penny is not really a Beagle, but rather an AKC register Cairn Terrier. Penny looks just like Toto in the Wizard of Oz, except she is blond. One family, who came to buy, was encouraged by their veterinarian to see the daddy dog before buying a puppy. We take them to see Jody, they liked what they saw and bought a puppy.

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