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Summary: Encouraging the congregation to love God and love others.

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INTRO

 Recap the last few weeks. The Pharisees and Sadducees tried to trap Jesus with their questions -- only to their folly.

 Pharisees with regard to taxes

 Sadducees with regard to Marriage and Resurrection. Jesus rebukes them for not knowing the scriptures.

 This week, we’re going to continue looking at the day when the Pharisees and Sadducees did all they could to find a fault in Jesus teaching.

 Turn to Matthew 22:34–40. This can be found on pp. 1535 of the pew Bible. READ MATTHEW 22:34–40.

LOVE GOD

 With all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind —

 Jesus was quoting from the Torah, specifically Deuteronomy 6:5. Let’s turn to Deut 6.

 READ Deuteronomy 6:1–9

 Here, God, speaking through Moses was saying that we’re to love God with all our heart, soul and mind by living according to the ten basic laws God had given -- the Ten Commandments:

 God wants us to love him because he has freed us from slavery, therefore

 First 4 Commandments: READ

 God’s words says we’re to honor and pay tribute to him and him only; we are to put nothing in our life before him — including our family, friends, jobs, material possessions, etc.

 God says we’re to honor him and love him by not worshipping anything other than him

 The Bible says to love God by not misusing his name

 We are to honor and love God by taking time out each week and worshipping him — keeping the Sabbath as the scripture says — versus going to the mall instead of church, or staying home and watching the ballgame, moving our lawns, bike riding, skiing, etc, etc. etc.

 This morning, you and I — we’re honoring the Sabbath by being here and worshipping as a community. But there’s lots of people across our nation, even within our own church family, who probably aren’t loving God in this way today, as maybe they should.

 And lastly, God wants us to love him by loving on our neighbors.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER

 Jesus said to the Pharisees that we’re also to Love your neighbor as yourself? We hear that a lot, but what’s that mean…what’s that look like today

 Let’s flip back to Deuteronomy 6:1–9.

 Talk about last 6 commandments

 “Honor your father and your mother

 You shall not murder

 “You shall not commit adultery. Yet, Jesus said, ““You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart

 “You shall not steal.

 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”


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