THE GREAT COMMANDMENT: Mark 12:28-34

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SCRIPTURE

Mark 12:28-34 28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him.33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. 
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2016 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

DISCUSSION

1. Study through Mark 12:28-34 together. What stands out to you and why?

2. What seems to be the motive behind the Scribes question in verse 28?

3. Which Old Testament passage does Jesus quote in verses 29-30? What exactly does this command require of us; how would you paraphrase it? 

4. Which Old Testament passage does Jesus quote in verse 31? What exactly does this command require of us; what does it mean to love someone as yourself? 

5. Why do you think Jesus says, “You are not far from the kingdom of God” to the Scribe in verse 34?

6. What should the Law do to those who would seek to earn their salvation? What does the reaction of the crowd at the end of verse 34 tell us about how they responded to Jesus’ answer? 

7. How can we expect to stand righteous before God considering we have all failed to obey His Law? How does 2 Corinthians 5:21 help us see the answer?

To see the Law by Christ fulfilled,
to hear His pardoning voice
transforms a slave into a child
and duty into choice.

 

Then all my servile works were done,
A righteousness to raise.
Now, freely chosen in the Son,
I freely choose His ways.
William Cowper, Love Constraining to Obedience 

8. If we are in Christ, how should we view the Law differently than before we were saved? How does Cowper’s hymn help illustrate the Christian’s relationship to the Law?

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