Matthew 22:34-40

“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.””

  • The Pharisees thought Jesus would pick one of the commandments, and by doing that He would put less value on the others. Jesus, however, gave us the recipe for living the ultimate Christian life, with His answer. If we love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind, and we love our neighbor as ourselves, we will be fulfilling all the Law and the Prophets. Legalism is not what God desires, but a transformed heart, soul, and mind, is. When we are clean on the inside, Christ will be seen on the outside. All of God’s laws are based on love, and can only be successfully obeyed through love. Our attempt to seek righteousness and eternity is in vain without love for God and others.
  • It is impossible to be offended if we obey these two passages of scripture. Think about the fact that Jesus was spit on, mocked, hit, whipped, and crucified, and His only response was, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. Our desire must be to walk like Jesus did, if we want true peace in our hearts. Godliness is exhibited when the way others treat us does not affect our love for them.
  • If Jesus wrapped up everything with the commandments of loving God and loving others, where should the love of God, and the love of others, be in your list of priorities?
  • Are you working to grow your love for others, or are you trying to justify your lack of love for them?

Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

Genesis 26:27-28

“Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?” They answered, “We saw clearly that the Lord was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you” Your relationship with God should be so strong that it cannot be hidden. What do people clearly see about your relationship with God?

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Genesis 26:2-5

“And the Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father. I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”” Will your kids be blessed because of the relationship you have with God?

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Genesis 25:29-33

“Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew. I’m famished.” That is why he was also called Edom. Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.” Temporary positives often bring long term negatives. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

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Genesis 25:21

“And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.” Dear Lord, please forgive us when we neglect to pray for our spouses. From deep in our hearts, may we intercede, lifting our spouses up before You, so that You may be glorified by our families. Amen

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Genesis 22:11-12

“But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham. Abraham. ”Here I am,” he replied. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”” The Creator, and God of the Universe, the One who loved you and sent his Son to die for your sins, wants nothing in your life to take priority over Him. Your children, spouse, job, or anything else, should never be a higher priority than God himself in your life. What you have, God has provided, and what you refuse to offer back, has become your idol. Who or what is your priority? Do you need to adjust your priorities? How do you show God that you fear Him and follow Him? What has God asked you to give, or to give up, that you have yet to submit to Him? Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

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Genesis 22:7-8

“Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”, “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.” God himself did provide the lamb, not just for Abraham and Isaac, but for the whole world. Without the Lamb, there is no hope for any of us. Jesus was, and is, that Lamb. This is what Christmas is about. Jesus Christ cannot be bought and given to someone, but He is available to everyone. This Christmas, share the only Gift that will last forever. He conquered death in his resurrection, and offers that victory to all who believe in Him. Share the Gift that can never be taken, or destroyed, this year with someone you really love and care about. The greatest Gift ever, is available to all.

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