Lessons Learned: Questioning Jesus

This is the first in our summer sermon series, Lessons Learned. The Pharisees prided themselves on meticulous observance of the Law, but the Pharisees had lost sight of the very heart of the matter–loving God.  Without love for God, the external observance of the commandments becomes an empty form. Listen to hear more.

Matthew 22:33-45

33 When the crowds heard him, they were astounded at his teaching.

The Most Important Commandment

34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. 35 One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Whose Son Is the Messiah?

41 Then, surrounded by the Pharisees, Jesus asked them a question:42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?”

They replied, “He is the son of David.”

43 Jesus responded, “Then why does David, speaking under the inspiration of the Spirit, call the Messiah ‘my Lord’? For David said,

44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit in the place of honor at my right hand
    until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.’[c]

45 Since David called the Messiah ‘my Lord,’ how can the Messiah be his son?”

Lessons Learned: Questioning Jesus

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