The academics, “religious scholars”, i.e. Sadducees and Pharisees, were grilling Jesus, trying to trip him up with a trick question.
â€œWhich is most important of all the commandments?â€Â
His answer was disarmingly simple and common sense for a good Jewish boy.Â
Remember the daily affirmation of Jewish culture, The Shema.Â
Keep the main thing the main thing.
Love God, treat people right.
That’s the most important commandment.
Make it your highest value and number one priority.
The Greatest Commandment
28Â One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, â€œOf all the commandments, which is the most important?â€
29Â â€œThe most important one,â€ answered Jesus, â€œis this: â€˜Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.30Â Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.â€™31Â The second is this: â€˜Love your neighbor as yourself.â€™Â Â There is no commandment greater than these.â€ Â Mark 12: 28-31 (NIV)