March 11, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 20



Monte Holland

This is the twentieth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

 To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 19

Today’s photographs feature Egliese Saint Pierre et Saint Paul (Saints Peter and Paul Church) in Lewiston, Maine. A proud symbol of the faith of the French Canadian settlers in Lewiston that has become not only a city landmark, but also a National Landmark since July 14, 1983. To view click on:


     In the preceding devotionals we have seen that the Law as recorded in the Ten Commandments is basic to the Godly, moral life. They tell us how to relate to God and how to relate to others. We looked in a little detail at each of the Ten Commandments, one by one.

     This Lenten series will now examine the Jewish leaders, who confronted Jesus because they were jealous of how well he got along with the common people. These leaders attempt to trip up Jesus when he speaks about the Godly life. More than anybody in history, Jesus was fully aware of God’s expectations of humanity.

     We will look at three passages that relate to living the Godly, moral life—two are statements from Jesus and the third from the Apostle Paul. Our goal in the following devotions is to familiarize ourselves with the Great Commandment, the Golden Rule, and the Love Chapter.

Today we examine The Great Commandment (Matthew 22:34-40)

34After Jesus had made the Sadducees look foolish, the Pharisees heard about it and got together.

35One of them was an expert in the Jewish Law. So he tried to test Jesus by asking, 36“Teacher, what is the most important commandment in the Law?”

    37Jesus answered:

   Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. 38This is the first and most important commandment. 39The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, “Love others as much as you love yourself.” 40All the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophetsare based on these two commandments.

Read in Luke:

 25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. Luke10:25-28

Read in Mark:

 28One of the teachers of the Law of Moses came up while Jesus and the Sadducees were arguing. When he heard Jesus give a good answer, he asked him, “What is the most important commandment?”

    29Jesus answered, “The most important one says: `People of Israel, you have only one Lord and God. 30You must love him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.’ 31The second most important commandment says: `Love others as much as you love yourself.’ No other commandment is more important than these.” Mark 12:28-31

     Jesus stated two basic teachings—to love God and to love your neighbor as self—which were not new to the people of Israel. We can find them in the Old Testament. The Jewish teachers who were challenging Jesus must have known them. Jesus brought these two statements together and established them as the greatest demand on anyone who would serve God. In a capsule they put together the more detailed teachings of the Ten Commandments.



Exercise 1: Memorize the Great Commandment.

Love ______ with _________, _________, _______, and ________.

Love ___________________ as you love ______________. (Notice that the version in Matthew leaves out one of the four words, but Mark and Luke include that word.)

Exercise 2: Summarize the first four of the Ten Commandments.

Commandment One: _____________ only ________ and no other.

Commandment Two: Make no __________ to replace God.

Commandment Three: Do not misuse the ________ of ________.

Commandment Four: Remember the __________ and keep it _____.

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1 Comment »

  1. In WPAUMC E-NEWS—March 10:

    Lenten Devotionals on Ligonier Blog: Retired elder Monte Holland and his wife Carolyn are posting attractive daily Lenten devotionals on a popular Ligonier community blog.

    Comment by carolyncholland — March 11, 2010 @ 12:15 pm | Reply

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