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Matthew 22:36 Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?
In this way, I don’t think I’m too far from the Pharisees who got together and tried their hardest to stump Jesus by asking him to pick and choose the greatest commandment. After all, they knew scripture, frontward and backward; they knew the ways and words of the One who loves Israel.
So, I can’t help but wonder if the question they asked Jesus wasn’t just rooted in trying to catch him in the act of giving an incorrect answer but actually included some tiny semblance of wanting to please God. After all, the Pharisees were the best of the best—the most devout and committed and learned in the ways of God, the biggest overachievers in the whole temple.
When I think about it that way, I’m a lot like them after all.
MOVING FORWARD: Dear God, help me not to be tripped up by the questions as much as by the answers you give. Amen.