October 25, 2020

True Greatness

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Passage: Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Matthew 22:34-46
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Moses is shown the promised land, but not allowed to enter.  He dies while talking with God, and God buries him, so no one knows where his grave is, and therefore there can be no pilgrimages to Moses burial place.  Moses is considered the greatest of the prophets, but is not to be worshiped, only God.  This is reflected in the question Jesus answers about the greatest commandment.  We are first to love God above all else, but Jesus appends a second commandment that is says is identical:  loving our neighbor as ourselves.  To stop the numerous questions asked by the Pharisees to try and entrap him in some way, Jesus then asks them a technical question about the Messiah that they cannot answer.  This serves to stress the importance of His last answer.

Confession

Lord Jesus, we freely confess that You are the Messiah, the son of the Living God.  Yet too often we try to clog up our relationship with irrelevant questions.  We move on to the trivial instead of remembering Your greatest commandments.  We would rather think about the trivial than live in obedience.  Forgive us, and teach us to live for what is important to You.