The Greatest Commandment by Dr. Ed Young

439 (Transcribed from actual tape) March 10, 1985 - AM


Matthew 22:27-40

Let's go to the Lord in prayer together. "Our Father and our God, we thank

You for the joy and the privilege of worship. We come here not casually.

We trust we come here without preparation. Give to us a hunger for Thy pre-

cepts. Give to us a desire for Your best in our living. Father, I pray

that You will speak now, and let me get out of the way so that Thy Word and

Thy message alone might be heard, received, understood and implied into our

lifestyles. Father, we pray that we'll never be the same because You have

tabernacled among us in this place of excitement, this place of inspiration,

this place of commitment. For we make this prayer in the strong, holy name

of Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Lord. Amen."

Moses received the Ten Commandments from God on Mount Sinai. Most of us

in studying stop right at this point. We forget that scholarly rabbis have

read the rest of the book of Exodus and have looked at other precepts God

gave to Moses on Sinai and discovered He did not just give him ten, but He

gave him six hundred and thirteen principles, precepts, laws - some would

say commandments - on that holy mountain. Can you imagine it? Six hundred

and thirteen!

Now, David,in Psalm 15, took six hundred and thirteen rules and narrowed

them down to eleven rules. Isaiah took those eleven rules in the thirty-

third chapter, and he narrowed them down to six rules. Micah took those


six rules and he narrowed them down to three rules. And Habakkuk took

three rules and said, "I'm going to summarize all of the law," and he came

up with this phrase, "The just shall live by faith."

Now to understand the great commandment, we have to understand the clim ...

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