Mark 12:28-34 – The Greatest Commandment

Kids and Youth

  • How can we love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength?

Another teacher of the law posed this question to Jesus after he saw how well Jesus answered the question we covered on day 2. To the ancient Jew the heart, mind and soul encompass everything that means to be human. In other words, you are to love God with everything you are! Jesus quotes Duet 6:4-5 for the first commandment and Lev 19:18 for the second commandment.

  • Who is the neighbor Christ is talking about?

Jesus quotes Leviticus 19:18 to say we should love our neighbors. Jesus is asked who the neighbor is by a lawyer of the law in Luke 10:25-37 and Jesus answers him with the parable of the Good Samaritan. Feel free to move over to the parable and read it together. In short, our neighbors are anyone we come in contact with regardless of faith, race, social status, etc…