DEVOTION – DAY 5
Mark 12:28–34 and 38-40
“Hurry, hurry,” the children called to their friends. “Jesus is coming to tell us true stories about God.” After Jesus chased the moneychangers out of the temple He sat down with the people. When they listened to Jesus, they knew He was teaching them the very Word of God.
The religious leaders’ teaching was different. They added rules to God’s commandments. God gave us commandments for us to know Him. God gave commandments for us to know what He requires of us. Was it right for the religious leaders to add more rules to God’s commandments? The people wondered which rules were the most important to obey so they listened closely to Jesus’ answer.
They may have thought, “I can do that, I can love God and I can love my neighbor.” However, when Jesus said we are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength they realized that was not possible. Even when they tried hard to think about God and love Him all day, they could not. They could work to help their neighbor, but there were times when unkind thoughts about that person filled their minds. No one can always keep God’s commands without ever disobeying. Will God forgive us? God in His great mercy planned for Jesus to take the punishment we deserve. God will give us a new heart so we want to obey Him. God will give us His Spirit so we have the power to say “no” to sin.
God’s commandments tell us about His love and requirements.
- What did Jesus say is the most important commandment?
- Have you tried to keep God’s commandments? What happened?
- What do you learn about God from His commandments?
Acts 2: 22-24
Discuss v.23 “you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men”