Theme: SPIRITUAL KEYS TO HAPPINESS
Text: “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:29-31.
Comment: The Jews were God’s convenant people. They were founded to be an example of right conduct among the nations. It was through the natural Jews that spiritual light and salvation came to mankind. (Exodus 19:4-6; Amos 3:2; John 4:20-24) Our Lord Jesus Christ explained in the text for today that the basic laws of God are to love God Almighty with sincerity and to love our neighbours as ourselves. For many years people in different parts of the world did not know the true God, but “walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience”. (Ephesians 2:2) Our Lord Jesus Christ came to free people from spiritual prison and to make them know of the clear divide between God and the devil, so that they would have peace. As some writers have said “he planted the roots of universal monotheism by extending to all nations the moral jurisdiction of God Almighty”. Serving God exclusively means worshipping Him without compromise and serving Him diligently and willingly. One cannot serve God and the devil at the same time. “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. – Matthew 6:24.