Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim. 2:15

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By Dr. James Modlish
(These outlines are in rough draft format)

Outline Fourteen

The First Commandment
(Mark 12:28-34)



The last of the "Big Four" shows up. Jesus has shut the Herodians up on the Tribute Question. The Sadducees on the Resurrection Question, and the Pharisees on the Baptism Question. This scribe, according to Matthew is a lawyer and seems to have a double motive. He is not only "sicked on" Jesus, but has some semblance of honesty for we read "having heard… and perceiving that he has answered them well."

This man, with an ear for legal logic, is not altogether a hypocrite. Secretly he admires any man who can stand trial and answer the Jesus like Jesus has been doing.

But still Matthew adds he was "tempting him" which has a double motive - he wants to test his mettle.


I. The Order of Commandments

Human propensity is to reverse the order!


[1]. I've never murdered anyone rather than I've never cursed God's name.

[2]. I try to treat everyone fairly rather than I've always obeyed God's word.

We are more interested in the second commandment:

A. Because we are also a neighbor.

B. Those who we love are neighbors of someone.

C. Treating neighbors right help the neighborhood which helps us.

  1. It is very difficult to see where selfishness ends and obedience begins in this one.


II. Lets Examine What Kind of a Heart, Soul, and Mind Love God First

A. Heart - Center of affections (Col. 3:2)

[1]. Singleness of heart - (Co. 3:22-23)

[2]. An obedient heart (Rom. 6:17)

[3]. A true heart (Heb. 10:21-23)

B. Soul - which is the real you

[1]. Essence of life (Gen. 2:7; 35:18)
[2]. Eternal - "lose his own soul" (Matt. 16:26)
[3]. A Saved Soul may seek God -
    (a). Conversion - (Psa. 14:7)
    (b). Restored - (Psa 23:3)
    (c). Redeemed - (Psa 49:15)

[4]. A Thirsty Soul (Psa 63:1)
[5]. A Praising Soul (Psa. 146:1)

C. Mind -

[1]. A Willing mind (2 Cor. 8:10-12; Neh. 4:6)

[2]. A Ready mind (Acts 17:11)

[3]. A Humble mind (Acts 20:19) - (Eph. 4:17… Vain mind). The mind is connected with might (Deut. 6:5)


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