A religious lawyer asked Jesus to name the first and greatest commandment. Jesus did not hesitate. He quoted the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:37).
Here is a word under this heading of love. “You shall fear only the Lord your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name” (Deuteronomy 6:13). These words are similar to the First Commandment, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:3, Deuteronomy 5:7). We express love for God with worship, reverence, and respect.
Satan tried to get Jesus to repudiate His love for the Father. “The devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me’” (Matthew 4:8-9). Jesus would have none of this devilry. “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only’” (Matthew 4:10).
Jesus worshipped the Father. His obedience was not a burden but a way to show His love. We fail in love. We are imperfect. The loving obedience of Jesus Christ pays the debt of gratitude we owe.
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