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A Sermon on Mark 12:28-31

The Great Commandment

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (ESV)

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Chaos, conflict and crisis are sadly a regular part of our world. All of men’s attempts to bring peace and reconciliation fall short of the goal. Why? The reason, according to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in this sermon on Mark 21:28-31, is that man’s priorities are misplaced. Mankind starts with trying to appease his own desires with his own answers. This man-centered approach is unbiblical because it does not start with God in order to understand the nature of humanity. For only when man sees himself as created by God and in need of redemption and reconciliation with God, only then can he properly diagnose himself and his problems. Until men recognize their sin and rebellion before God, they will never understand the depth of their alienation from one another and God. For it is only the Gospel that can free men from their guilt and sin before a holy God, and it is only by believing in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that men can truly live in fellowship and communion with one another. It is only by divine aid that men can flee from themselves and turn to God so that they may be freed from their sin.


Additional Scripture Translations

Mark 12:28-31, New American Standard Bible

28One of the scribes came up and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?” 29Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one; 30and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:28-31, King James Version

28¶ And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30And 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. 31And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.