Twisted Text - Matthew 22:37-40 (The Two Commandments)

37 Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."

Many refer to this passage as proof that our Savior replaced the Big Ten with the Big Two. But what they don’t realize is that Jesus was merely quoting the Old Testament (see Deut. 6:5; Lev. 19:18) and that the "two" simply summarize the Ten Commandments. To "love God" is to keep the first four commandments, and to "love man" is to obey the last six. Jesus also said that on "these two [commandments] hang all the Law and the Prophets." Thus the Big Ten hang on the Big Two. Don’t let them fall.

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