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The Two Commandments

What two commandments did Jesus say sums up the Law and the prophets and why?

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 ---Alan on 4/11/10
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There is only one word that tightly encompasses (hangs upon) all the other commands of the Law and the prophets and which also includes the two commandments Jesus spoke of. It is a word that today's christians have knowledge about, but don't know how to use it. It is a word that is a noun and a verb. It is a word that cannot be describe in a human way where even 1 Corinthians 13 dosen't comes close. It is the only word that will truly get you into heaven.
---Steveng on 4/18/10

I Agree MarkV, MIchael has indeed "summed" it up well as witnessed by Samuel and the parable he alluded to.

Donna "hang" is indeed descriptive, constituting the coherent totality of the intent of the Law and the prophets to bring us into the Loving salvation of Jesus. His love expressed through man, empowered of His Christ within, is the "summation" of that intent. Thus the righteousness of the Father, witnessed by both the law and the prophets, is revealed in those of us who set our course in life under His direct Divine inspiration and guidance.

Most likely those that understood it, heard it descriptively, knowing that love is an intangible, revealed tangibly through corresponding words and actions.
---Josef on 4/18/10

Jhn 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

When Jesus rebuked the Pharisees, it wasn't because they didn't know the truth or didn't follow the Ten Commandments. It was because they followed them in the wrong spirit i.e. to condemn other people.

I believe that the two Great Commandments of Jesus were given to prevent this error and to put the emphasis where it truly belonged. By following these two, you obey the 10 in the spirit God desires.
---Donna66 on 4/17/10

Michael, very good answers brother. You cleared it up to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see. Thanks
---MarkV. on 4/16/10

Thank you Samuel. Your post edified me as I hope mine did you in Christ.
Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Acts 17:10-11 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming [thither] went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
1 Corinthians 14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
---MIchael on 4/15/10

Michael you comment about the Ten Commandments being passive if right on target. Not doing something wrong is only part of what JESUS wants from us. He wants us to follow HIM which means going about doing right. Actively helping others and working to save others.

The man with the one talent did nothing with his talent. So it was taken from him and given to someone else who would use it.

When we don't do wrong is not something to brag about. Not that we should brag about anything we do. All we do is to bring honour to GOD.
---Samuel on 4/14/10

My bubble just got burst, Now what?
Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Rom 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
We can still sit on our seats and follow the 10 commandments. Christ wants more. He doesn't want us on the wrong side of the fence (murder, theft, adultery), nor on the fence (don't murder, steal, fornicate), but on His side (do unto others, give, accompany).
Have I made mistakes? Yes. Will I? Probably.
1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
---MIchael on 4/14/10

If you do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God, what difference does it make to you that there are commandments or not? Does not Pau1 say that , "the law is not made for a righteous man"?
You should have nothing to worry then. However, you have also heard that no one is good except God and, are you a sinner? Sorry to bust your bubble then, for Paul did also said that the law is for sinners, 1 Timothy 1:9.
---Nana on 4/13/10

The ten commandments are passive. A person need not do a thing to honor them.
The 2 Royal Laws, however, persuade us to be active.
Do unto others what you want done to you instead of don't do to others what you don't want done to you.
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good, and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Active-Do, Love, Walk
Matthew 25:35-36 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Shouldn't we rather do instead of just don't?
---MIchael on 4/13/10

The two are: Love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and Love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus said that if you love Me you will keep my Commands (10 Commandments). This is how we love God. The two commands sum up ALL of the 10 Commandments.
---Leslie on 4/13/10

I wish someone who has some knowledge of the original languages of Scripture, would comment on this.

Some people take the word "hang" in a very contemporary literal sense.

Others see the word "hang" as a more descriptive word.

I'd like to know how the word "hang" in this passage would have been interpreted by those who first read it or heard it.
---Donna66 on 4/13/10

The Principals on which the commandments of GOD hang are Love of GOD and love of others. The Ten Commandments take these two principals and put them into practice.

When you love GOD the first four are easy. When you love your neighbor so are the second.

It is a lack of love that cause most problems.
---Samuel on 4/13/10

There is a difference betweeen a hanger and what is hung upon it.
---MIchael on 4/13/10

Sum or Hang makes no difference, but I prefer hang, with an analogy of clothes hangers. A complete suit properly hung resemble and make clear what it is. The same suit trown into a pile rather resembles rags.
---Nana on 4/12/10

Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.


Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I [am] the LORD.

The first one of followed fulfuls the first 4 commandments.

the second one if followed fulfils the last six commandments

Romans 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet, and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
---francis on 4/12/10

Love God. Love neighbour as self. On these hang all the law and the prophets.
---ger.toshav on 4/11/10

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