By Scott Brown
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Waverly
Focal Passage: Luke 10:25-37
An expert in the law, testing Jesus, began questioning Him about the law. This wasn’t the inquisitive questioning of a heartfelt seeker but an arrogant questioning seeking only to trap Jesus through cross examination. This lawyer sums up the law rightly with the Great Commandment. He seems to be missing the point, though.
A consuming love for God produces a love of others without preconditions because of being so greatly loved by God. Knowing that He should love God and neighbor, he wants to know who qualifies as his neighbor. Who must he love and who can he hate? What I love about Jesus’ response is that while this scribe is asking what kind of person his neighbor is, Jesus responds by showing what kind of neighbor he himself should be. [Read more…]