Jesus said unto him,
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments
hang all the law and the prophets.
Matthew 22:38, from Clarke’s Commentary
This is the first and great commandment –
It is so,
1. In its antiquity, being as old as the world, and engraven originally on our very nature.
2. In dignity; as directly and immediately proceeding front and referring to God.
3. In excellence; being the commandment of the new covenant, and the very spirit of the Divine adoption.
4. In justice; because it alone renders to God his due, prefers him before all things, and secures to him his proper rank in relation to them.
5. In sufficiency; being in itself capable of making men holy in this life, and happy in the other.
6. In fruitfulness; because it is the root of all commandments, and the fulfilling of the law.
7. In virtue and efficacy; because by this alone God reigns in the heart of man, and man is united to God.
8. In extent; leaving nothing to the creature, which it does not refer to the Creator.
9. In necessity; being absolutely indispensable.
10. In duration; being ever to be continued on earth, and never to be discontinued in heaven.
Every need of proof, every reason of proof supplied.
God’s Word is steadfast and sure.
As for God, his way is perfect:
the word of the LORD is tried:
he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
God, his way is perfect –
His conduct is like his nature, absolutely pure.
The word of the Lord is tried –
Literally tried in the fire.
It has stood all tests;
and has never failed those who pleaded it before its author.
He is a buckler –
A sure protection to every simple believing soul.
We cannot believe his word too implicity;
nor trust too confidently in him.
Trusting in the perfect way of God . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie