"The Great Commandment" - Mark 12:28-34


  1. Why do you think the way Jesus answered the Sadducee's question prompted the Scribe to ask his question? 
  2. What was the Scribes question and why was/is it important?
  3. What does it mean that a commandment is the "foremost of all"?  Why is it "foremost"?  Check out 1 John 4: 7 – 12.
  4. In what way does Jesus answer the Scribes question? 
  5. In what way is it important that Jesus uses Deut. 6:4,5 and Lev. 19:18 to answer the Scribes question?  Once again how does the way Jesus answer these questions demonstrate the authority of God's Word?
  6. In what way does Jesus opening words "The foremost is, Hear O Israel!  The Lord our God is one Lord" sharpen the focus of His following commands?  Compare this with Exodus 20: 2-3?
  7. How does the Scribes summary in verse 32 help us better understand what verse 29 means?
  8. What does it mean to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength?  Why do you think Jesus uses these four categories and in what way are they effective in clarifying the "all" in the command?
  9. In what way does this commandment reveal "love" as the basis for a relationship with God and His relationship with us?  How has God given us His "all" and loved us with His "all"?  Check out 1 John 4: 7 – 12.
  10. In what way does our obedience to fulfill this commandment reveal a desire to seek God for His own sake and not just what He can do for us?  Why is that important?  Check out Rev. 2: 1 – 7.
  11. In what way is the second command to love your neighbor as yourself like the first?
  12. What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself?  Check out Gal. 5: 13 – 14; Phil. 2: 1 – 11.  According to Scripture who is your neighbor?  Check out Luke 10: 25- 37.
  13. On what basis could the Scribe declare Jesus to be "Right"?  What did the Scribe say Jesus was right about?
  14. In what way did the intelligence of the Scribes answer indicate that he was not far from the kingdom of God?  What does it mean to be "not far from the kingdom of God"?
  15. Given that the two commands we have examined are in fact commands from Jesus.  Is it a sin if we fail to love God fully?  How can I pursue fulfilling this command in the spirit of the Grace God has extended to me in Christ Jesus?
  16. How would you use these two commandments to help someone understand the futility of attempting to be saved by keeping the law and their need of a Savior?
  17. What have you learned from this passage and how are you going to apply what you have learned this coming week?
Benjamin Steiner