March 1

The Two Great Commandments

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. Matt. 22:37-40.

The law of God existed before man was created. It was adapted to the condition
of holy beings; even angels were governed by it. After the fall, the principles of
righteousness were unchanged. Nothing was taken from the law; not one of its holy
precepts could be improved. And as it has existed from the beginning, so will it
continue to exist throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity.
The first four of the Ten Commandments are summed up in the one great
precept, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart.” The last six are
included in the other, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Both these
commandments are an expression of the principle of love. The first cannot be kept
and the second broken, nor can the second be kept while the first is broken.
This supreme and universal law, the decalogue, originally written by God
Himself on two tables of stone, is given to the willing for the preservation of their
precious gifts: their religion, their homes and their very lives, the homes and lives of
their families, their properties, their cities, their nations; and peace and goodwill to
all mankind.
And since all the commandments are summed up in love to God and man, it
follows that not one precept can be broken without violating this principle. Thus
Christ taught His hearers that the law of God is not so many separate precepts,
some of which are of great importance, while others are of small importance and
may with impunity be ignored. Our Lord presents the first four and the last six
commandments as a divine whole.
We should now pray that the law of God be written in our hearts; that we obey
the law because we want to, not because we have to; that we realize that our keeping
God’s commandments is for our own good. And above all, let us pray that our
highest joy may be in doing His will. Thus may God’s will be done on earth as it is
done in heaven.”
Knowing that, “he that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his
prayer shall be abomination.” Prov. 28:9.
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His
commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” Eccles. 12:13.

February 29

Bashan DSDA Devotional: Following The Lamb

March 28

Bashan DSDA Devotional: Following The Lamb