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How Can our Bible Reading Help Us Develop a More Biblical Worldview?
- Why are loving God and loving others the most important commandments?
- Why was this scribe "not far from the kingdom of God"? What was he still missing?
- What is hypocrisy and how is it related to God's most important commandments?
- What does real sincerity in loving God look like?
What is hypocrisy and how is it related to God's most important commandments? Jesus condemns the scribes for their religious hypocrisy because they use religion as a tool for self-promotion and self-exaltation. This is the opposite of loving God; they use God to exalt themselves. Their hypocritical religion led to the abuse and exploitation of their neighbors and not love.
What does real sincerity in loving God look like? Finally, Jesus gives His disciples a clear illustration of what sincere devotion to God looks like. A poor widow comes into the Temple to give her last two copper coins to God and Jesus makes sure His disciples see and understand her devotion. Loving God leads to a full trust in Him, even to our last penny.
By asking questions and seeing more clearly the flow of this passage, we can see that Jesus is teaching us what it looks like to be His disciple. We can understand the priority of love, the person of Christ, the danger of hypocrisy and the marks of true faith.
Prayer Based on Psalm 90:
Lord, You have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting You are God.
You return man to dust
and say, “Return, O children of man!"
For a thousand years in Your sight
are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night.
You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
like grass that is renewed in the morning:
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
in the evening it fades and withers.
Because of our sins, we are brought to an end by Your anger;
by Your wrath we are dismayed.
You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of Your presence,
for nothing is hidden from You.
In this fallen world, all our days pass away under Your wrath;
we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who considers the power of Your anger,
and Your wrath according to the fear of you?
So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Return, O Lord! How long?
Have pity on Your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with Your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Lord please make us glad for as many days as You have afflicted us,
and for as many years as we have seen evil.
Let your work be shown to Your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!