JANUARY 17, 2021
The Great Commandment
Matthew 22:34–40 (ESV)
34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Genesis 2:7 (ESV)
7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
Genesis 3:8 (ESV): And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
Genesis 2:15 (ESV): The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.
Genesis 2:16–17 (ESV): And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Genesis 2:18 (ESV): Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
Genesis 2:21–25 (ESV): So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
📖 MESSAGE NOTES 📖
Loving God With All Your Soul
- We don’t have a soul, we are a soul! (C.S. Lewis)
- Genesis 2:7 - ...and the man became a living creature (soul)
- God animates us with His breath. We only come alive with the breath of God in us.
Ways to Have a Satisfied Soul
- Rest in and with God - Genesis 3:8
- Participate in creation....with Him
- Enjoy God in and through His creation. When we are in His creation, He is with us!
- We are created to be known by God...and to know Him. Many times we know about God and even know God but we need to be KNOWN by God.
- Be attentive
- Stop...Be still...Go silent
- Read or listen to His Story listening for how He interacts with humanity and His creation.
- Participate with His creation - Genesis 2:15.
- God gives responsibility to humanity.
- Work it and Keep it - Serve God...Serve Others
- Doing the work of God satisfies and fulfills our soul. It is what we are created for. There is tremendous joy in our serving of others.
- Live into the “No!” - Genesis 2:16-17
- God gave them and us the world with limitations
- He gave the privilege before He gave the limitations
- They were able to eat of every tree of the garden and were able to enjoy all of creation.
- Most times we don’t trust the “No” because we don’t trust the person or feel known by the one who is saying it.
- As we are known by God and know Him more, we will trust His “No” and appreciate His “Yes!”
- Life and satisfaction is found in God’s “Yes”
- Embrace Relationship - Genesis 2:18; 21-25
- The relationship with God was not complete. God desired man to be in relationship with another.
- God wants us to not only be known by Him but by others. God desires us to know and be known by others in our lives.
- Are you intentional with your friends?
- Are they serving you and you serving them?
- Are they giving you life?
- Are they building you up in your relationship with God or tearing you down?
- Are the healing or hurting your soul?
- Are you doing the same for them?