Bible Study Questions – Matthew 22:34-40
With what you know about the Character of God, how do these verses tell us how His children should reflect His character through their actions?
In verse 34, The Sadduces had been silenced by Jesus’ logic about marriage in heaven. Why then did the Pharisees gather together?
Why do you think they chose that particular question in verse 36 to test (tempt) Jesus? (take into account that Mark paints the questioner as a sincere seeker of truth yet the connotation of the word is to test in order to destroy) Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Mark 12:28-34
*Special Topic* Where else can we find this word for “test” in Matthew? Matthew 4:1, 16:1, 19:3, 22:18
*Interesting note* There are 248 positive and 365 negative commandments in the writings of Moses (Genesis – Deuteronomy) for a total of 613 commands.
How would you describe the love Jesus talked about and how do we measure the magnitude of that love?
Is it possible to love the Lord with ALL your heart, soul and mind? If not, why does God command it?
What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself?
Share an experience in which you saw “loving your neighbor as yourself” worked out either in your life or another’s life , maybe even through one person here in this study group.
How is the second commandment like the first?
Is it possible to love God but hate people? How about hating just one person? 1 John. 2:9-11, 3:13-15, 4:18-21
Jesus is saying here that all of Scripture has an integrating center. What is that center and where can we find more proof of this? Matthew 7:12; Mark 12:31; Romans 13:8-10; Galatians 5:13-14
Why do the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments?
How does fulfilling these two commands cause us to fulfill all of God’s commands?
How can we best follow these commands as a family in Christ here at Prince of Peace?