In this 4th grade lesson we learn about the Two Great Commandments. Jesus gave us the Two Great Commandments to put the Ten Commandments in perspective. We will learn how the Two Great Commandments summarize and illuminate the Ten Commandments.
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The Dream of Pope Sergius, Rogier van der Weyden (c. 1430)
The Two Great Commandments are a shorter version of the Ten Commandments. Why didn’t God give us the Two Great Commandments first?
The Two Great Commandments are harder to understand than the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments are specific rules that tell us how to be holy children of God. The Two Great Commandments are actually one rule. Let’s look at the Two Great Commandments.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind…and your neighbor as yourself.
Do you know what the one rule is? It is: you shall love. Can you define “love” without using the Ten Commandments? No! That is why God gave us the Ten Commandments first.
Love the Lord your God
The first three of the Ten Commandments tell us what we must do to show we love God. God must come first in all things. There are no exceptions.
Love your neighbor as yourself
The last seven of the Ten Commandments tell us how to love our neighbor. They also tell us how to love our self. We must never do anything to hurt ourselves or another person. We must also do what we can to keep our and our neighbors holy in body and soul.
The reason for Love
Why does Jesus make “love” the center of the Commandments? The answer goes back to our lesson on the Blessed Trinity. Do you remember St. Augustine’s analogy to explain the mystery of the Trinity? He used “love” to show how the Three Persons worked together! Love is a living thing in the Trinity.
Remember that we are made in God’s image. Part of God’s image is this “love” that describes the Trinity. When we obey the Two Great Commandments and follow the Ten Commandments, we imitate the Blessed Trinity like we were created to do.
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Two Great Commandments
In this lesson we learned that:
God gave us the Ten Commandments first to help us understand the Two Great Commandments.
The Two Great Commandments tell us that we should love God, and love our neighbor like our self.
The Commandments teach us about love because love is the image of God that we were created in.... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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