The Number One Thing

Matthew Bible Background

03.09.2019 – New Testament: Mark 12.29

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 12.28–44 on March 9, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

A scribe asked Jesus what was the first commandment above all the others. Mark wrote:

Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one’” (Mark 12.29).

If you had never read that before, how would you have answered the scribe’s question? Now that you know how Jesus answered the question, do you keep that first commandment?


  • What things do you think are important?
  • Why do we need to know that our God is one?

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