After Moses assembled all of Israel and read to them the Ten Commandments, he instructed them to love God with all their heart, soul and strength. Jesus quotes Moses when he is asked about the Greatest Commandment. Paul reaffirms Jesus’ command in his letter to the Romans when he concludes, “Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law”.
God was not satisfied to have the ritual obedience of the Hebrew nation. His goal was to circumcise their hearts, so that they could love him and have life. He even sent prophets to serve as his mouthpiece to tell them:
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings (Hosea 6:6, KJV).
The Living Bible translation says:
I don’t want your sacrifices—I want your love; I don’t want your offerings—I want you to know me.
In the new testament we are reminded time and again by the Apostle John that God requires love, plain and simple. It is the one commandment that fulfills all others.
How am I going to obey this commandment today?
Matthew 22:34, Mark 12:28
John 13:34, 15:12; 1 John 4:21