Sunday: 4th November, 2018
Reference text: Mark 12:28-34
Mark 12:28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? (KJV)
The teacher of the law mentioned in today’s Gospel, had been observing Jesus answer questions from a distance, and was impressed with his responses. Citing his ‘admiration’ of the answers Jesus gave, there was no indication of an intent to trap Jesus with the question he asked. In fact, it could even be said that he may have expected Jesus to be successful in answering this question.
It will be difficult for one to make a convincing argument that this scribe did not know the answer to the question he asked Jesus. The reason: if for nothing, the scribes were well familiar with the contents of the law and ignorance of the first and greatest commandment wouldn’t speak well of him. Hence, the question: if he himself knew the right answer, why did he bother asking Jesus for one?
When people settle into a groove or a routine, they appear to do or say the very same things at the least opportunity. A classical example is that of a couple in love: there could be an exchange of the words ‘I love you’ multiple times within a day. And this is not because they both don’t know that they are loved, the desire is to remind and to be reminded of this.
Sometimes, we wonder why the word of God is repeated over and over again to us because we seem to have heard the same things, said in different ways time and time again. Beloved, like this scribe, it isn’t that we don’t know, it is because every once in a while, we need someone to remind us of that which we already know. That we are loved, that we are precious and that we are the apple of our father’s eye.
Remember # sometimes, all you need to get going is a reminder of that which you already know.