September 5, 2010: Matthew 22:35-46, Read for Older Children

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At that time, there came to Jesus a lawyer, asking him a question, to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” And Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying, “What do you think of the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” Jesus said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying, “the Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies thy footstool’? If David thus calls him Lord, how is he his son?” And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did any one dare to ask him any more questions.

1. Why did the lawyer come to ask Jesus a question? What question did he ask?
2. What two commandments did Our Lord say are the greatest?
3. Why do you think Jesus said that all the law and the prophets depend on those two commandments?
4. Whose son did the Pharisees say that the Christ was?
5. Jesus pointed out to them that David himself called the Christ his Lord. How did that compare to what the Pharisees called him?
6. What happened between the Pharisees and our Lord Jesus Christ, because of this conversation?
7. Do you think it is important that Christ is both the son of David AND his Lord? What does it tell you about Christ?