Do you have a favorite Commandment? I am thinking of the Ten Commandments, but you might choose from the two greatest that Jesus and “the legal expert” both cite as summing up all the rest. Or you may choose from among the 613 Commandments of the Torah.
You may, perhaps, even cite some other authoritative source for the purposes of this post.
This thought arises after having heard, again, adults suggest to children that the “most important one for you” is to obey your mother and father.
Huh. Now, I’m not going to disagree on this in front of a roomful of children. But sometimes I wonder if we have told children THIS commandment often enough that we begin to think it is for them.
I don’t think there is any credible biblical scholar who would support the idea that the other 9 are for everyone, but that one is for children.
Another possibility of your (or my) favorite commandment would be the one that we have the least likelihood of offending. Kill? No, that’s really not me, so I’ll jump on that one as the most important. I’ll engage in discussions (actually debates) about how this commandment is the most important and work tirelessly to get other people to stop breaking it.
Least favorite? Well, that’s easy. It would be the one over which we stumble most. That whole covet thing gets me daily. Did Moses have any idea how materialistic our culture would be? Don’t covet anything? How about nothing over $100?
What do I mean by favorite? Favorite one to toss at others? Favorite one to celebrate? Favorite to stand awestruck at God’s goodness?
Your choice. After all, it’s YOUR favorite.