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Moses acts as the intermediary between God and the people of Israel. He takes the peoples’ complaints to God and God instructs the people. Why? Because God has chosen these people to be a priesthood, a holy nation to represent the type of life he had planned for us when he created Adam and Eve.

Moses followed God’s instructions, consecrated them and ensured they were prepared for his coming among them three days later.

Jesus spent three years preparing his disciples; he too was acting as an intermediary between God the Father and his people on earth. Only this time, the whole human race was included in the plan, not just the chosen people of Israel.

At this point in his ministry, when questioned about the greatest commandment of the Law of Moses, Jesus responds with this clear and simple command:

“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart,

all your soul

and all your mind”…


“Love your neighbour as yourself.”



Those like me who are old enough to remember what was affectionately known as the penny catechism (now £1.95! will recall this part of scripture which as children we learned by heart.

In today’s world, if we remember nothing else but these two co-equal commandments, it will be a much better place. However, we must also practice that love, not simply preach about it – the very mistake Jesus accused the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees of making in his own time.

Scripture:  Exodus 17:8-19:15; Matthew 22:34-23:12; Psalm 27:7-14; Proverbs 6:27-35

Exodus 17:8-19:15; Matthew 22:34-23:12; Psalm 27:7-14; Proverbs 6:27-35