31But now, as to whether there will be a resurrection of the dead -- haven't you ever read about this in the Scriptures? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said, a32'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' b So he is the God of the living, not the dead."33
When the crowds heard him, they were impressed with his teaching.
But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they thought up a fresh question of their own to ask him.
One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question:
"Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?"
Jesus replied, "'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.' c38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' d40All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments."41
Then, surrounded by the Pharisees, Jesus asked them a question:
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)