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.' a38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' b40All 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:
42"What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?" They replied, "He is the son of David."
Jesus responded, "Then why does David, speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, call him Lord? For David said,
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)