The Greatest Commandment
Jesus answers the final question and climactic question in the temple: what is the most important commandment? This time it’s a scribe who asks, but curiously not one who baits him. This section is Jesus’ last interaction with the authorities before his trial, and it leads up to his prophesy of the temple’s destruction in chapter thirteen. He is preparing his disciples to understand God’s good purposes in these coming trials and the victory of God in and beyond them.