This teacher of the law understood that the purpose of the law is to produce a life of love, which is loving God and loving man. He knew that if people spent all their effort meticulously practicing all the sacrifices and offerings but do not love God and men, they have missed the point.
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The people of Israel would have known from their parents and priests that, according to the Law, suffering and exile would be the consequences of living apart from God's way (Deut. 28). The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Amos, reminded the people of this again and again. Though these...