Which is the greatest commandment?
For thousands of years, people have struggled to understand what is most important to God and how to become closest to God. The Old Testament is filled with promises, covenants, and commandments all with the intent to bring people closer to him. Its no surprise then that Jesus was asked which of the commandments is the greatest.
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” -Mark 12:28-31
Interestingly, Jesus doesn't pick one commandment. Instead, Jesus quotes Deuteromony 6:5 (the Shema), you should love your God with all that you are; and then he quotes Leviticus 19:18, you should love your neighbor as yourself. But there is a good chance that Jesus would have translated these verses into Aramaic, Jesus' first language. He told the