Matthew 22:36-40 has been greatly misunderstood.
“Rabbi, which of the mitzvot in the Torah is the most impotant?”
He told him, “You are to love YHWH your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. This is the greatest and most important mitzvah. And a second is similar to it, “You are to love your neighbor as yourself. All of the Torah and the Prophets are dependent on these two mitzvot.”
(Special thanks to Angie Makes for the free watercolor clipart!)
Christianity has taken this statement by Yeshua to be something brand new. It wasn’t. “Love YHWH your God,” is from Deuteronomy 6:4, the famous Shema verse. “Love your neighbor as yourself,” is from Leviticus 19:18. Yeshua wasn’t propagating new ideas. He was demonstrating his support, love, and belief of the Torah. He didn’t say, “These are the only commands to keep.” He said, “These are the foundation for the rest of the commandments.”
What is the definition of love? According to 2 John 6,
“Love is this: that we should live according to his commands.”
So to love YHWH we need to keep His commands. To love one another we need to keep His commands.
If I want to make sure I love YHWH and those in my life, all I need to do is make sure I am following the Torah’s instructions.