The man who had asked the question—finely dressed and leaning on a freshly oiled staff— smiled under his long, neatly groomed beard. It was a good question to start a good conversation.
It was a question Jesus had heard before. In fact, it was one of the questions which Jesus made a special effort to answer carefully. Who was standing in front of Him? What would send this person away with deeper—better—questions? This man was a role model of Jewish piety, an expert educated in the religious law and customs—not unlike a modern-day lawyer. He was picture perfect—rich, intelligent and educated. Jesus started in familiar territory, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”
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