Mark 12:28-31 ¶ And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
“Love your neighbor as yourself” is a verse that has such relevance in everyday life. We come in contact with our “neighbor” everyday, all day long. It is not intended that your neighbor is only limited to the people that live beside you, upstairs or across the street. Your neighbor is any other person that shares this world with you.
Yahushua was engaged in much public debate with the Pharisees and Sadducees, two factions that opposed Him and His teachings or tried to challenge Him to make sure that He was observant. It was during one of these debates that Yahushua stated the above.
People often refer to this as The Greatest Commandment. Does this make null and void the rest of Yahwey’s commandments because it is considered to be the greatest? By no means. Do we see this interaction going on in our world? You bet.
So how can we love our neighbor as our self, if doing so requires us to love our neighbor who is acting like a Pharisee or a Sadducee? How can we love ourselves if loving them is asking beyond what we are willing to do with a genuine heart?
When Yahushua spoke these words, one fella in the crowd asked a very good question: “And who is my neighbor?”
In response, Yahushua told the famous Parable of the Good Samaritan. A Jewish man had been beaten by robbers and left half dead beside the road. Two different religious leaders passed by but did nothing to help. Finally, a Samaritan man came by and took pity on the injured man. He gave him water, patched up his wounds, put him on his own donkey and took him to an inn where he could rest and recover.
For believers, our allegiance and our devotion is all based on our faith. When we talk about Yahwey it is because this is our natural expression of faith because we are living in and living out the truth that we love our Father with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength.
Did you know that everything that we say about Yahwey is being recorded?
Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon His name.
Are we not all creatures of the habitat of our environment? If I read or study the word through out the day, isn’t that what I am going to talk about or reflect on during the routine parts of my day?
If I was a chef in a fancy restaurant wouldn’t I be reflecting on the Chateaubriand that I had served for the evening meal or if I were a 911 dispatcher, would I not be pondering on the emergency situations that had occurred during my shift?
The environment that we live in or the passions of our lives are inter mixed in who we are at home and who we are on the job. People say, leave you’re home at the door before you go to work or leave you’re work behind you when you close the door, but that is so much easier said than done.
When a believer, like myself spends all of my 24 hours, co-habituating in spirit and in truth, with my Father and His word and His teachings, and I then walk into the world, am I not going to over flow with His love and passion to all mankind that I interact with?
And why are there people who are pharisetical and why do they want to even try to rock my boat of faith?
Yahushua said it very plainly, “You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
Just like the kindness that Yahushua taught about the good samaritan, we do not have to agree with other people’s beliefs and opinions or condone their actions, but Yahushua calls us to overcome our prejudices and show our kindness to all people of the world and consider them our “neighbors.”
Ergo the reasoning behind the teachings in Torah that Yahwey expected all of His people to keep, so that they would know how to co-habituate with each other. Face it , no matter how you slice it or dice it, if we throw out the law and do away with it, we must throw out the love and do away with that too. We are not given two paths to choose from.
The Samaritan man gave freely of both his time and his money to help a Jewish man who was not only a stranger, but also was of a different religion, a foreigner and an enemy of his people. Yahushua challenges us to “go and do likewise.”
What matters to Yahwey is our love for Him and our love for each other. Wealth, power and status count for nothing in the kingdom of Yahwey. When we truly love our neighbors, we do our part to make the world a better place, and we find our own fulfillment in life. By doing so, we are keeping the commandments of Yahwey.
Yahushua said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.”
November 30, 2010
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