One Step Further
January 14, 2007
INTRODUCTION: The second commandment involves the same "virtue" as the first: love. This commandment calls for the same genuine love for others that you have for God.
• Choice Purposeful
• Not merely sentimental and emotional
The second greatest commandment is the most often quoted Old Testament text in the New Testament: "You shall love your neighbor" -- anyone with whom we have contact; we will only do what is in their best interest.
I. OTHERS: THE CARING PERSON.
This is wonderfully illustrated by our Lord Jesus in Luke 10:25 as He is approached by a lawyer that is an expert in the law.
Luke 10:25-28, "And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?' He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?' So he answered and said, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and 'your neighbor as yourself.' And He said to him, ‘You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.'"
It is almost as if the lawyer said to himself, "Well, I know I love God, but who is my neighbor?"
NOTE: The prevailing opinion among Scribes and Pharisees was that one's neighbors were the righteous alone. To them, rank sinners, and especially Samaritans, were to be hated because they were the enemies of God. (Ps. 139:21,22) They elevated hostility toward the sinners to the status of virtue.
Now, Jesus on Others
The story of the Good Samaritan.
We see a man robbed, stripped, wounded, leaving him half-dead.
John 10:10a, "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy."
A. THE PRIEST: DISTANCE
Luke 10:31, "Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side."
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