God's Golden Rule: Love! — Mt 22 #1

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One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

Jesus replied,

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.

39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]

40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:38-40

[c] mt 22:37 This is the first and greatest commandment.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

Deuteronomy 6:5

[d] mt 22:39 And the second is like it:

 18 “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

Leviticus 19:18

References & reflection

[1] https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/9-gold-silver-and-iron-three-rules-of-human-conduct
[2] https://steemit.com/steemchurch/@estheromoyiwola/the-golden-rule
[3] https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Golden_Rule
[4] https://www.goldenruleproject.org/formulations
[5] https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Golden_Rule

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Luke 6:20-23 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Beatitudes

20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

Luke 6:20

The human perspective sees wealth as a blessing and poverty as a curse. God’s plan is much greater and uses both wealth and poverty to accomplish His will. We are to avoid the temptation to see wealth as God’s only blessing and instead be content in any and every circumstance, knowing that God’s blessings are not defined by our possessions in this world but are found in their fullness in a kingdom not of this world.

References & Reflections

[2] slideplayer.com/slide/4112458/
[3] www.desiringgod.org/articles/is-love-of-money-really-the-root-of-all-evils
[4] www.somersetchurchofchrist.com/tag/helping-poor/

God’s Grace Versus Man’s Greed! — Lord’s Last Supper — Lessons from Luke 22 — Psalm 23 Prophecy Fulfilled

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

Luke 22 New International Version (NIV)

22 Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.

The Last Supper

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”

“Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.

10 He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11 and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.”

13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.[a] 21 But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. 22 The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!” 23 They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.

24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. 28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials. 29 And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”

34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

35 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?”

“Nothing,” they answered.

36 He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 37 It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’[b]; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”

38 The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.”

“That’s enough!” he replied.

References & Reflections

[1] answering-islam.org/Authors/Arlandson/luke_22_36.htm
[2] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sell_your_cloak_and_buy_a_sword
[3] hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/1783/why-does-jesus-tell-the-disciples-to-buy-swords
[4] answersfromthebook.net/can-you-please-explain-to-me-luke-2235-36-where-jesus-is-ordering-his-disciples-to-sell-some-of-their-clothes-and-possessions-to-buy-swords-what-swords-are-these-what-are-they-used-for/
[5] charismactivism.com/2013/01/18/why-did-jesus-tell-the-disciples-to-buy-two-swords/
[6] medium.com/@steppesoffaith/understanding-psalm-23-the-table-the-oil-and-gods-faithfulness-76b263eb4685
[7] biblehub.com/psalms/23-5.htm
[8] www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/old-testament-student-manual-genesis-2-samuel/genesis-37-50-joseph-the-power-of-preparation?lang=eng
[9] www.deseret.com/2019/6/5/20674920/taylor-halverson-the-surprising-meaning-of-30-shekels-of-silver
[10] www.desiringgod.org/messages/the-sale-of-joseph-and-the-son-of-god
[11] www.thechurchnews.com/archives/1994-07-30/the-life-of-joseph-foreshadows-the-life-of-savior-jesus-christ-139292
[12] www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/people-cultures-in-the-bible/jesus-historical-jesus/jesus-was-a-refugee/
[13] https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-was-the-significance-with-the-30-thirty-pieces-of-silver-in-the-bible/
[14] slideplayer.com/slide/4741956/
[15] www.gotquestions.org/transubstantiation.html

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Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman

Luke 7:36-50

36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat.[h] 37 When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. 38 Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.

39 When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!”

40 Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.”

“Go ahead, Teacher,” Simon replied.

41 Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver[i] to one and 50 pieces to the other. 42 But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?”

43 Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.”

“That’s right,” Jesus said. 44 Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.

47 “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” 48 Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.”

49 The men at the table said among themselves, “Who is this man, that he goes around forgiving sins?”

50 And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Paul Goes to Macedonia and Greece

Acts 20:35 New Living Translation (NLT)

35 And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Paul and Silas in Thessalonica

Acts 17:25-27 New Living Translation (NLT)

25 and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need.

26 From one man[a] he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.

27 “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.

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  1. 17:26 Greek From one; other manuscripts read From one blood.

References & reflections

[1] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anointing_of_Jesus
[2] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_of_Bethany
[3] www.gotquestions.org/anointed.html
[4] www.gotquestions.org/new-anointing.html
[5] www.gotquestions.org/life-Mary-Bethany.html
[7] motherofhealinglove.org/blog/2019/08/7-gospel-clues-that-mary-magdalene-is-mary-of-bethany/
[8] www.gotquestions.org/new-anointing.html
[9] www.gotquestions.org/life-Mary-Bethany.html
[10] www.gotquestions.org/life-Mary-Bethany.html
[11] www.gotquestions.org/anointed-priest.html

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