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

God Gives a King’s Heart: Gold Crown — Psalm 21 #1

Psalm 21

1 How the king rejoices in your strength, O LORD!
He shouts with joy because you give him victory.
2 For you have given him his heart’s desire;
you have withheld nothing he requested.

3 You welcomed him back with success and prosperity.
You placed a crown of finest gold on his head.

Psalm 21:3

References & Reflections

[1] https://mightywarrior-mightywarrior.blogspot.com/2015/01/psalm-21.html
[2] https://gracewalk.wordpress.com/2006/06/28/long-live-the-king-psalms-21
[3] https://www.cultivategenerosity.com/single-post/2019/11/25/In-It-to-Win-It
[4] https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/22/crowns-hillsong-worship/
[5] https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/22/prize-of-wisdom-beautiful-crown-proverbs-4-3/
[6] https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/22/wreath-of-wisdom-crown-prize-proverbs-4-4/

Gifts of the Magi #1: Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh — Nativity

The Pilgrimage of the Magi

1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, 2 asking, “Where is the One who has been born King of the Jews? We saw His star in the easta and have come to worship Him.”

3 When King Herod heard this, he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4When he had assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired where the Christ was to be born.

5“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

6‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah,
for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of My people Israel.’b 

Micah 5:2; see also 2 Samuel 5:2

7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and learned from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8And sending them to Bethlehem, he said: “Go and search carefully for the Child, and when you find Him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship Him.”

9After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stood over the place where the Child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with great delight. 11On coming to the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh[8].

12And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they withdrew to their country by another route.

References & Reflections

[1] https://biblehub.com/matthew/2-11.htm
[2] https://aleteia.org/2018/01/07/what-do-the-3-gifts-of-the-magi-symbolize/
[3] https://aleteia.org/2018/01/07/why-did-the-magi-bring-gifts-of-gold-frankincense-and-myrrh/
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_Magi
[5] https://reasonsforhopejesus.com/significance-of-the-three-kings-gifts/
[6] https://www.gotquestions.org/gold-frankincense-myrrh.html
[7] https://www.gotquestions.org/three-wise-men.html
[8] John 19:39 https://biblehub.com/commentaries/john/19-39.htm
[9]  Psalm 72:11
[10] https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Gifts-Meaning-Frankincense-Myrrh/dp/1462116442

Holy Gifts: The True Meaning of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh Pamphlet – October 13, 2015
by Mark A. Shields 

Isaiah 9:6 New Living Translation (NLT)

For a child is born to us,
    a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
    And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor,[a] Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

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