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Sunday, November 10 2013
Leviticus 19: Love Thy Neighbour As Thyself
"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD"
One of the most famous teachings of Jesus Christ (see also The Forerunner Of Man and Of God) was to "love thy neighbour as thyself."
"22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 22:38 This is the first and great commandment. 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (Matthew 22:37-40 KJV)
The Messiah's "love thy neighbour as thyself" teaching originated, by Him, as the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God), long before He was born as a man. When He said it in the "New Testament," He was quoting Himself from the "Old Testament": "thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD."
"19:15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour. 19:16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD. 19:17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD." (Leviticus 19:15-18 KJV)
The context of the "thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (verse 18 in the chapter below) was not merely a state of mind, but a way of life.
"19:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 19:2 Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.
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This Day In History, November 10
1202: During the Fourth Crusade, Church of Rome "crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) began a siege of Zara (now Zadar, Croatia).
1444: The Battle of Varna. "Crusaders" under King Vladislaus III of Varna were defeated by the Turks under Sultan Murad II. Roman Catholic Europe and the Muslim Middle East are the historic and end-time "kings of the north and south" (see The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).
1483: Martin Luther was born in Eisleben, Germany. Although Luther rebelled against the immorality of the pope during his time, Luther (and most "Protestant" churches today) maintained most of the Church of Rome's anti-Biblical doctrines (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
1493: Christopher Columbus discovered Antigua on his second voyage to the "new" world (for a map of his voyages, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1674: The Dutch formally ceded New Netherlands to the English, who renamed it New York.
1766: William Franklin, the Colonial Governor of New Jersey, signed the charter for the establishment of Queen's College (after the rebellion of the New England colonies, it was renamed Rutgers University).
1871: Henry Morton Stanley located the missing explorer Dr. David Livingstone near Lake Tanganyika and uttered his famous "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
1928: Hirohito was crowned emperor of Japan. He ruled for 61 years, until his death in 1989.
1938: Benito Mussolini's Fascist Italy enacted its first anti-Semitic legislation.
1942: After the British victory at El Alamein during the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Winston Churchill said, "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
1970: The Soviet Lunar probe Lunokhod 1 was launched.
1975: The 729-foot freighter Edmund Fitzgerald was lost during a storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew on board. The sinking was made famous by Gordon Lightfoot's song The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
1975: Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat addressed the United Nations General Assembly while wearing a holstered pistol. Barely 28 years after voting to establish a Jewish state, the UN General Assembly then endorsed a resolution (67 to 55 with 15 abstentions) describing Israel as "the racist regime in occupied Palestine," and stigmatizing Zionism (a term that actually refers to A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism) as "a form of racialism and racial discrimination." The resolution's preamble additionally singled out Zionism as "a threat to world peace and security," and called upon "all countries to oppose this racist and imperialist ideology."
1979: 250,000 residents of Mississauga, Ontario (a city adjacent to Toronto) were evacuated for 6 days after a 106-car Canadian Pacific Rail freight train carrying explosive and poisonous chemicals derailed, rupturing and burning some of the tankers. It was the largest peacetime evacuation in the history of North America until the 2005 evacuation of New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina.
1982: Leonid Brezhnev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, died at age 76.
1989: The Berlin wall began to be dismantled.