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Wednesday, February 6 2019

A Bible Journey, 109: Love Thy Neighbour As Thyself

"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself"

One of the most renowned commands of the Messiah is 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)

Jesus of Nazareth's "love thy neighbour as thyself" teaching originated, by Him, as the LORD God (see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name), 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."

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"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 spirit and purpose of "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.

19:3 Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God [see Why Observe The True Sabbath?; also Pentecost: The Christian Feast Of Firstfruits, The Christian Feast Of Trumpets: The First Day Of Salvation, Why Do Christians Observe The Messiah's Day Of Atonement?, Why Christians Observe The Messiah's Feast Of Tabernacles and The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries).

19:4 Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God.

19:5 And if ye offer a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD, ye shall offer it at your own will. 19:6 It shall be eaten the same day ye offer it, and on the morrow: and if ought remain until the third day, it shall be burnt in the fire. 19:7 And if it be eaten at all on the third day, it is abominable; it shall not be accepted. 19:8 Therefore every one that eateth it shall bear his iniquity, because he hath profaned the hallowed thing of the LORD: and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

19:9 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest. 19:10 And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God [see The Gleaner's Law].

19:11 Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another. 19:12 And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD [see also Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?].

19:13 Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.

19:14 Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: 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.

19:19 Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.

19:20 And whosoever lieth carnally with a woman, that is a bondmaid, betrothed to an husband, and not at all redeemed, nor freedom given her; she shall be scourged; they shall not be put to death, because she was not free. 19:21 And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, even a ram for a trespass offering. 19:22 And the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering before the LORD for his sin which he hath done: and the sin which he hath done shall be forgiven him.

19:23 And when ye shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then ye shall count the fruit thereof as uncircumcised: three years shall it be as uncircumcised unto you: it shall not be eaten of. 19:24 But in the fourth year all the fruit thereof shall be holy to praise the LORD withal. 19:25 And in the fifth year shall ye eat of the fruit thereof, that it may yield unto you the increase thereof: I am the LORD your God.

19:26 Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times [see What Is Sorcery?].

19:27 Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.

19:28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.

19:29 Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.

19:30 Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.

19:31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits [see also Satan's Masquerade], neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

19:32 Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.

19:33 And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. 19:34 But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

19:35 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure. 19:36 Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have: I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt.

19:37 Therefore shall ye observe all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: I am the LORD." (Leviticus 19:1-37 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is "love your neighbour as yourself" the basis of six of the LORD's Ten Commandments?
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This Day In History, February 6

1215: Japanese emperor Hojo Tokimasa died at age 77. He was shikken (Regent of the Shogunate) from 1203 until his abdication in 1205. A "shogun" was the military leader of Japan in the era from 1185 to 1868.

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Japanese Empire

1515: Aldus Manutius, Italian editor and printer, died. He printed the first "paperbacks" and invented italics.

1626: Huguenot rebels and the French signed the Peace of La Rochelle.

1685: Charles II, king of Great Britain and Ireland, died. James II became the new king.

1695: Ahmed II, Ottoman sultan from 1691-1695, died at age 53. His reign was marked by the continuing war with "The Holy League" of Austria, Poland and Venice (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire; see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation, The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South, Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1778: The U.S. and France signed treaties that would permit, "without French interference," the U.S. to invade English areas of Canada (which happened during the War of 1812-1814 - the only attempted invasion of Canada in Canadian history) and Bermuda, while France would attempt to take the British West Indies.

France supported the breakaway of the New England colonies for their own military and political reasons. France had no interest what-so-ever in anyone's "freedom" - as so many have been misled into believing with historical-revisionism propaganda.

When a violent minority of the New England colonists rebelled, France hypocritically supplied and assisted them, while maintaining an oppressive grip on its own French colonies in Louisiana and what is today eastern Canada. Their sole intent was to break England's military connection to the colonies that England created in New England so that France could invade and take them over for itself. The plan was not carried out only because Napoleon Bonaparte's imperial wars in Europe squandered the French army (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).

New France
1804: Joseph Priestley, English cleric, chemist, one of the discoverers of oxygen, died.

1806: British naval forces defeated the French at the Battle of San Domingo in the Caribbean.

1840: New Zealand became a British colony with the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

1899: At the of the "Spanish-American" War, U.S. imperial forces seized Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines from Spain (see also The Mexican Border Wall).

Uncle Sam
1922: Cardinal Achille Ratti was elected to succeed Pope Benedict XV as Pius XI.

1923: Edward Barnard died at age 66. He is considered to be the leading observational astronomer of his time; he discovered 16 comets and Jupiter's fifth moon, discovered "Barnard's Star" and published a catalog of dark nebula.

1933: The Nazi government of Adolf Hitler began news censorship in Germany (see The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1934: Massive riots in Paris; the government of Edouard Daladier resigned.

1936: Adolf Hitler opened the Winter Olympics in Berlin (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).

1952: King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland died at age 57. He was succeeded by his 26 year old daughter, Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth II
1958: An airplane carrying the Manchester United soccer team from the European Cup Match crashed on takeoff in Munich. 23 people were killed, including 8 members of the team and 8 journalists.

1964: France and Britain agreed on the joint construction of an English Channel tunnel.

2001: Ariel Sharon defeated Prime Minister Ehud Barak in Israel's election.





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