Friend of Israel
Love and Law
Let us hear the Shemah declare the commandment that embodies all commandments, the law of laws or as James the brother of Jesus referred to it the Royal Law.
Mark 12:28-31 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating... He asked him, 'Of all the commandments, which is the most important? 29 'The most important one,' answered Jesus, 'is this:Hear, O Israel31 The second is this: Love your neighbour
The apostle Paul, a Jewish Rabbi of the legalistic orthodox Pharisee sect, in his letters to the churches, teaches that love fulfils the whole law, offering as proof:
Romans 13:8-10 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, 'Do not commit adultery, 'Do not murder, 'Do not steal, 'Do not covet, and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: 'Love your neighbour
John, the son of thunder, passionately pleads the case of love, commending to us the divine agapay, distinct from common generic human love. This is the new wine, the fruit of the holy spirit operating in us, the sign of our brotherhood, the seal of God the father on us. John links the living law of love with sacrifice.
1 John 4:7-13 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his spirit.
Jesus, the living word, continually asserts the royal law, raising the stakes to new messianic, selfless and sacrificial heights. In the mouth of Jesus, love becomes an act of worship, an intimate sacrificial offering of obedience to the Father.
John 13:34-35 A new command I give you:His word is done, law, written in blood.35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another... John 14:21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him... John 14:31 The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me... John 15:9-13 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: