Proverb

April 4, 2009

Here is an ancient Jewish proverb:

“What is hateful to thyself do not do to another. That is the whole Law, the rest is Commentary.”

I find this to be exactly the message of a great Jewish philosopher and rabbi, Jesus. In Mark, chapter 12 verse 28 to 31, Jesus is confronted by some teachers of the religious law, where they ask him what the greatest commandment is. Jesus replies, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

I love that Jesus says that the greatest commandment is to love God and to love people as ourself. Notice, Jesus says that we must love others as ourself. We must love ourself, too. The essence of the proverb and the teaching of Jesus is to love. And to quote a good friend, Zack, “It is all about love.”