Skip to content

INTRO TO COMMANDMENTS EXODUS 20 ‘MATT 22:35-40’ ‘LOVE GOD AND YOUR NEIGHBOR’

June 22, 2010

MATTHEW 22:35-40

THE TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS ARE LOVE GOD AND YOUR NEIGHBOR

I)                    LOVE IS THE BEGINNING AND ENDING/GOAL OF THE LAW —‘DEPEND/HANG ALL THE LAW/PROPHETS’

  1. LAW IS GIVEN IN CONTEXT OF REDEMPTION: RECALL 10 COMMANDMENTS…WE LIVE FROM REDEMPTION, NOT TO GAIN REDEMPTION
  2. AS PER LAST WEEK, THAT GOD SPEAKS IS LOVE, THAT GOD REVEALS IS LOVE, THAT GOD SHOWS US WHAT PLEASES HIM IS LOVE, THAT GOD LEADS INTO LOVE IS EVEN MORE AMAZING!
  3. 10 COMM. EXAMPLES – NO OTHER GODS. WHY? NONE ARE BETTER   NO IMAGES..WHY? NONE CAN CAPTURE THE BEAUTY OF GOD   NO ADULTERY…WHY? GOD LOVES COVENANT FAITHFULNESS IN ALL OF LIFE   NO LYING   WHY? GOD LOVES TRUTH BEC HE IS TRUTH!   NO MURDER  WHY? BEC GOD IS LIFE AND LOVES LIFE! HE IS THE ESSENCE OF PURE BEING, HE IS!!

II)                  LOVE FOR GOD IS PRIORITY

  1. BY DEFAULT, THE CREATOR IS FIRST…HE IS THE ALPHA
  2. LOVE FOR HIM AS SAVIOR…RE: 10 COM. CONTEXT..’BROUGHT YOU OUT OF EGYPT’
  3. CAN’T LOVE MAN PROPERLY UNLESS FIRST LOVE GOD…WE’LL SEE IN A MOMENT WHY THIS ONE HAS TO BE FIRST
  4. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LOVE GOD? ‘WITH ALL YOUR HEART, MIND, SOUL, STRENGTH, ETC.’

                                                               i.      LOVING HIM WITH ALL OUR FACULTIES; WITH ALL THAT MAKES US HUMAN!

  1. INCLUDING THE MIND…ONE CANNOT HAVE TRUE ASSURANCE WITHOUT OBEDIENCE, AND YET ONE CANNOT HAVE OBEDIENCE WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING/KNOWLEDGE OF THE COMMANDS
  2. THERE CAN BE KNOWLEDGE W/OUT PRACTICE, BUT CAN’T BE PRACTICE W/OUT KNOWLEDGE.  WE NEED TO BE A READING, STUDYING CHURCH, AND INFORMED PEOPLE.  WHY STARTED LIBRARY.

                                                             ii.      LOVING HIM TO THE FULLNESS OF OUR FACULTIES

  1. NOTE: GIFTS VARY, SOME LOVE WILL BE DISPLAYED SOMEWHAT DIFFERENTLY SOMETIMES
  2. WHAT DOES IT NOT MEAN?

                                                               i.      DOESN’T MEAN MAN IS FOUR/FIVE PART BEING…MAN IS BODY/SOUL OR BODY/SPIRIT..THOSE ARE USED INTERCHANGEABLE

                                                             ii.      THAT IT’S RELEGATED TO OUTWARD ACTS ONLY; LIP SERVICE

                                                            iii.      THAT WE CAN LOVE GOD AND NOT OUR NEIGHBOR OR THAT WE CAN INVERSE THE ORDER!

III)                LOVE FOR OUR NEIGHBOR

  1. WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? PARABLE: GOOD SAMARITAN…ONE WHOM YOU HAVE OPP TO DO GOOD FOR
  2. HOW IS THE SECOND ONE LIKE THE FIRST ONE?

                                                               i.      THERE’S A CORRELATION BETWEEN LOVING GOD AND HOW THAT’S MANIFESTED IN LOVING MY NEIGHBOR (MINISTERING, SERVING, EVANGELISM, ETC)

                                                             ii.      BOTH ARE LOVE CENTERED…LOVE FOR PERSONS AS PERSONS…GOD IS PERSONAL AND MAN IS A PERSON

                                                            iii.      LOVE FOR THE IMAGE OF GOD IN MAN, IF I LOVE GOD, I’LL LOVE HIS IMAGE RELFECTED! THIS IS THE PRIMARY REASON WE SHOULD HATE ABORTION, NOT BEC A HUMAN LIFE IS TAKEN, THAT IS EVIL ENOUGH, BUT THE FACT THAT THE IMAGE OF GOD IS STRUCK OUT AGAINST!

                                                           iv.      FIND IT INTERESTING THAT PEOPLE HAVE ASSURANCE OF THEIR LOVE FOR GOD BUT NOT MANIFEST LOVE FOR THEIR NEIGHBOR?!

  1. LIKE MYSELF?

                                                               i.      SELF-LOVE? IS IT THE SAME AS PYSCHOLOGY’S VIEW OF SELF-LOVE? LOW SELF ESTEEM? IS IT BECAUSE I DON’T LOVE MYSELF THAT I DO BAD THINGS OR MAKE WRONG CHOICES?  POP SAYING ‘YOU CAN’T LOVE OTHERS TILL YOU LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF”…GARBAGE! THIS DOESN’T SQUARE WITH SCRIPTURE! JESUS SAYS PROBLEM IS THAT WE LOVE OURSELVES TOO MUCH AND MUST DIE TO SELF TO COME TO HIM!

                                                             ii.      LOVE FOR SELF IS INNATE- WE ARE MEANT TO PRESERVE OURSELVES, BUT NO TO EXLUSION OF FOLLOWING CHRIST…THAT’S WHY LOVING GOD IS FIRST…EVEN SOMEONE WHO COMMITS SUICED IS LOVING THEMSELVES? HOW? BECAUSE OF GETTING RELIEF FOR THEMSELVES THEY DON’T THINK IS POSSIBLE ANY OTHER WAY!

  1. CF. EPHESIAN 5:29 “NO MAN EVER HATED HIMSELF, BUT LOVES AND CHERISHES HIS FLESH.”

                                                            iii.      In other words make your self-seeking the measure of your self-giving. When Jesus says, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” the word “as” is very radical: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” That’s a BIG word: “As!” It means: If you are energetic in pursing your own happiness, be energetic in pursuing the happiness of your neighbor. If you are creative in pursuing your own happiness, be creative in pursuing the happiness of your neighbor. If you are persevering in pursuing your own happiness, be persevering in pursuing the happiness of your neighbor. In other words, Jesus is not just saying: seek for your neighbor the same things you seek for yourself, but also seek them in the same way—the same zeal and energy and creativity and perseverance.  Now this is very threatening and almost overwhelming. Because we feel immediately that if we take Jesus seriously, we will not just have to love others “as we love ourselves,” but we will have to love them “instead of loving ourselves.” We fear that if we follow Jesus in this, and really devote ourselves to pursuing the happiness of others, then our own desire for happiness will always be preempted. The neighbor’s claim on my time and energy and creativity will always take priority. So the command to love my neighbor as I love myself really feels like a threat to my own self-love. How is this even possible? If there is born in us a natural desire for our own happiness, and if this is not in itself evil, but good, how can we give it up and begin only to seek the happiness of others at the expense of our own? The Necessity of the First Commandment to Fulfill the Second I think that is exactly the threat that Jesus wants us to feel, until we realize that this—exactly this—is why the first commandment is the first commandment. It’s the first commandment that makes the second commandment doable and takes away the threat that the second commandment is really the suicide of our own happiness. People are designed to receive and enlarge your joy in God. Love them the way you love yourself. Show them, give them—through every practical means available—what you have found for yourself in God.

IV)               SO HOW DO I GROW IN MY LOVE FOR GOD AND MY NEIGHBOR?

  1. YOU CAN’T…IN YOUR OWN NATURE

                                                               i.      IT IS A SUPERNATURAL WORK – DESCRIBE THE NATURAL HEART AS ENMITY AGAINST GOD. AND AS RESULT OF ENMITY AGAINST GOD, HEART WILL NOT TRULY LOVE NEIGHBOR EITHER. IT WILL USE PEOPLE, I’LL SCRATCH YOUR BACK, YOU SCRATCH MINE.

                                                             ii.       SO TO NOT LOVE GOD IS THE GREATEST EVIL…NOT MURDER, NOT SEXUAL SIN, NOT CUSSING, BUT NOT LOVING GOD IS THE GREATEST EVIL…FROM THIS SIN SPRINGS ALL THE OTHER SINS! 1 Corinthians 16:22 If anyone does not love the Lord, he is to be accursed. Maranatha.

  1. TO SAY THAT JESUS DIED FOR MAN’S SIN IS TO SAY THAT CHRIST DIED TO ATONE FOR AND REPLACE MAN’S HATRED FOR GOD!
  2. BY THE UNDERSTANDING THE GOSPEL

                                                               i.      WITHOUT CHRIST, YOU MUST SEEK HIM, YOU MUST PLEAD WITH HIM TO SHOW MERCY TO YOU…YOU MUST MAKE DILIGENT USE OF ALL SERVICES, TIMES, MINISTERS, SERVANTS TO TEACH YOU THE THINGS OF GOD OR ELSE YOU PERISH!

                                                             ii.      WE MUST CONSTANTLY PREACH THE GOSPEL TO OURSELVES.

  1. CF READING THRU ONE YR BIBLE – GOSPEL IN ABRAHAM – WE KNOW THAT FROM ABRAHAM THE PROMISED LINE IS COMING; JOSEPH – WE SEE HOW GOD PRESERVED THAT LINE SO WE COULD HAVE THE SAVIOR, ETC.

                                                            iii.      ‘HE WHO LOVES LITTLE HAS BEEN FORGIVEN LITTLE, HE WHO LOVES MUCH LOVES MUCH’

                                                           iv.      ‘WE LOVE BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US.’ – 1 JOHN 4:19

                                                             v.      1 JOHN 4:7-8 “ANYONE BORN OF GOD LOVES BECAUSE GOD IS LOVE.”

                                                           vi.      LOVE IS THE GREAT SECRET FOR OBEDIENCE TO GOD…NO OTHER MOTIVATION WILL SUSTAIN OBEDIENCE OR BE PLEASING TO HIM!

  1. W/OUT LOVE, IT’S BECOMES LEGALISTIC/PHARISAICAL AND BURDENSOME
  2. W/OUT LOVE, IT BECOMES ANTINOMIAN/LAWLESS AND CHAOTIC
  3. WITH LOVE, HIS COMMANDMENTS ARE NOT BURDENSOME AND DISORDERLY
    1. HOW DO THEY APPEAR TO YOU AT THE MOMENT????
    2. ARE YOU KNOW AS ONE WHO LOVES YOUR NEIGHBORS?!
    3. GAL 5:22 “THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS LOVE.”

                                                          vii.      it is overwhelming because it seems to demand that I tear the skin off my body and wrap it around another person so that I feel that I am that other person; and all the longings that I have for my own safety and health and success and happiness I now feel for that other person as though he were me. AND ISN’T THIS EXACTLY WHAT CHRIST DID FOR US? HE TOOK ON FLESH?! THAT LEADS ME TO MY NEXT POINT?

V)                 HOW DID CHRIST FULFILL THESE TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS?

  1. IN WORD
  2. IN DEED
  3. IN THOUGHT
  4. IN SUBSTITUTION FOR YOU

                                                               i.      FOR UNBELIVERS

                                                             ii.      FOR BELIEVERS

Advertisements
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: