What Did Jesus Say was the Greatest Commandment?
Jesus was quoting the “Shema,” a Hebrew word meaning “Hear and Do:”
All Israel knew the Shema; it was written upon their hearts, memorized, and taught diligently to their children. It was recited while sitting at home, when walking outside, when lying down and rising up…
But then Jesus went on to quote Leviticus 19:18 and He said it was like the first:
How is Loving YHVH Like Loving Your Neighbor?
Jesus revealed a Spiritual mystery. If we think we can love YHVH, who we cannot see, yet we hate people we don’t understand the Oneness of YHVH’s Spirit.
With the same mouth we bless YHVH our Father, and we curse men, who were made in YHVH’s image:
Why can’t we say we Love YHVH if we Hate People?
Jesus explained the meaning of the Shema, to Hear and Obey. It begins by establishing YHVH (He Is, He Was, He Will Be, the Eternally Living) as Israel’s God and that He Is One.
What does it mean to Love YHVH with all your heart, (leb) soul (nephesh) and might (meodecha)?
If we Love YHVH we do what He instructed us to do, which included Leviticus 19:18, “Love your neighbor.”
Who is My Neighbor?
Jesus answers with the parable of the Good Samaritan. The Samaritans were despised and the story was offensive to the religious expert, but Jesus told him to go and be like the merciful Samaritan.
Does YHVH’s Word instruct Israel to hate their enemy?
Jesus cleared up this false teaching, and made sure everyone understood the word Neighbor, Rea in Hebrew, includes your enemies.
Love YHVH and Love Others
“All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:40
And these Two Commandments are Like One