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SOCIAL JUSTICE

October 22, 2016

Saturday

 

Matthew 7:12 

 

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

 

 

LESSON

 

The “golden rule” sums up the teaching of the Old Testament. The title “golden rule” traditionally comes from “the Roman Emperor Alexander Severus, who, though not a Christian, was reputedly so impressed by the comprehensiveness of this maxim of Jesus  that he had it inscribed in gold on the wall of his chamber.

 

Rather than giving scores of specific commands to govern individual behavior during the inter-advent era, as the Old Covenant did for the Mosaic era, Jesus gave this principle. It provides a rule we can use in thousands of specific cases to determine what righteousness looks like.

Doing to others what we would want them to do to us is what “the Law and the Prophets” taught. This behavior fulfills them. This behavior is the will of God, and that is why Jesus’ disciples should do it.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 31:9

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