A few Christians will balk at the idea that I and others promote of Jesus/Yeshua not teaching anything new, but teaching only what is True. They can sometimes quickly point to the following verse.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
This verse gets twisted all kinds of ways by modern pastors wanting to tickle the ears of their check-writing sheeple in that the god of the New Testament is filled with Love, Mercy and Grace and just wants us to be happy. Puke.
Our Father is indeed filled with everlasting Mercies (Psalms 103:17) but its for those who keep His commandments and covenant (Psalms 103:18 next verse).
But is the modern day pastoralship that ignorant of the scriptures to suggest to their Sunday morning masses that “Loving Your Neighbor” is something new? Really? I used to be one of those counted among the ignorant on Sunday mornings because I never read my Bible the way I should have been reading it.
Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
But the stranger(GENTILE) that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the STRANGER, in giving him food and raiment.
BOOM! Here we see three examples in Torah where we are commanded to love our neighbor…and not just our neighbor but STRANGERS/Gentiles, meaning those who are NOT counted as Israel and grafted in.
Seeing clearly how our Messiah taught us Torah during His time on this earth, its important to understand that he taught nothing new, but only that which is true. The oral tradition in the Day of Yeshua and Jewish leaders was that you were NOT supposed to talk with or associate with a gentile. But this is not what Torah teaches. It teaches us we are to be set apart and a light to the nations. This does not mean we keep that light hidden from all others. It’s to be a beacon of refuge while at the same time remembering to walk ONLY in the ways of the Father.
Showing love for our neighbor DOES NOT mean we compromise our walk in those COMMANDMENTS we are instructed to follow.
Yeshua was simply teaching a new commandment to those following Him. A commandment that was new to the unlearned of Torah around Him because of the man-made FALSE DOCTRINE teachings of the religious leaders of the day.
2 John 1:5-6
“And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we LOVE ONE ANOTHER.” 6. “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.“
A commandment that is not new, just True.