Scripture Reading: James 2:1-13
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Ask—in prayer. Seek—diligent effort. Knock—importunity, continual coming. Words increase in degrees of intensity.
Give to those who ask, not to dogs and pigs who despise what is offered.
God waits to be wanted. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Bread and fish—what Christ provided when He fed multitude. Good, useful things, not jets!
Stones and serpents may be similar to what was asked, but do not provide anything helpful.
Asking is an understanding of His character. To not ask means you think His character is bad.
Golden Rule. Sums up all past revelation and will be practiced by Christ—wants us to give our lives to Him so He gave His life for us.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.38 This is the first and great commandment.39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Hang—as a body hangs on a cross. Depends on, sums up whole law. Rest of commandments merely expanded on these two foundational ones.
Leviticus 19:14-18—only time love neighbor is said in OT.
Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the Lord.15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.16 Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am the Lord.17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.18 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.
Deaf and blind may not know who did it, but God does—fear Him!
Judge—will not give an unrighteous sentence, will be fair with.
Stand against blood—act against their life, possibly to not defend. Not suffer sin—not participate in his sin, letting their bad things go, forgiving, lest you fall into sin yourself.
Neighbor—companion, fellow creature, other humans. They took it to mean other Jews, Jesus corrects this misunderstanding.
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Owe—love is the one debt that is never paid, there’s never a time when you’re done.
Sin hurts people. Most loving thing you can do for someone is to obey God’s commands.
Briefly comprehended—summed up, similar idea to hang.
Love worketh no ill—love seeks to help, not hurt. Love restrains us from evil and provokes us to good.
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
Occasion to the flesh—used for selfishness, which is not love. Do not use it to indulge in fleshly lust. Fulfilled—complied with, meets the demand.
Bite and devour—turn and rend you. Partisan hatred. Consumed—the unity of the Body of Christ will be completely destroyed by allowing party spirit to take hold in you.
1 John 4:10-12
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
Perfected—has its full effect in us, achieves full maturity. How you know God’s love is in you.