There was a letter to the editor in the National Post that responded to an article that was about the trial of Adolf Eichmann. I’ll pick up the quote in the middle “When he writes that one of the 613 commandments in the Pentateuch is, “You shall not stand idly by when your neighbors’s life is in danger” he interprets the object of the precept as all. In Orthdox Judaism however, “neighbor” and “friend”, as in “love thy neighbor as thyself” refer only to a fellow Jew, according to the Talmud and other Jewish sages. It is only in the past two centuries that these commandments were broadened to include non-Jews.”
I’ve never heard anything quite so specific when ever I have heard a sermon on the either the good Samaritan or Love thy neighbor. What I find interesting about this, assuming that the letter writer is correct, is that after 1800 years the Jews have changed their position.
Psalms 110:1 “The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” The LORD will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of Your enemies.”
I see this as a case of Jesus ruling in the midst of his enemies. Even the people who hate Jesus, and Jews seem to hate Jesus more than anybody – it is very personal with them, are forced to change their beliefs because of the teaching of Jesus the Christ. Sooner or later every belief system has to be compared to Jesus. They are all found lacking, everyone knows it, Jesus rules.
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