Lists can be useful. Without a grocery list, shopping takes twice as long, and I inevitably arrive home to discover that I’ve forgotten crucial items.
|Winslow Homer’s “The New Novel”|
|Ferdinand Holder’s “Reading Man”|
Jesus was not the only rabbi of his day to favor such an approach. Rabbi Hillel offered a summary that bears a significant resemblance to the Golden Rule: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.” In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus himself says, “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12)
|Andre Derain’s “The Cup of Tea”|
Don’t look simply for a list of DO’s and DON’Ts in the Bible. Instead, look for the truth whose presence shimmers and pulses in every story, every commandment, every parable, every Psalm. Listen for the rhythm of God’s own heart in the flesh. And try to walk in step with that rhythm. Walk in love as Christ loves us.