Rabbi, which is the great commandment in the Torah? Yahusha said unto him, You shall love את Yahuah Elohayka with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Torah and the prophets.
When someone asks “how do I love my neighbor as myself?” the answer is simple. The Torah (Yah’s instructions in righteousness) already explain this to us. This photo is more for illustrative purposes than showing actual commandments, but as you can see from the get go, the 2 commandments which Yahusha recited were both Torah laws in their own right.
And you shall loveאת Yahuah Elohayka with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. – Deuteronomy 6:5
You shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am Yahuah.
The Messiah nearly quoted these verbatim. And for good reason. The commands do in fact roll up under these. All of the Torah is instructions on how to either love the Most High or love others. Let’s look at a few examples.
Deuteronomy 22:4 If you see your fellow Israelite’s donkey or ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it. Help the owner get it to its feet.
You could clearly apply this to today. If you see someone’s car with a flat tire, you should probably pull over and help them, or if someone’s stuff has flung all over the road, etc. The idea is that something has happened during travel and the person needs help. Personally, I have a general rule here, which is the person is sitting patiently in the car waiting, there’s likely nothing I can do and probably someone coming already. But if the person is outside the vehicle either changing a tire or actively waiving for help, or even walking somewhere, that’s a no brainer.
If you meet your enemy’s ox or his ass going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him again. If you see the ass of him that hates you lying under his burden, and would forbear to help him, you shall surely help with him. Exodus 23:4-5
If you find someone’s animal, bring it back to him. Today, since most of us have dogs and cats, finding a lost dog is much more likely. But in any event, bring it back! Here’s another example, straight from the mouth of Machiach.
29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Yahusha, And who is my neighbor?
30 And Yahusha answering said, A certain man went down from Yerushalayim to Yeriycho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 And likewise a Leviyiy, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Shomeroniy, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever you spend more, when I come again, I will repay you.
36 Which now of these three, do you think, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?
37 And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Yahusha unto him, Go, and do likewise.
Showing compassion, willing to spend your own money, taking time out of your day. These are all objectively good and the Messiah instructs us to do likewise.
Deuteronomy 22:8 When you build a new house, then you shall make a battlement for your roof, that you bring not blood upon your house, if any man fall from thence.
This is an interesting command. It pertains to safety. Obviously, I think with modern architecture, falling off a roof isn’t really an issue. Nonetheless, I’d still include a parapet. But besides that, I think you can infer from this command that we should be thinking about the safety of others in anything we create or are responsible for, specifically in or around your property. More to come.