Go and do likewise…
In the context of the Christian message – what do you think is the most important part of the message of the Gospel?
One of the surprising things I noticed about God-in-Christ relating to human beings was the Son of God actually asking someone what they thought. Seeking their opinion.
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”
Regarding the word ‘Selah’ – a word used in the Psalms, the nearest we can get to its meaning is: ‘stop and think this over’.
So do so – stop and think over how strange this is. The Divine maker of heaven and earth asking a human being how he reads something. How he understands it.
Allowing myself to get a little out of context – What do you think is the most important part of the Christian message?
And how about telling God Himself what you think it is, as though He asked your opinion – as in “How do you read it?”
Having decided what it is – and having told God in prayer – your reading of things, find out what He wants to add.
You will find as you answer the question – and offer it to Jesus Christ in prayer, that you will have no alternative but to search further into the Bible to find if you are right or wrong.
As in the case of the man who was an expert in the law of God – you may well be right – BUT…
God will add to your understanding, as He did here. If you (we) take the time to search further.
This man had his understanding developed by The Son of God. He was right in his conclusions, but they needed advanced and developed in order that he consider other things, embracing a fuller picture. Just as you and I need to develop in the things of God.
If your answer to my question: “what is the most important thing in the Gospel message?” – involves correct understanding of the Bible – you can be sure that Jesus will follow our right conclusions, (after adding His), by also saying to us, (as he did to the man in the passage quoted) –
37 …“Go and do likewise.”