Sunday Service 19 June 2005 Do Unto Others
Do Unto Others as you would have them do unto you.
As a child my understanding of this verse was simple. Be nice.
I heard this verse telling me to be nice, 'cause that was how nice people act. They treat others the way they would want to be treated. I imagine I was sometimes corrected in my "un nice" behavior by the use of this verse. But there is a far deeper meaning when read as written, in context, and combined with the whole of scripture.
Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and the door shall be opened unto you: for everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 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? Matthew 7: 7-11 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. Matthew 7: 12
This verse is not just about being nice. There is direction and training in this verse. Have you noticed how the cheat is always afraid of being cheated? How the person that is always lying is always sure he is being lied to. There is a secular proverb that implies the same thought, "what goes around, comes around." (see also Luke 6: 27-38)
This is the law and the prophets. How do you ask, seek, knock? You answer, locate, open.
Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6: 38
Answer, locate, open, do unto others. It will be done unto you. Give to receive, teach to learn, feed to be fed, lead others to Jesus to get closer to him yourself.
Jesus, the law and the prophets, are not just saying "be nice." God is saying in effect: if you believe me, if you trust in me, do as I say. Faith is an act! If you have a need, it will be met just as you mete withal to others, but with greater abundance.
Faith is an act!
Answer, locate, teach, give, judge righteous judgment, love; do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Give quality and quantity, get more of each, and keep giving.
Follow God who in love gave his son to prepare the way for us to join God's family. As we accept Jesus, we are, in Christ, reflections of Jesus. God received many sons from that one all important sacrifice. There was another sacrifice leading to God's gift. Read Genesis chapter 22.
God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, Abraham obeyed and did everything necessary to sacrifice his son. On their way to the alter Abraham told his questioning son, "God will provide himself a lamb" (Jesus). God provided a substitute ram at the last minute. God spoke, Abraham obeyed; God provided at that time, and a far greater sacrifice on the cross. God spoke, Abraham obeyed, Abraham in faith gave, God gave back bigger and better.
Pressed down, shaken together, overflowing. Faith is an act!
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. Luke 6: 31
Give and it shall be given unto you.
Do unto others.
Jesus is Lord!