Does the Torah really command us to hate our enemies? Yeshua said, “You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy” (Mathew 5:43). This makes it sound as if Yeshua was replacing the Torah’s law “to hate our enemies” with a new law of love for our enemies: “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). This interpretation plays well into the hands of those who believe that Yeshua came to replace the Torah with a new law.
While it certainly is true that the Torah says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18), it contains no commandment to hate your enemy. Instead, Yeshua contradicted what must have been a popular adage among the Zealots: “Love your neighbor, but hate your enemy.” That is to say, “Love your fellow-Jew (i.e., your neighbor), but hate the Romans.” These sentiments do not derive from the Torah. Regarding the fellow-Jew, Torah explicitly says, “You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart” (Leviticus 19:17). The Torah requires a man to love even the stranger: “You shall love him as yourself” (Leviticus 19:34). Instead of instructing people to hate their enemies, the Torah requires us to show kindness to enemies and assist them when they fall into difficulty (Exodus 23:5, Deuteronomy 23:7). The Proverbs say, “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles” (Proverbs 24:17). The Master brought a correction to those who tried to justify hatred for their enemies. He told His disciples that, if they want to enter the kingdom, they must love their enemies, bless them instead of cursing them, and do good to them instead of evil. He told His disciples to pray for their persecutors: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28).
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers. Psalm 24:1
We made it to Israel! It has been crazy and surreal to be here and know that we are 8,000 miles from home - and so cool to be reminded Jesus is King over all the earth! There is so much beauty, life and culture here that I have never experienced. The people are beautiful, the country is beautiful...I cannot wait to start up first day of touring! It's currently 4am here so this whole jet lag thing will hopefully wear off soon...pray for us! Haha
Especially wanted to thank everyone who has supported me on this trip, whether it has been financially or in prayer, THANK YOU!! It is such a gift to be here. Can't wait to share about all I have seen! I will be posting more photos on Facebook if you want more, love you all!