On this episode of Real Israel Talk Radio – Season 2, Episode 67, Program 3, we are going to continue with a close look into the Bible’s lessons on biblical love to help us to better understand how the Almighty Eternal One defines our human attribute of LOVE.
So, what exactly is love? Generally speaking, if you ask folks to define it, you will likely get a barrage of varying opinions and definitions. I think, however, what’s more important is not so much about how humans define love. Rather, I think our Creator’s definition is far more important to grasp and understand.
To help us understand the deeper aspects of what Love is really all about, join me in taking some time to consult Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (the Testimony of the Hebrew V’ahavta) as it relates to Leviticus 19:18 along with Yeshua’s teaching in Matthew 22:34-40 and Paul’s teaching in Philippians 4:8-9. Each of these biblical teaching lessons will give us a definition that is likely different from how we typically hear about the attribute of love and how scripture defines it.
Based on how love is typically understood in everyday life, it seems to come across as something that must be earned or merited in much the same way that we are expected to pay for something that we buy or acquire. In other words, I should do something for you because you do something for me or perhaps if you want my love then you must show yourself worthy of receiving it. Well, none of this fits in with the definition of divine love in scripture. And especially what often blurs how we should rightfully understand true love is our misinformed viewpoint of Leviticus 19:18, which is translated from Hebrew into English as,“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” If I am reading the Hebrew correctly and reading it within the right context of all of scripture’s teachings on love, Leviticus 19:18 and Matthew 22:39 are rather telling us that Yehovah is loving us and with this, we are to freely give it to others as Yehovah gives it to us.
Therefore, it appears from the Hebrew grammar of Deuteronomy 6:5-9 and Leviticus 19:18 that we have incorrectly understood the divine concept of biblical love because it is not about our love for God; rather, it’s about God’s love for us and what we are supposed to do with it.
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