If you just do two..
Irreverent Consequences (Rewind)
by Skip Moen, D. Phil.
I know I like it and I assume you might as well, consistency. When we eat at a restaurant we want to return, order the same meal, and have it taste the same. When I open a product the second time I expect it to be like the first.
So a nagging question asked, is God inconsistent? Are things different now that they were before. Really ask yourself that question. Because if you answer yes, then you can get change again. It has a possibility of being different when used again. You just don’t know.
Two instructions, all of any other instructions will fall under these two when boiled down to their base. But here is my challenging thought, can you only do one? Is it really possible to do only one? At least according to the way the book says.
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Torah?”
37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love Adonai your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ [a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ [b] 40 The entire Torah and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
So, to be clear, this is not a declaration that Torah does not exist (as in no longer has any purpose for us) or that there are only two instructions. It categorizes them into two columns. YHVH and PEOPLE.
Love has always been the common denominator between the two, from day one, literally. But can you do one and not the other? I guess then operative teacher answer might be that you CAN but rather should/would you? But I want to go deeper and suggest that you really CANNOT. They both have to be done together or neither is complete.
Our Community challenge is to live out the best we know how, the two. I believe that they both are much more complex and hence the other “613” to give us clarification in so many different areas that affect either of the two. We need all of the help we can get…