In each and every province and in each and every city, wherever the king’s commandment and his decree arrived, there was gladness and joy for the Jews, a feast and a holiday. And many among the peoples of the land became Jews, for the dread of the Jews had fallen on them.
Esther 8:17 NASB
Yeshua (Jesus) said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34)
The Torah makes it clear loving others was not a new commandment (Lev. 19:18). So what was new? The *level and intensity* of how we love others.
People have a way of doing the bare minimum to show they love others (or that they love Yehovah, in how they keep–or don’t keep–His laws). Yeshua had just spontaneously washed His disciples’ feet. Then He said, “You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” (John 13:13-14)
In other words… If He is Elohim in flesh, then He owes no one anything. And He just washed their feet–covered in dirt and sand (and possibly animal feces, considering the state of their roads back then).
So what’s new? When it comes to love, we need to
Up. Our. Game.