GOD WANTS US TO VALUE EVERYONE
Genesis 1:27;9:6; Matthew 5:21-22;22:36-40;
Mark 10:46-52 January 20 2008
Having made all humans in His image, God views all human
life as sacred and every person as valuable and important.
God expects His people to recognize His image in others
and to value everyone as He does (Gen. 1:27;9:6).
While the Old Testament law prohibited murder, Jesus also
condemned anger and verbal abuse. Since all people are
made in God’s image, people should treat each other with
respect and consideration (Matt.5:21-22).
Keeping the first commandment necessitates keeping the
second commandment. We cannot love God without loving
those made in His image. As god actively loves people, we
need to demonstrate love and concern for others
As Jesus lift Jericho on his way to Jerusalem, Bartimaeus,
a blind beggar, cried out for healing. When people in the
crowd commanded him to be quiet, the man cried out even
louder. Jesus stopped and asked what he wanted. When
Bartimaeus said, "I want to see," Jesus declared the man’s
faith had healed him and instructed him to go his way.
Immediately he could see and began to follow Jesus along
the road. As Jesus met the needs of this man, so believers,
needs to meet people’s needs (Matt. 10:46-52).
1. Honor Everyone (Gen. 1:27; 9:6)
Gen. 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of
God he created him; male and female he created them. 9:6
“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed;
for in the image of God has God made man.
This highly significant verse is the first occurrence of poetry
in the OT (which is about 40 percent poetry). Created. The word is
used here three times to describe the central divine act of the
sixth day (Gen. 1:1). Male and Female like they bear the image of
God, and together they share in the divine benediction that follows.
Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood shed. In
the later theocracy, those guilty of premeditated murder were to
be executed (Ex 21:12-14; Nu 35:16-32; Rom. 13:3-4;
1Peter 2:13-14). Fod in the image of God has God made man.
(Gen.1:26 ) In killing a human being, a murderer demonstrates
his contempt for God as well as for his fellowman.
2. Respect Everyone (Matt. 5:21-22)
Matt. 5:21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long
ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject
to judgment.’ 5:22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with
his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says
to his brother, ‘Raca, ’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But
anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
It was said. The contrast that Jesus sets up (Matt. 5:21,27,
31,33,38,43) is not between the OT and his teaching (he has just
established the validity of the OT Law). Rather, it is between
externalistic interpretation of the rabbinic tradition on the one
hand, and Jesus’ correct interpretation of the Law on the other.
Murder. Several Hebrew and Greek verbs mean “kill.” The ones
used here and in (Ex 20:13) specifically mean “murder.”
Raca. May be related to the Aramaic word for “empty” and
mean “Empty-head!” Sanhedrin. ( Mark 14:55). Hell. The Greek
word is Gehenna, which derives its name from a deep ravine
south of Jerusalem, the “Valley of (the Sons of) Hinnom”
(Hebrew GE HINNOM). During the reigns of the wicked Ahaz and
Manasseh, human sacrifices to the Ammonite god Molech were
offered there. Josiah desecrated the valley because of the
pagan worship there (2Kings 23:10; Jer 7:31-32; 19:6). It
became a sort of perpetually burning city dump and later a
figure for the place of final punishment.
3. Love Everyone (Matt. 22:36-40)
Matt. 22:36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment
in the Law?” 22:37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God
with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your
mind.’ 22:38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
22:39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as
yourself.’ 22:40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these
(Matt.22:37,39) Love. The Greek verb is not Philed, which
expresses friendly affection, but Agapao, the commitment of
devotion that is directed by the will and can be commanded
as a duty. (Matt. 22:37) With all your heart. . . Soul. . . Mind.
With your whole being. The Hebrew of (Dt 6:5) has “heart. . .
soul. . . strength,” but some manuscripts of the Septuagint
(the Greek translation of the OT) add “mind.” Jesus combined
all four terms in (Mark 12:30).
The law and the Prophet. The entire OT (Matt. 5:17). The
law. The first five books of the Jewish Scriptures (our OT).
The prophets. Not only the Latter Prophets —Isaiah, Jeremiah
and Ezekiel, which we call Major Prophets, and the 12 Minor
Prophets (lumped together by the Jews as “the Book of the
Twelve ”)—but also the so-called Former Prophets (Joshua,
Judges, Samuel and Kings). Taken together, “the Law” and
“the Prophets” designated the entire OT, including the
Writings, the third section of the Hebrew Bible. (matt.13:35),
where Matthew introduces a quotation from the Writings
(Psalms 78:2) with “what was spoken through the prophet.”
Fulfill. Jesus fulfilled the Law in the sense that he gave it
its full meaning. He emphasized its deep, underlying
principles and total commitment to it rather than mere
external acknowledgment and obedience.
4. Value Everyone (Mark 10:46-52)
Mark 10:46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his
disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the
city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus),
was sitting by the roadside begging. 10:47 When he heard
that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus,
Son of David, have mercy on me!” 10:48 Many rebuked him
and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more,
“Son of David, have mercy on me!” 10:49 Jesus stopped
and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man,
“Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 10:50 Throwing
his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
10:51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked
him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” 10:52
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately
he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Jericho. A very ancient city located five miles west
of the Jordan and about 15 miles northeast of Jerusalem.
In Jesus’ time OT Jericho was largely abandoned, but a new
city, south of the old one, had been built by Herod the Great.
Leaving the city. Luke says Jesus “approached the city”
(Luke 18:35). He may have been referring to the new Jericho,
while Matthew (Matt.20:29) and Mark may have meant the
old city. A Blind man. . . Begging. The presence of a blind
beggar just outside the city gates, on a road pilgrims
followed on the way to Jerusalem, was a common sight
in that day.
Nazareth. (Matt. 2:23). Son of David. A Messianic title
(Isa 11:1-3; Jer 23:5-6; Eze 34:23-24; Matt. 1:1; 9:27). This
is the only place in Mark where it is used to address Jesus.
Rabbi. Hebrew word for “(my) teacher.”
No individual or agency can meet the needs of
all people in the world . Even working together we find our
world has greater needs than we have time and resources.
We can follow the example of Jesus in ministering to
those with whom we come in contact. Jesus took time to
minister because He, like His Father, valued all people and
sought to meet the needs of those around us. By doing so
we demonstrate their value and importance to God and