Tuesday, February 16, 2010

daily text 2/16

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
"All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must likewise do to them." (Matthew 7:12)

Only if we treat fellow humans in this way can we prove that we are true followers of Jesus Christ. After saying that we should treat others as we want them to treat us, Jesus added: “This, in fact, is what the Law and the Prophets mean.” When we treat others in the way that Jesus specified, we are acting in harmony with the spirit behind “the Law”—the writings that make up the Bible books of Genesis through Deuteronomy. Besides revealing Jehovah’s purpose to produce a seed that would do away with evil, these books set out the Law given by God to the nation of Israel through Moses in 1513 B.C.E. (Genesis 3:15) Among other things, the Law made it clear that the Israelites were to be just, were not to show partiality, and were to do good to the afflicted and to alien residents in the land.—Leviticus 19:9, 10, 15, 34.
(Watchtower issue: 5/15/08, 2:17, 18)