Many teach that this next command is something new.
John 13: 34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
Does anybody truly believe that loving each other and having Faith is a new concept? Well we took a look into the Old Testament to see if Yahweh (God) commanded us to love each other in HIS Torah (1st Five Books of Old Testament). Let’s look at just a few Scriptures:
Leviticus 19: 18 “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am YHWH (God)”
Leviticus 19: 34 “The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the YHWH (God) your Elohim.”
Deuteronomy 10: 18 “So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.”
As you can see this so called “NEW COMMAND” is not so new at all. What you are seeing is that it is the first time Yeshua (Jesus) spoke it to HIS disciples. Another note to take is that so many believe that Yeshua (Jesus) was loving and Yahweh (God) was mean. NOT TRUE!!! They are the same Spirit having the same character. As you can see, the next verses talk about the same thing but they even state the command came from the beginning.
2 John 1:5-6: “Now I ask you, lady, not as though I were writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.”
When you read something that says “from the beginning”, it is referring to HIS Torah (1st Five Books of Old Testament). Those 1st Five books are divine instructions to us for moral living. NOW take notice of the next verses. John states once again loving your neighbor and each other has been around forever.
1 John 2:7-8: “Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word that you have heard. On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining.”
The only thing that has changed is we now have our Messiah. The commands have always been there since the beginning but now they are truly understood through HaMashiach Yeshua (Messiah of Salvation) as HE is the Light of the world. Why do so many teach we no longer have to follow the Torah (HIS Divine Instructions=Law=1st Five books of Old Testament)? Our belief is the enemy has infiltrated the Church to steer us away from Yahweh (God) and HIS perfect Son Yeshua (Jesus=Spirit come in the Flesh). In return this “off path” life steers us in the wrong directions, often leading us way far away from HIM. The Torah (Divine Instructions = 1st Five Books of Old Testament) points us to moral living and towards our Messiah and when HE came he pointed us back to it, always teaching from it and quoting it. So we had Yahweh (God) pointing us towards it. All the Prophets pointing us towards it and our own Messiah pointing us towards it. Why throw it out?