TEXT: Matthew 5:43-45
Jesus begins His next rebuke of man's interpretation of the Law by once again contrasting the human perspective and God's perspective. Man says, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But God says, 'Love your enemy also.' Now, the idea of hating one's enemy was never in the Law. That was something the Jews added on later to justify their disdain for other people groups such as the half-Jewish Samaritans, Romans, and other Gentiles. Because these people had not descended from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and did not worship the God of Israel, they were seen by the Jews as enemies. In fact, the Jews' hatred for other people groups was so well-known that the Roman government saw them as haters of humanity.