There are 613 commandments in the Old testament. 248 positive commandments corresponding to the parts of the body and 365 negative commandments corresponding to the number of days in the year.
Jesus said, if you love………. what were those commandments- we have two from left 19:18 and Deut. 6:6 is this what jesus meant Surely it isn’t as simple as that, or is it. Was jesus about founding a new religion sort was he about getting the jewish one right, better. Maybe there is some answer in where the commandments are to be found; life commandments treat others as you would like to be treated- Matthew and Luke forgive Matthew and Mark do not hide your light under bushel.
Matthew end disputes quickly "whatever causes you to sin get rid of it "- matthew- "do not swear oaths"- matthew "turn the other cheek"- matthew "go the extra mile"- matthew give to the poor- Matthew pray privately - Matthew lord’s prayer- matthew fast in secret- Matthew don’t store up treasures on earth- matthew do not worry about material needs- ,Matthew don't worry about future- Matthew seek God above all things- Matthew sheep goats- Matthew follow narrow path to life- matthew exercise power over unclean spirits- Matthew love the children- matthew resolve disputes- Matthew baptise all nations- matthew Good smaritan- luke be prepared- luke bemerciful- luke faith commandments born again john abide in me John accept the Holy Spirit John love as I have loved you- John keep ,y commandments- John have faith mark So, it was iN john that jesus said follow my commandments, but in John there aren't many commandments to follow which can summarised as thus- change you life and live in me, live in my love. And off course to live in love, to receive God’s love changes us implicitly and covers all the commandments we can think of. And in John this is a new love. So that’s John, let us go back to the synoptics ad the two great comandments- love the Lord your God with all your….. and your neighbour a yourself. Matthew and mark have Jesus saying it, Luke as the lawyer saying it and Jesus agreeing. In Matthew because this is part of the great debate, the two Kingdoms coming together in battle. It is in Matthew that the summary of the law becomes a summary of the whole law, and also a prism through which we are to see all the teachings of the prophets. Mark though is less detailed about how we should love God, neighbour which is the list of Matthews commandments, for Mark the outward expression of the great commandments is not necessary, but is almost becoming old testament like in detail. Matthew is always at pains to demonstrate how, mark leaves it to the reader. These commandments to love God and neighbour aren't the persuasive right of Jesus. isalm, obviously Judaism, buddhism and other religions have this these commandments is some form or another as central to their faith systems. In fact love your neighbour is a central element in atheistic religious systems such as humanism. It is a common sense approach to communal living, a not trying to proselytise for members of the club, but simply this will enable you to live, truly live. Jesus wasn't about setting up another religion, whether we go down the Matthew version of Jesus simply coming to fulfil the law and the prophets, but that stance suits version because he was writing for a jewish audience and he didn't want to alienate them, but bring them in. For Mark and Luke the story is trying to tell us that the two Kingdoms, Jesus Kingdom and the world kingdom can be reconciled, that there are people on both sides who recognise and agree in the validity of the other. so what does that mean for us- how do we live out the commandment that if we love jesus we will fulfil his commandments. That indeed we will love everyone, enemy included, we will recognise the validity of the position of those who may not live in our kingdom but where the two kingdoms agree we will acknowledge the righteousness of the otherside. that the commandments are there as broad life living principles. on what does this mean, well it alludes to the futility of nationalism, the to pointlessness of having a them and us dialogue. we are one global world and yet we continuously want to break it down into small constituent parts.that is because in all our thinking we spend our time thinking and praying about what is right for us. this is simply wrong. To be a christian is to think about what is right for others and this is no academic exercise that has no relevancy in our daily lives. How we each votes- depends on our desires or will you vote to support the poor and marginalised, the refugee and the asylum seeker which may cost you more. do we really follow Jesus command to love him and to follow his commandments, or do we only do so when it suits us.