Do you think the Roman soldiers stationed in Jerusalem held the Jews in high regard? Most likely not. What do you think the Roman soldiers called the Jews? Probably some of the most vile names ever imagined by humans.
After all, the Romans were the elite conquerors of the world. Their pagan gods helped them to win victory after victory while the God of Israel allowed His chosen people to live in servitude. Thus, how could the Romans think highly of the Jews?
How many times does scripture say that Jesus rebuked the Roman soldiers for their attitudes? Never, not even once. In fact, Jesus said:
And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. (Matthew 5:41)
Roman Law allowed their soldiers to force Jewish men to carry their equipment or dispatches for one mile. It did not matter how unreasonable the demands or how inconvenient it might have been for the men, Jews had to submit. The Jews obviously hated this law.
So, can you imagine what the Jews thought when Jesus stated that people ought to not only submit to the law, but to even do more than what was required of them?
What if the Lord asked us to love every Liberal, every Conservative, every white person, every black person, every Arab, every whatever, even though they reviled and scorned us, and then to go even beyond that for them?
Today, I prayed:
Lord, help us American believers to love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to those who hate us, and pray for those who spitefully use us and persecute us, so we are known as sons and daughters of our heavenly Father. (Based on Matthew 5:44-45)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?
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