Robins were treated to a special RE lesson today. Mr Crooks took over! He took the opportunity to introduce a local church (St Nicolas’ Church, Kings Norton) and read an extract from the Bible.
7 The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus 2 and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders. 4 When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.)
5 So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”
6 He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:
“‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
7 They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human rules.’
8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”
In this passage we learn that Jesus didn’t make his followers keep the food laws. He said that the Pharisees had got it wrong!
Moreover, we looked at how Christians believe that the essence of The Ten Commandments to be love for God and love for others.
The Most Important Command
35 One Pharisee was an expert in the law of Moses. That Pharisee asked Jesus a question to test him. 36 The Pharisee asked, “Teacher, which command in the law is the most important?”
37 Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and most important command. 39 And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’[b] 40 All the law and the writings of the prophets depend on these two commands.”
Finally, we had a discussion, if someone really loves God and really loves other people the way they love themselves – are any other laws needed?