The Sermon on the Mount: pt 17, Show His Kingdom: Begin Loving

by Steve Reynolds  /  Matthew 7:7-12  /  May 22, 2016

In 1961, partly as a result of his world travels, the illustrator Norman Rockwell painted the iconic piece shown; it is called “The Golden Rule” with the words of our passage written on it. It includes people from all walks of life, different ethnicities and of different ages; describing the piece, Rockwell would point out the people in the image such as the man with the hat in the upper right corner whom he described as part Brazilian and part Hungarian, a couple of college students & a young Jewish boy. But one thing I find particularly interesting about the painting is the inclusion of several different religions. When asked about this, Rockwell stated: “I’d been reading up on comparative religion. The thing is that all major religions have the Golden Rule in Common. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Not always the same words but the same meaning.” I’ve asked myself this question this week: Is he right? Do all religions basically teach this? Today, in our sermon, I pray that you will see that Rockwell misses one key aspect of the Christian teaching in the “Golden Rule” which is different from other religions. In our text today, Jesus taught his followers that their treatment of others is a direct response to God’s treatment of them; his goodness results in their goodness.