When I began searching for the truth about God, I began noticing a thread of evidence that stretched from the Old Testament through the New Testament. And then I began noticing the same thread or law in the history of man and nations, and in every day life. We call it the Golden Rule. Jesus said, “Whatever you would have done to yourself, do to another. This is the law and the teachings of the prophets.” He was saying that the Ten Commandments and the
moral teachings of the prophets were based on and explainable by using the Golden Rule. Suddenly a understood and saw a spiritual law in motion that had evaded detection for centuries.
There are so many stories in the Bible that are plainly “Golden Rule” stories. The story of Jacob and Esau is an example. Their Father, Isaac, was blind. In order to steal Isaac’s blessing to Esau, Jacob pretended to be Esau by preparing his father’s favorite meal, that was supposed to have been prepared by Esau, and even putting animal skins on his arms, so that he would feel like Esau to his father. He pulled it off, and received the blessings. Then seven years later, after
making a contract with his Uncle Laben to work for seven years to obtain Laben’s daughter’s, Rachel, hand in marriage. Then Jacob received what he had done to his brother Esau. Rachel’s older sister, Leah, pretended to be Rachel on the night of their wedding. Jacob was unable to see in the darkened tent, and consummated the marriage with the wrong sister. He then had to work
another seven years for his true love, Rachel.
Jacob’s son, Joseph, was sold into slavery to the Egyptians by his brothers, who represented
the nation of Israel at that time. Israel became slaves of the Egyptians years later. What the patriarchs of Israel wanted for another was given to them.
God agreed with Satan that he could persecute Job to test him and his loyalty to God. Job’s ten children will killed in an earthquake, all his livestock were stolen, and the weather destroyed his crops. Job lost everything, and still he was persecuted with boils that covered his body. It wasn’t until Job spoke with God that his punishment was lifted. God instructed Job to pray for his three friends, who had sinned by giving Job bad advice about his situation, so that God would
not punish them. Job prayed that the punishment of his three friends be lifted, and Job’s punishment ended, all his belongings were, also, restored ten times over.
Judges 1:6-7 “6 But Adoni-bezek fled ; and they pursued him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and big toes . 7 Adoni-bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and their big toes cut off used to gather up scraps under my table ; as I have done, so God has repaid me.” So they brought him to Jerusalem and he died there.”
Daniel’s enemies devised a scheme to get rid of him by having him thrown into the lion’s den. Daniel, miraculously survived the night in the lion’s den. Then he was taken out, and his enemies and their families were thrown into the lion’s den and were devoured. What they wanted for Daniel, they received for themselves.
The book of Esther tells the story of an influential man named Haman, who hated Esther’s Uncle Mordecai simply because Mordecai refused to bow down to him. He built a gallows to hang Mordecai, and had the king proclaim a certain day that the Jews throughout the kingdom would be killed and their belongings taken as bounty. After Esther’s intervention on the part of her uncle Mordecai and her people, Haman and his sons were hung on the gallows that he had
built for Mordecai, and Mordecai was given all of Haman’s wealth and possessions. Again, what Haman wanted for others, happened to him.
There are many examples of the Golden Rule in King David’s life. The one that stands out is the story of his son, Absalom, attempting to depose his father and take over the kingdom of Israel. The story tells us that David fled from his palace into the wilderness, allowing Absalom to simply walk in and take over. It tells us that Absalom was so arrogant about his supposed victory that he slept with David’s ten concubines, that David had left to take care of the palace, in order to show his dominance over King David. David, on the other hand, was traveling on
foot to go into hiding, and along the way, was being insulted, cursed, humiliated and had rocks thrown at him from a single man named Shimei. David’s followers asked permission to kill Shimei, but David said no, “Let him alone, and let him curse; for so the Lord has ordered him. It may be that the Lord will look on my affliction; and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing this day.” 2 Samuel 16:11. When the battle between Absalom and King David finally
happened, Absalom suffered an undignified death, and David, who had humbled himself, was victorious.
There are many more examples of the Golden Rule, not only in the Bible, but we see it in everyday life. Whatever we do to another, will be done to us. Or as Paul wrote, “Be not deceived. God is not fooled, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he, also, reap.” Our thoughts and actions are the seeds, that become our own personal future. But don’t take my word for it. Pay attention to your attitudes and actions toward others, and see if those actions aren’t repeated in your own life. Or watch others, and how they are repaid for their will for others. You’ll soon see that good is repaid with good, and evil is repaid with evil. Then you’ll understand, as I did, that you are creating your own future by how you treat others. It’s frightening, yet it is a relief to discover, that you do have control over your future in ways you never imagined.
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