Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning (1 John 2:7).
I like going back to beginnings, that way I can return to original purposes. For instance, the first commandment Jesus made in Matthew is: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God,” (Matthew 4:4).
“The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, believe in the gospel,” (Mark 1:15).
In Luke we find: “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve,’” (Luke 4:8).
And in John: “Do not make My Father's house a house of merchandise,” (John 2:16)!
If everybody simply lived by these four, it would be a pretty nice world to live in. So which old commandment is being referred to by John? We’ll find out in the next few Bible Snacks. For me, I must go back to Genesis which is the book of Beginnings. Before I knew the Bible well, the Lord spoke to me in a sound sleep, and I literally jumped to my feet and woke up standing at attention, “Do not be afraid, Marty. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” I was so surprised to find that in Genesis 15:1. That’s my first commandment: Trust. What has the Lord said to you?