The Golden Rule Facts for 3-8 Year Olds

(Matthew 7:12)

Categories: Sermon on the Mount

  • Jesus has been encouraging his disciples to trust in the love of the Father, God.
  • Then he gives them the Golden Rule.
  • He says, “So therefore, in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.”
  • Many cultures have similar sayings.
  • Confucius says, “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”
  • Leviticus 19:18 states, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
  • Legend has it that a non-Jew approached Rabbi Hillel and demanded to be taught the whole of the Torah (the Jewish Scripture of Law) while he stood on one leg.
  • The rabbi said, “Whatever is hateful to you, do not do to anyone else. This is the whole of Torah.” He added, “The rest is commentary. Go learn.” Commentary is a lot of explanation.
  • Many scholars have pointed out that Jesus’ Golden Rule is positive, saying what to do, while the others are negative.
  • The negative form only tells us not to do bad things to someone else. So you would be “good” by not doing anything.
  • The positive form requires more. It tells us to do good, to go out of our way to be helpful.
  • Do unto others what “you” would have them do unto to you.
  • You can think of that “you” with an exclamation mark at the end of it—You!
  • Discipleship takes work. Everything that is given by God is to be done for others.
  • Because God loves us, we need to go out and love others.
  • People know how they want to be treated, so that tells them how to treat others.
  • So, we answer the question, “How do I want to be treated?”
  • The Golden Rule requires service to others.
  • This can only be done because the disciple loves God above all else.
  • Jesus says that “this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
  • The “Law and the Prophets” means Scripture.
  • He could be saying that this Sermon sums up the law and the prophets. Wow!
  • Or, he may be saying that this one sentence is all you need to know to be good.
  • If you can do the Golden Rule, everything falls into place.
  • Disciples will know what to do; disciples will trust in God’s love.
  • By repeating “the law and the prophets,” Jesus shows the beginning and end of this section.
  • At 5:17 he states, “Do not think I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
  • This sermon shows us how exactly to live life.