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Dr Bob Rephrasing Dr. Bob

Posted by David John on April 20, 2004, at 8:56:04

In reply to Re: please rephrase that David John, posted by Dr. Bob on April 17, 2004, at 11:59:34

Jewish people back 2000 years were looking for the promised Messiah, my statment"The Jewish people still deny that Jesus was the Messiah"should be rephrased " many Jewish people uphold the belief that Jesus was not the promised Messiah"

Jesus was himself a Rabbi and taught in the Temple when he was 11 years of age.
The disiples were all Jews and knew everything about the Jewish Laws.

Jesus came to "fulill the law" (Matt 5:17) not to confirm,as to many suppose it to means.The Pharisee taught such a servile adherence to the letter of the law that its remarkable character,as a pointing foward to something higher than its letter, was compleately overlooked, and that its moral precepts, intented to elevate men,were made rather the instrument of contraction and debasing their ideals of morality
While it was the aim of Jesus to call men to the Law of G-d itself as the supreme guide of life, the Pharisees multiplied minute precepts and distinctions to such an extent,upon the pretence of maintaining it intact, that the whole life life of Israel was hemmed in and burdened on every side by instructions so numerous and trifling that the law was almost, if not wholly,lost sight of (Matt,12:1-13;23:23;Mark3:1-6;7:2-4 Luke 13:10-17; 18:12
It was the leading aim of the Redeemer to teach men that true piety consisted not in forms,but in substance;not to outward obvervances,but in an inward spitit; not in small details,but in great rules of life....under the Pharisiac piety led to exactly opposite conclusions.
Unfortunatly this exclusive group(about6,000 Pharisees)2,000 years ago held the nation of Israel captive, therefore Jesus was a threat to the established religion and had to be dealt with . Shalom



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