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I did some research to see if anyone has ever calculated the percentage of time that Yeshua spent rebuking the Pharisees relative to everything else He said. I was unable to find anything of that nature and I am not going to undertake the task myself, but I am confident that it is significant. It seems apparent to me that Yeshua spent a good portion of His time countering the religious rulers / dogma of the day. It was unquestionably the religious people, with the spirit of religion, who gave Him His most serious problems; including the cross.
Today I see a very similar situation. I can’t speak for others but for me, throughout my ministry which now spans two decades, I can unquestionably say that it has definitely been “religious” people who have caused me the most trouble. The spirit of religion is definitely alive and active.
As mentioned in previous episodes, when I was studying Christian apologetics my definition of religion was “a system, set, or collection of beliefs”: And then I would go on to say that EVERYONE has one: I believe these to be accurate.
I studied apologetics in hopes that “I might win some”. However, what I found when discussing doctrinal issues with religious people that they seem to want to hold on to their “religion” more than they desire a “relationship” with Yeshua.
I often found that often, they were not at all interested in truth, rather they just wanted to win the argument / “discussion”.
As mentioned above, in order to have a right relationship with God and a healthy relationship with others, the spirit of religion must be eradicated; especially from within ourselves.
Yeshua certainly did not have a “religious spirit” but He certainly DID rebuke those who did.
Saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.”
As I addressed Matthew 23:2-3 I discussed how the Hebrew Matthew translates this verse to say that God is instructing us through Moses in the Torah, or “the law” which is the foundation of the entire Bible. Special attention is also given to the word “observe” meaning “to watch over”, “guard”.
12:38 In His teaching Yeshua also said, “Watch out for the experts in the law. They like walking around in long robes and elaborate greetings in the marketplaces, 39 and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. …… These men will receive a more severe punishment.”
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
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