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The Messiah's Synagogue

The Hebrew word (pronounced) moe-ade means congregation or appointed time. The word is found over 200 times in the Old Testament, variously translated as congregation, appointed, time, feast, season, assembly - and once (in the King James) as synagogue:

"74:8 They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land. 74:9 We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long." (Psalm 74:8-9 KJV)

In the New Testament, the Greek word (pronounced) soon-ag-oh-gay, meaning an assembly of people, is translated as synagogue. Jesus Christ was an observant Jew, "observant" as in obeying God's Law in the way that God actually commanded, rather than merely in ways of man's traditions (see Did Jesus Break The Law?). As such, He attended synagogue and was an active participant, even a popularly-accepted one, at first.

"4:15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up [see also The Departure From Nazareth]: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day [see also The Day Of Christ's Resurrection], and stood up for to read." (Matthew 4:15-16 KJV)

"4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching The Gospel of The Kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people." (Matthew 4:23 KJV)

"He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read"

The Messiah (see also The Messiah's Triumphal Entry Into The Temple) did not reject worship at synagogue, whether His own local synagogue, or synagogues throughout the land (as stated in the verse quotes above). But the leaders of the synagogues rejected Him, because of the Truth that He taught. He was an overwhelming threat to their corruption and error, so they "held a council against him, how they might destroy him" (see below).


"12:8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day [see also The True Christian Holy Days: Lesson 8].

12:9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: 12:10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.

12:11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? 12:12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.

12:13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. 12:14 Then the Pharisees went out [see also Was Paul Among Them?], and held a council against him, how they might destroy him." (Matthew 12:8-14 KJV)

As has happened over the centuries to Christian-professing churches, the mis-leadership were using God's place of worship as a showplace for themselves, a theater for their vanity and ego. They hated Christ because He upstaged them, not with Himself, but with the Truth.

"6:2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

6:3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 6:4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward." (Matthew 6:2-5 KJV)

Christ warned His "sheep" (see Examples To The Flock) to be on guard against those who seek to glorify themselves, with their own self-righteous, self-serving religious philosophy, rather than to glorify God by obeying Him.

"10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

10:17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; 10:18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. 10:20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you." (Matthew 10:16-20 KJV)

Fact Finder: What has happened to most of God's true people over the centuries who have sought to worship God in humble truth, rather than through some pompous hypocrite who claims to stand between God and His people?
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