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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.
"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].
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.
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.
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?