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Wednesday, June 13 2012
Teaching In The Temple
After the Messiah's Ministry began, He frequently went to Jerusalem (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah and Where Is The Messiah's Royal Line?). While there, He "was daily in the temple teaching." What was He teaching? Unlike those already there, the Messiah taught "the Scriptures."
"14:49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled." (Mark 14:49 KJV)
Many (even in the Christian-professing world; see Antichristians and The Messiah's Warning About Christian Charlatans) have regarded Jesus of Nazareth merely as a philosopher, or even the inventor of a new religion. The Messiah was in fact a conservative teacher and a defender of the Scriptural Truth that had originally been given to the people of Israel - and of all of humanity, from which "Israel" was created (see The Journey From Ur Of The Chaldees, The Syrian Marriage Wells and Where Jacob Became Israel; also What Did The Messiah Say About Gentiles?). The people who opposed Him did so because they had created their own religion from what they had actually been given by the LORD - the reason that the Messiah chided them with "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God" (see How Did The Messiah's Levite Priesthood Change?). The Messiah taught from the Holy Scriptures, while those who opposed him taught little more than their own vanity.
"22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God." (Matthew 22:29 KJV)
While the Messiah frequently taught at the Temple after He began to preach, He was by then already well-familiar with the Temple - where He had already delivered the Gospel to the people there, even as an infant.
"2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child [see also Circumcision], his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
So too the famous incident of the Messiah when He remained in the Temple at the age of twelve, while the family had been in Jerusalem for Passover.
"2:41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover [see Nisan 14: The Sacrifice Of The Lamb Of God]. 2:42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 2:43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. 2:44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk [see The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth] and acquaintance. 2:45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 2:46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 2:47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 2:48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
Satan's "temptation of Christ" happened as the Messiah's ministry was about to begin. One of the places that Satan chose to provoke the Christ was the Temple (anyone who witnessed them there that day would have seen an ordinary-looking "homely" man talking with very attractive "pretty-boy" - see Who's Hiding On Your Wall?).
"4:5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
"From that time Jesus began to preach," first in Galilee, but thereafter very frequently in the south, in Judea and Jerusalem.
"4:13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 4:14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet [see also Why Bethlehem, Egypt, Nazareth And Capernaum?], saying,
"I sat daily with you teaching in the Temple"
The famous incident of the Messiah driving out the bankers and merchants from the Temple happened with His also-famous "triumphal entry" into Jerusalem. But the Messiah didn't just drive the scoundrels out and leave; "And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them."
"21:1 And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives [see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin], then sent Jesus two disciples, 21:2 Saying unto them, Go into the village over against you, and straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her: loose them, and bring them unto me. 21:3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.
The next day, after He had demonstrated His determination and His effectiveness of and for being in the Temple, He began teaching - much to the dislike of the anti-teachers who were already there.
"21:23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?
The Messiah only drove out those who had no right to be in the Temple (bankers and merchants - who themselves could have returned if they did so in a proper manner). Everyone else was welcome to listen and to learn. Jesus didn't ignore the religionists, but rather warned them to repent, with "the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you." Notice that He didn't necessarily say that they weren't going to enter, but rather that, at that point, "the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you" (among them being warned were a number of Pharisees who later became Christians, such as Paul and Nicodemus; see The Passed Over Pharisees).
"21:28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
Some of the parables that the Messiah taught referred directly to those who had taken charge of the Temple and made it into a dead-end religion, whereas the Temple's prophetic illustrative purpose was about eternal life (see the Fact Finder question below).
"21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: 21:34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
Rather than repenting with the lesson that the Messiah provided to them, they instead "sought to lay hands on him."
"21:45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. 21:46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet." (Matthew 21:45-46 KJV)
With His lesson to the "leaders" completed, while still right in their midst, Jesus then taught the people the true meaning of leader (see What Do Leaders Do?).
"23:1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
It was immediately after that teaching session in the Temple ("And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple") that the Messiah delivered His famous end-time Olivet prophecy, as recorded in all of Matthew chapter 24 (see also The Church In The End Time).
"24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple. 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down [see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?]." (Matthew 24:1-2 KJV)
It was the offended misleaders of the Temple that had the Messiah arrested and falsely accused. As He faced the mob, He asked, "Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me."
"26:55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.
The Temple officials used another traitor to the Truth, Judas, in their taking of the Messiah. When Judas later tried to undo his treason, he threw his blood money into the Temple precinct - the very place that Jesus taught.
"27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him [see The Long Shadow Of Judas], when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.
Even with His death, the Messiah left a final lesson at the Temple: "the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom" (see Why Was It Torn?, The Seals Of Prophecy and the Fact Finder question below).
"27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost [see Giving Up The Ghost].
Fact Finder: When and why was the Temple holy? When and why did it cease to be holy?
This Day In History, June 13
81: The Roman Emperor Titus (reigned 79-81) died at age 42. As a military commander before succeeding his father Vespasian, it was Titus who inflicted the prophesied destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?).
122: Construction began of Hadrian's Wall in Britain during the time the island was under Roman occupation (see Ancient Empires - Rome). Named after the emperor Hadrian (reigned 117-138), parts of the 120 kilometer (75 mile) wall remain visible today.
313: The Edict of Milan, signed by Constantine the Great and co-emperor Valerius Licinius granted "religious freedom" throughout the Roman Empire i.e. the "freedom" to submit to Constantine's perverted version of Christianity, including worship on the Roman/Babylonian "Sun Day" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Observe The True Sabbath?; see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1249: Alexander III was crowned as King of the Scots.
1321: Italian playwright Dante Alighieri died. His farce Divine Comedy was the inspiration for much of the Vatican's development of the doctrine of an ever-burning hell fire and the non-existent Purgatory.
1515: King Francis of France battled the Swiss army under Cardinal Matthias Schiner at Marignano in northern Italy.
1525: The monk Martin Luther married the nun Katharina von Bora, thereby violating the Church of Rome's celibacy rule. Luther became known as a protestant reformer, although he maintained most of the antichrist doctrines of Rome (e.g. Sunday; see Antichristians, Friends Of Jesus and Why Observe The True Sabbath?), as do most of the "Protestant" churches to this day.
1549: Pope Paul III ended the first session of the Council of Bologna.
1609: Henry Hudson entered what would later be named New York harbor and claimed the area for Holland.
1611: Fabricius discovered sunspots.
1833: Robert Lyon, a law student, became the last (known) person to be killed in a duel in Ontario. He was killed by former friend (obviously) and fellow law student, John Wilson, who was acquitted of murder and later went on to become a Member of Parliament and a judge.
1871: A hurricane killed 300 people in Labrador.
1893: U.S. President Grover Cleveland underwent surgery to remove a large, cancerous portion of his jaw. The operation was not reported to the public until 1917, nine years after his death.
1898: The Yukon Territory of Canada was established, 2 years after the Klondike gold discovery. Dawson City was named the capital. During the goldrush, Dawson City was the largest city north of Seattle and west of Winnipeg.
1922: The highest recorded shade temperature, 58 degrees Celsius / 136 degrees Fahrenheit, was recorded at Al Aziziyah, Libya.
1934: Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini met in Venice, Italy. Mussolini later described Hitler as "a silly little monkey."
1942: During the Second World War, the German army began its all-out attack on Stalingrad against stiff Soviet resistance.
1944: During the Second World War, Germany launched its V-1 jet-powered bombing campaign on Britain that would kill 5,479 people and injure almost 16,000.
1971: The New York Times began publishing "The Pentagon Papers," a stolen collection of secret Vietnam War documents (a "Wikileaks" of that day). It was from that publication of embarrassing information that President Richard Nixon created the "plumbers," a group of White House operatives whose assigned task was to prevent further "leaks" - something that they disastrously failed to do when they committed the Watergate break-in that resulted in the fall of the Nixon presidency.
1978: Israeli Defense Forces withdrew from Lebanon (see also A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
2000: At the insistence of Pope John Paul II, the President of Italy pardoned Mehmet Ali Agca, 43, 19 years after shooting the pope in 1981. Agca was then returned to Turkey to complete a 10 year sentence for murder, of which he had served only 158 days before escaping.
2002: The U.S. withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty - while demanding that others reduce their weapons of mass destruction inventory.
2007: The Al Askari Mosque in Iraq was bombed, as it was the previous year.
2010: A capsule of the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa, containing particles of the asteroid 25143 Itokawa, returned to Earth.