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Friday, April 8 2016

Mark 12: What Did The Pharisees Teach Differently From The Sadducees?

"There arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both"

The Messiah's "true vine" teaching is one of His most famous. It portrays how the Messiah is "the Way" to the Father, by means of the Holy Spirit that flows through the Truth - like electricity through a wire. And, as with an electrical wire, if the circuit is cut, or shorted by bad wiring, its light withers into darkness - and may result in those responsible for it to burn (the principle of the lesson is also found in the "light under a basket" teaching; see Why Can't Light Be Hidden?).

"15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned." (John 15:1-6 KJV)

The nationalistic religious "authorities" of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism) had, by then, not only cut themselves off from the true vine, they had taken over the "vineyard" for themselves (see The Origin Of The Essenes, Sadducees And Pharisees). When the Messiah, the rightful creator and owner of it came, they cut Him off - or so they thought. Their Judgment before the True Light is yet to come.

Vineyard

"12:1 And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. 12:2 And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard. 12:3 And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty. 12:4 And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled. 12:5 And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.

12:6 Having yet therefore one son, his wellbeloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.

12:7 But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours. 12:8 And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.

12:9 What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others. 12:10 And have ye not read this scripture;

The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner: 12:11 This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

12:12 And they sought to lay hold on him, but feared the people: for they knew that he had spoken the parable against them: and they left him, and went their way." (Mark 12:1-12 KJV)

When the Pharisees, Sadducees and the Herodians could not get Him to sin in matters of the Holy Scriptures, they attempted to entrap Him politically with the Romans (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Roman Judea).

"12:13 And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.

12:14 And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? 12:15 Shall we give, or shall we not give?

But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.

12:16 And they brought it.

And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

And they said unto him, Caesar's.

12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.

And they marvelled at him." (Mark 12:13-17 KJV)

Although the Pharisees and the Sadducees occupied the religious council and the High Priesthood, they had major differences in doctrine, as stated by Saul the Pharisee after he had been converted to the apostle Paul (see Paul's Blindness Lesson).

"23:7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. 23:8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both." (Acts 23:7-8 KJV)

It was from that disagreement, as well as a shallow understanding among those who did accept the Truth of the coming resurrection, that they asked the question of marriage in the Kingdom of God (see Resurrection and Reincarnation: What's The Difference?). Once again, the Messiah gave them an answer that they weren't expecting - but at the same time could not refute (see the Fact Finder question below).

Sadducee

"12:18 Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying, 12:19 Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man's brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 12:20 Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed. 12:21 And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise. 12:22 And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also. 12:23 In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.

12:24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? 12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven. 12:26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? 12:27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err." (Mark 12:18-27 KJV)

Then, "perceiving that He had answered them well," they asked another question - about the Ten Commandments. It was obviously another attempt to make Him stumble with His Words (to understand what "stumbling blacks" means in the Word of God, see Satan's Sandals), but once again His answer could not be refuted without them refuting what they taught (see The Two Super Commandments), so "no man after that durst ask him any question."

"12:28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?

12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

12:32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: 12:33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

12:34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question." (Mark 12:28-34 KJV)

King David was given amazing prophetic detail of the coming Messiah - including the Bible's only witness of the Crucifixion through the Messiah's own eyes as it was happening (see David's View From The Cross). King David was a very good witness of the Messiah, even though he lived centuries earlier (see The LORD Is My Shepherd and David's Resurrection Prophecy; also What Did King David Prophesy About Judas Iscariot? and David's View Of Hell Fire and Paradise).

"12:35 And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David? 12:36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost,

The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.

12:37 David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son?

And the common people heard him gladly.

12:38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, 12:39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: 12:40 Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation." (Mark 12:35-40 KJV)

The Pharisees and the Sadducees also abused people financially (see The Mammon Of Past And Present and What Does The Bible Say About Lucre?).

"12:41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. 12:42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.

12:43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: 12:44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living." (Mark 12:41-44 KJV)

Fact Finder: What "marriage" will there be in the Kingdom of God?
See Who Did God Choose As The Messiah's Wife?


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This Day In History, April 8

217: Caracalla (Marcus Aurelius Antonius), the 23rd Roman emperor, a man noted for his brutality (even for Roman emperors; see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), was assassinated at age 29 as he launched a second campaign against the Parthians.

632: Charibert II, King of Aquitaine, was assassinated at Blaye.

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876: The Battle of Dayr al-'Aqul between the forces of the Saffarid amir Ya'qub ibn Laith and the Abbasid Caliphate. The battle repelled Ya'qub's advance on Baghdad (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).

1093: Winchester Cathedral was dedicated by Walkelin.

1513: Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon landed in Florida and claimed it for Spain (for a map of the actual four voyages of Christopher Columbus to "America," see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1525: Albert von Brandenburg, leader of the Teutonic Order, became Duke of Prussia (not to be confused with Russia; Prussia is in Germany). He made Prussia a Protestant state.

1546: The Council of Trent adopted Jerome's Latin Vulgate as the official Bible of the Roman Catholic Church. It includes the 15 apocryphal books which are not accepted by most "Protestants" (ironic, since the "Protestant" churches kept nearly all of Rome's antichrist doctrines; see also 2 John: The Bride Of Christ and The Great Harlots).

1808: The Church of Rome's presence in the U.S. grew when the Diocese of Baltimore (in Mary-land) was promoted to an archdiocese, along with the founding of the dioceses of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Bardstown (now Louisville) by Pope Pius VII.

1808: "The American Fur Company" was incorporated in New York State by John Jacob Astor. It dominated the fur trade of the central and western U.S. during the first third of the 19th century (see also Who Invented Fur Coats?).

Thomas Douglas 1820: Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, died at age 48. The Scottish-born philanthropist and colonizer established settlements in Canada's Prince Edward Island and near Lake St. Clair in Upper Canada ("Upper Canada" was a term based on the flow of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean; Lake St. Clair is in southern Ontario) and in the Red River Valley of Manitoba.

1838: The Great Western sailed from Bristol, England, on its first voyage. It was the first to make regular Atlantic crossings.

1866: Italy and Prussia made an alliance against the Austrian Empire.

1904: The Entente Cordiale was signed by Britain and France. It settled disputes over Newfoundland, West Africa, Egypt and Morocco.

1908: Herbert Henry Asquith became Prime Minister of England.

1938: Italy invaded Albania. King Zog fled to Greece.

1942: U.S. and Filipino forces surrendered to Japanese invasion forces in the Philippines.

1946: The League of Nations began its final session in Geneva after being replaced by the United Nations.

1952: U.S. President Harry Truman called for the seizure of all domestic steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike.

1962: The CIA "Bay of Pigs" invaders were sentenced to 30 years in prison in Cuba.

1970: The Bahr el-Baqar incident. Israeli warplanes bombed an Egyptian school, killing 46 children.

1973: Spanish painter Pablo Picasso died at age 92.

1977: Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel admitted that he had violated the country's currency laws. He later resigned.

1986: Jennifer Guinness of the well-known brewing family was kidnapped in Ireland and held for a 2 million Pound ransom.

1992: Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat survived a plane crash in the Sahara Desert. The plane's 3 crew members were killed.

2006: The Shedden massacre. The bodies of 8 men were found in a field near Shedden, a town in southern Ontario, Canada. The murders were linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.

2013: Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, died at age 88.


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