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Sunday, January 21 2018
Why Did They Say That They Had No Right To Kill The Messiah?
"Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from My Father; for which of those works do ye stone Me? ... Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye Him, and judge Him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death"
Stoning was the LORD-commanded method of execution for those who violated the LORD's Law (see also A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation). Examples:
"24:13 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying ... 24:16 And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death." (Leviticus 24:13,16 KJV)
There were times however when the people perverted the LORD's command for their own rebellious purposes. A prime example of that was when they wanted to stone Moses for leading them to their freedom (see The Israelite Wanderland).
"17:4 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me." (Exodus 17:4 KJV)
The most hideous example of the people misusing the LORD's command for their own rebellious purposes was when they tried to stone the Messiah because of the Truth that He spoke.
"10:25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. 10:26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 10:29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. 10:30 I and my Father are one.
The unbelievers continued to plot to kill the Messiah, but they encountered a problem - killing Him themselves would cause a revolt of the people of Judah against them. So, they decided to let the militarily-powerful Romans do it. But the Romans declared that they were not going to involve themselves in matters of religious Judaism - hence the religious council's political accusations against the Messiah.
When the religious authorities declared to the Romans that they had no right to execute anyone, they obviously were not talking about stoning a violator of religious law. They were referring to their inability to execute political and military offenders of Roman military law. In reality however, they manipulated the haughty and gullible Romans to carry out a religious assassination for them.
"18:28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover. 18:29 Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man?
Fact Finder: Why did they stone Stephen? Was it for "political" reasons or for false "religious" reasons?
This Day In History, January 21
763: The Battle of Bakhamra during the Alid Revolt (an uprising by the Hasanid tribe of the Alids against the governing Abbasid Caliphate) between Alids and Abbasids near Kufa ended in an Abbasid victory.
1189: The Third Crusade began with the united military forces of King Henry II of England, King Philip II of France, and the "Holy Roman" Emperor Frederick Barbarossa (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). Also known as the King's Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs).
1356: King Edward de Balliol vacated his throne to Edward III of England after his authority over Scotland declined in favor of the supporters of King David II.
1525: The Swiss Anabaptist Movement was founded when Felix Manz, Conrad Grebel, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptize each other in the home of Manz's mother in Zurich (see Anabaptists).
1542: The Bill of Attainer was passed by Parliament against Queen Katherine Howard.
1549: The first (of four in total) British Acts of Uniformity were passed by Parliament, requiring the Anglican Church to use the Book of Common Prayer (later called the First Prayer Book; see also Is 'Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust' Really In The Bible?).
1604: Tsar Ivan IV defeated the False Dimitri, who claimed to be the true tsar ("tsar" is the Russian version of "caesar").
1720: Sweden and Prussia signed the Treaty of Stockholm to end their "Great Northern War." Prussia was a key German kingdom in the German Empire ("Reich"; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1793: King Louis XVI of France, who ruled from 1774 to 3 years after the revolution of 1789, was executed for treason. He was decapitated with the newly-invented guillotine.
1924: Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin died of a stroke at age 54.
1936: After the death of his father King George V, Edward VIII became king. He resigned the throne later that year to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced US woman. Edward was succeeded by George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II.
1942: German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (the "Desert Fox") mounted a counter attack against British forces in North Africa.
1950: Eric Arthur Blair died at age 46. Best known by his pen name, George Orwell (a name inspired by the Orwell River in England), the English writer was the author of numerous famous works, including the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four from which the terms "Cold War" and "Big Brother" originated.
1959: Hollywood movie maker Cecil de Mille died. He is most famous for his 1956 film The Ten Commandments.
1965: The Prime Minister of Persia (known today as Iran; see also Ancient Empires - Persia), Hassan Ali Mansur, was assassinated.
1976: The supersonic Concorde airliner made its first commercial flights. Two of the aircraft flew from London to Bahrain and Paris to Rio de Janeiro (see also Who Was The First To Fly?).
1977: Almost all Vietnam War draft evaders were pardoned by President Jimmy Carter.
1984: Britain's first "test-tube" triplets (two boys and a girl) were born in London.
2003: A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the Mexican state of Colima. It caused 29 deaths destroyed about 10,000 homes.