Thursday, November 08, 2007

Israel, 3

As promised, today I will discuss what Christ said about the Pharisees, and next time I will close this series up with proof that today's Zionists are spiritually and in some cases physically/historically descended from the Pharisees, using the Zionists' own theological and philosophical works.

To discuss what Christ said about the Pharisees, I will mostly use the Gospel of Mark. Matthew and Luke say much the same, but Mark is a shorter Gospel.

In Mark 2, four men drop a paralytic on a bed through the roof of the house where Jesus was staying, and Jesus forgives the paralytic's sins. Scribes were there (in using "Pharisees," scribes and priests and others connected to the religious establishment, as well as the Saducees, are implied as well.) The scribes reasoned in their hearts that Christ blasphemed because only God can forgive sins. Christ read their thoughts and said to them, paraphrasing, why should they think it is so difficult to forgive sins verbally than to say get up and walk, which would be a much more difficult thing to make happen verbally; and just to prove He really had that power, he told the partalytic to get up and walk, which he did. Later (verses 15-22), Jesus and the disciples were eating with sinners in the house of a "publican". So the Pharisees and scribes saw this and said to Jesus' disciples how can this be that Jesus could eat with sinners? Jesus answered that He came not to save the righteous but the sinners, calling them to repentance. The Pharisees questioned how is it that they and the disciples of John the Baptist fast for sin, but not Jesus and His disciples? Jesus told them that since "the bridegroom" (HIM) was with "the children of the bridechamber" (which could be construed as the bride), there was no need to fast, but that when the groom is taken away, then they shall fast. Now clearly a Christian can discern this, but not the Pharisees, who, not discerning the meaning of putting new wine only into new wineskins, completely missed the point. It is amazing to me, who grew up believing the Jews were the chosen people, that this statement in Mark 22 about the wineskins clearly states that the Mosaic Law believing Jews (let along the Talmud and Kabbalah believing Jews, Zionist or not) WERE NOT going to be the chosen people, but the Jews of that time who threw aside the rule of the Pharisees and were called to accept Christ would be the new wineskins for the new wine of Christ's Covenant. Then, in verses 23-28, the Pharisees rebuke Christ and the disciples for gathering corn on the Sabbath, which to them was unlawful. Christ said, again I paraphrase, that what King David did in eating the sacred bread of the priests in the Tabernacle of God when he was hiding from his enemies would have bene considered unlawful as well, and that the Sabbath was made for man and not the other way around.

So then in Mark 3, verses 1-6, Jesus cured a withered hand of a man on the Sabbath in a synagogue as the Pharisees watched and as He read their hard hearts. After Christ cured the hand, the Pharisees began to plot to kill Christ, in conspiracy with the Herodians who called themselves Jews but worshiped the Roman Emperor. In verse 21, friends of Christ believed that Christ was perturbed (that is, "beside himself") over not being able to eat the food laid out since multitudes kept on pressing Him for teachings. When the Pharisees heard about this Christ being "beside himself" they conjured up the notion that Christ "hath Beelzebub" within Him and by that Christ "cast out demons". Christ called in the Pharisees and said to them, "How can Satan cast out Satan?" It is in this section, verse 29, where Christ makes His famous "he that shall blaspheme the Holy Spirit" shall (as most Christians falsely believe) be "eternally damned." (As I explain elsewhere, the notion of "eternity" was unknown at that time and the Greeks had no word for "eternity": the word "anion" used here actually means "age-long".) So what does "blaspheming" the Holy Spirit mean? Here it means that the Pharisees, in claiming that Christ (Who had the Holy Spirit within Him as per Mark 1:10) was possessed by demons, meant that the Pharisees were claiming the Holy Spirit within Him as being demons instead. to call the Holy Spirit an agent of Satan is to "blaspheme the Holy Spirit," a sin which is NOT unpardonable, only unpardonable in a certain time frame!

IN Mark 4, where the Sermon on the Mount is given, Jesus tells the disciples that when it comes to speaking to those Jews He has not called and chosen, He will ONLY speak in parables, so that they will NOT discern His words and teachings. The only thing that could possibly mean is that Christ has NO INTENTIONS of truly reaching the average Jew on the street, but only those He calls. He is NOT about to call the typical Pharisee! A few such as Nicodemus and Joseph of Aramathea are called and become His disciples, but only a very few (just as throughout history only a remnant of Jews have become Messianic "Jews for Jesus").

Coming to chapter 5 we have the story is Jesus bringing the daughter of a "ruler of the synagogue" back to life. This could onl have happened because Jairus, the ruler, believed that Christ could do this (see verse 36). Now the rest of the household did not believe, so Christ told them to leave. But Jairus and the mother did believe so were allowed in to see Christ bring her back to life.

In Chapter 6, Christ commissioned the disciples to be able to heal and drive out demons, sending them off (verses7-8 and 12-13...I discussed this issue in my denunciation of Part 1 of the "Zeitgeist" movie wwhich claimed Christ was/is a myth).

Then in Chapter 7 Christ tells the Pharisees that just because the disciples did not wash their hands it didn't mean the disciples were defiled: it is what comes from the heart and from the person that defiles or not. But a very amazing set of verses comes later in Chapter 7, when Jesus cures the daughter of a Gentile (a Syrio-Phonecian of Tyre and Sidon). The woman asks Christ to cure her daughter or demons. Christ replies that (verse 27), "Let the children be filled first: for it is not right to take the children's bread and give it to the dogs" (note, just as Israelis today consider the Palestinians "dogs" [and just as Palestinians consider Jews "dogs"!], so in those days the Jews considered Gentiles no better than dogs, and the same went for Samaritans). But the woman, who obviously had faith, replied that even the dogs go under the table and eat the crumbs (of the Word of Christ). Because of her faith, Jesus healed her daughter (verse 29).

IN Chapter 8, Jesus fed four thousand on seven loaves of bread and a few small fish. When they left and arrived in Dalmanutha, the Pharisees asked Christ to provide them a "sign from heaven." Christ answered there will be no sign given unto "this generation." When Christ and the followers left, the disciples "forgot to take bread." Christ dissed this by saying, "Beware of the bread of the Pharisees and of Herod."

After the Transfiguration of Christ (Chapter 9) in the desert before Peter, James and John, they return to the rest of the disciples, and the multitude and scribes were there as well. A man brought his son who had a "dumb spirit" within him to Christ to be healed because the disciples couldn't do it. Later Christ told the disciples they couldn't cast out the demon because that type of demon only gets expelled through prayer and fasting. They then went through Galilee incognito, where Christ told the disciples that Jesus would soon be "delivered into the hands of men to be killed, and rise on the third day."

Chapter 10 brings another scathing rebuke from Christ to the Pharisees. The Pharisees tried to trap Christ into saying that what Mosaic Law commanded regarding a man "putting away" his wife with a "bill of divorcement" was righteous and pleasing to God. But Christ ripped their logic to shreds by saying even that was wrong, that once God joined man and wife NO ONE should render this null and void EXCEPT for unfaithfulness, and, further, if the divorced man married someone else that was "adultery" against the former wife (and the same for divorcing females). So basically what Jesus was doing was overthrowing the old Mosaic law (by fulfilling the Law in
Spirit if not in letter).

Chapter 11 begins the climactic scenario of Christ being greatly received by the people in Jerusalem, the betrayal of the Pharisees, Herodians (and Judas, who couldn't help it because Satan had, by the Will of God, entered him for this purpose so that Christ could save all mankind...still, Judas, who tended to feel in his heart that Christ was an opportunity for personal enrichment, was the perfect candidate to betray Christ), His death and resurrection. When He overturned the tables of the moneychangers in the Temple, the "scribes and priests" plotted to destroy Him. It gets interesting in verses 27-33. They question as to who gave Christ the authority to perform miracles, cast out demons and speak as sent by God. But again Christ turned the tables on them. Christ responded to their question with a question: He asked them was the baptism of John (the Baptist) given from heaven or from men, and if they could respond He would tell them by what authority He did those things. So, being the hypocrites they were, they plotted which course they would take and, like Hillary Clinton, "triangulated" their response instead to saying what position they took openly. Since they couldn't decide if John's baptizing was from God or from men, they replied, "We cannot tell." So Jesus answered, "Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things."

But instead of just walking away, in Chapter 12 Jesus gets to the heart of the matter with the Pharisees. In this chapter is the parable of the planter, who, having planted a vineyard, sends a servant out to the husbandmen (the Jews) who rented the land. A servant was sent to collect the fruit that was due to the planter, but the husbandmen beat up the servant and sent him away. More servants were sent (by now you know the servants as the Old Testament prophets such as Elijah, Isaiah, and the others), until at last the planter (God) sent His son (Christ) because the husbandmen "would reverence him." Remember Christ is saying this to the Pharisees and scribes and priests. Christ says that "But the husbandmen said among themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.' And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard. What shall therefore the Lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard to others." This is in Mark 12:1-9. I am going to stop here with the rebuking by Christ of the Pharisees and their ilk, because this is the parable that gets to the heat of the matter of whom will be considered the chosen people: note, it is clearly not the Pharisees in particular and the Mosaic Law following Jews in general. Here Christ expounds on the fact that the Pharisees (and,ultimately, all the Jews who call for the release of Barabbas and call for the Romans to "crucify" Christ, and their heirs (see Matthew 27:25) will be disinherited from their "chosen people" status, which will fall to all believing Jews and all believing Gentiles (through the discipleship of Paul, who had previously, grievously, persecuted Christ's Jewish followers, the first Christians).

Deborah Lagarde

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