Morning to the elect Christians hope everyone is having a great day in Christ. Today my Lord has put in my spirit to take a journey to the Last Supper with Christ. Before we get there we have to understand the history behind the Biblical narratives. This is one thing the churches fail to teach the Christian. the social and economic strata that affected everyone from the times of the ancients.
It is one thing to speak or post scripture like; ” For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth o in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
You can give an explanation of the verse but it is another thing to understand from history how we got to that statement. You have to understand the times and social and economic conditions of the Jews that led to that statement.
The last supper of Christ and His Disciples requires the same treatment. What was the social and economic conditions in 33 AD that affected everyday life for the Jewish people in Jerusalem ? The intercourse between Roman power, Rabbinical teachings surrounding everyday life in Jerusalem. How did this affect the remnant that followed Christ?
We start our trek in Babylon 538 BC where the Jewish people were exiled to. What was life-like for the Jews? We will take a look at the social strata.
There were several levels in the social hierarchy with the king at the top and the slaves at the bottom. In between, in descending order, were the nobles, the free citizens and those in military and civil service.
Taxes on the populace; they were taxed on grain, barley,wool,horses, live stock and at times silver. The man in charge of collecting the taxes was called the Grand Vizer. The tax rate was 10 per cent of all taxable goods. This was to support military campaigns, infrastructure support and government buildings plus the building of temples to their gods.
The earliest form of taxation concerning money came from the Greeks. It is worthy to note that silver was sometimes used for taxation. The Mosaic Law forbade the taxation in the form of coinage only from the produce of the land. Keep this in mind.
Babylon Law was called the Hammurabi’s Code which covered everything from theft, to murder, to adultery and abuse. Even though you had a variety of crimes the punishment was always the same, ” an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth”. If you killed another man you were put to death. There are other nuisances to this code. If the crime was committed between classes the higher the classes The more severe the punishment.
Mat.5:38, Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: What you see here is an influence of Old Testament to the New Testament.
Housing; the very poor, lived in tiny townhouses, typically they had three levels of living space. The courtyard, or first floor, in each house was very important. Behind the front door, a visitor might find a tiny garden and domesticated animals such as chickens. In Babylon, people threw their trash out their front door. Now and then, the city covered the streets with a new layer of clay. This buried the trash, but that made the level of the street higher. Sanitation was bad and the stench must have been something. Human waste appears to have been done in open pits outside the city. So the waste was keep in vessels in the house to be disposed of later.
Religion: In Babylonian religion, the ritual care and worship of the statues of deities was considered sacred; the gods resided simultaneously in their statues in temples and in the natural forces they embodied. An elaborate ceremony of washing the mouths of the statues appeared sometime in the Old Babylonian period. The pillaging or destruction of idols was considered to be loss of divine patronage; during the Neo-Babylonian period.
The elect Jews believed in faith an unseen God.
This is only a small silver of what life was like for the Jewish slaves in Babylon 538 AD. They were used to take care of the temples, statues and government buildings. Life was harsh and the stench of death was everywhere. So when they sat down for the Last Supper of the night with their Lord. The smells of the house and the city floated across the table. It had to have been awful. The elect never lost faith in the sight of death and broke bread with the Lord. The Last Supper.
Tomorrow we will meet in the streets of Babylon 538 AD. Come with a thirst and hunger, Christ will feed you.
Look at Christ on the Cross and tell him, I am a sinner, I want to follow you, forgive me for my sins and the sins of those committed against me. I believe at that point you are reborn and Christ will advocate for you in the Throne room.
Remember to dine in the Throne room with your Father, ask questions and say your prayers. If you do not know Christ, ask Him into your life.