Filios meos hodie sedentem in paginis historiam pergit ad omnia coepit. Statim ut acceperitis litteras ex prophetis.
John 8; 40
But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
You seek to kill me that question has come down the path of history for thousands of generations and nobody ever gives an answer. Christ asked the same question to the church of the Pharisees to the elders the watchmen over the body of Christ. They answered ,” Are we not the seed of Abraham”? We were never in bondage to any man.
We have to give some insight to the Pharisees to the extent as to what they believed.
The Pharisees came into sight around 160 BC during the second building of the Temple in Israel. They were strict adherents to the Law the five books of Bible. One of their basic tenets was they believed in separating the clean from the unclean and they believed in the priesthood for all believers. This follows close with the teachings of Christ. Their interpretations of Law however were sometimes considered casuistic because they believed they must find interpretations that would help all people to keep the Law. There’s the rub to try and meld the Law to all people which becomes and impossibility due to the fact we are not all the same in our makeup. This is like trying to make a shoe to fit all. It would never work. The Pharisees also believed in the resurrection of the dead and had a developed angelology. It is not known that in their belief of the resurrection of the dead if that was just the flesh or the spirit or both. As far as angels they created a hierarchy of angels and demons.
It is noteworthy to note that the Talmud had 612 Laws to govern your every second of your life and they were also under the yoke of the Roman Empire who had their own Laws to live by. Then you had two commandments that no one could see. The Pharisees were so legalistic they could not see Christ standing in front of them.
The other train of thought is that the Pharisees were Hellenized Jews that adapted to a lot of the customs of the Greek Empire. A major literary book that came out of this union was the Septuagint, plus the Assumption of Moses, Testaments of the 12 Patriarchs, book of Baruch and the Greek version of the book of Baruch and the apocrypha.
The Hellenistic Jews came into prominence after the building of the second Temple in Jerusalem, during the 3rd to the 1st century, they were known as the pious ones along with the aristocrats. The Jewish High Priests went as far to start adopting Greek names. Throw in the emerging Roman Empire which also carried the gods and goddesses of the Greeks. What a messed up priest I am looking at.
So I am standing in front of him and the elders of the Church. They are all dressed up in colorful robes hats of all colors. Behind them is this mega temple with all the trappings. Drinking wine out of a golden chalice.
I am standing there in my shorts and a nice shirt and sandals drinking an ice tea. My hair is a little long getting a little old. The guy next to me is wearing some kind of white robe and sandals a plain vanilla wrapper.
So I asked the priest, In order for me to join your church and become pious. One I have to go to some educational class ,volunteer for all kinds of things and make sure I give my money to go into your treasury. Listen to you talk for the better part of an hour also I have to wear a suit at least with a nice pair of shoes. You believe in the 49 extra books of the Bible that are suggested reading that lie in the realm of metaphysical space.
The priest answered , Yes this is what is required.
I thought for a minute, I remembered that time I went to a church with blue jeans, nice shirt and sneakers and they told me to leave and come back with a suit on. then there was the time my wife and I stepped into a church. She was wearing blue jeans a nice blouse and shoes. We did not even make threw the chants and a elder came up and told her. In order to come to their church she would have to wear a long dress and cover her head with a shawl.
The guy next to me looked at me ,read my mind, I know I was there with you. Then He asked me, You know who I am? Your the Son of God, Christ, been looking for you for a long time and I found you.
Then the priest asked Christ, “Are we not the seed of Abraham, we are not in bondage to any man”.
Christ answered,” I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you”.
I had to look at the priest and asked him, Why are you trying to kill me for trying to find Christ with your rules and regulations. Like the altars have always told me come to my church we are different.
Then Christ got angry and I understand why,
If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
I asked Christ you know you are talking to the altars of the world? Yes, I will build my church but not at the hands of men that do the work of the devil.
Then the priests of altars started to throw stones at us and we left. After we had traveled a distant, Christ looked at me and asked, Ron, son of the Father, ‘You love me“; I answered Yes I love you. “Then feed my lamb”.
Christ asked again,” Ron son of the Father; You love me“. Again I answered, Yes I love you. Then feed my sheep.
Then ask me the third time; Ron son of the Father; “You love me”. I grieved because He asked me for a third time. I knew in my heart that I had denied Him before. I answered, Yes I love you. Christ spoke Feed my sheep.
Christ departed from me but I knew I would see Him again soon. I count my blessings all these years I kept searching for Christ and I found Him and I know who He is. It all boiled down to three words,“You love me”.
Perhaps tonight you should ask, Why are you trying to kill me? Why are you trying to kill Christ?
Quemadmodum olim in deserto porta mecum
Únete a mí en el desierto justo después de la puerta
Приєднуйтесь до мене в пустелю, просто біля воріт
Jiunge na mimi jangwani tu uliopita mlangoni
Join me in the wilderness tonight ask Christ to join with you.