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Know God in a Year #177 Criticism and Condemnation

01/06/2020

Jesus knows Judas. He knows his need for approval, and that any confrontation would slam shut the door to his heart. This is the strongest he has spoken to him and it is directed to them all. But Judas chooses to take offense and to ferment wounded pride into wanting revenge. After dinner, he goes […]

Know God in a Year #126 The Sign of Authenticity

10/21/2019

The thing is, the Pharisees and Sadducees have been given many signs that Jesus is who he claims to be–their Messiah. First, they have had signs in the heavens: They are aware that angels had announced and celebrated his birth to shepherds. They have heard about the special star that guided the Magi to him. […]

Know God in a Year #125 Beware of Pretenders

10/20/2019

Jesus and company cross the lake to Magdala. Back in Galilee, where his greatest miracles were done, he is met by a deputation of Pharisees and Sadducees who have joined forces against him. Typically, these groups hate each other: the Pharisees foster hatred for Romans; the wealthy Sadducees “kiss-up” to their Roman rulers. But as […]