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Know God in a Year #58 Irony of Satan Using Religion

07/21/2020

In the temple, Jesus sees the healed man and says, “Now that you’re well, see you don’t go back to your old ways or something worse could happen.” The man is overjoyed at seeing his healer again. Ignorant of the hatred or the plots of the priests against Jesus, he eagerly gives him credit and […]

Know God in a Year #215 Religious Trap

02/27/2020

It is past midnight as the mob and priests lead Jesus from the garden, past olive groves and into the city to Annas’ house, who is head of the priests. Because of age he is recognized as high priest, though Caiaphas holds the office. People hear him as if he speaks for God. He doesn’t trust the […]

Know God in a Year #148 The Power of Closed Minds

11/20/2019

When the formerly-blind man goes back to his neighborhood, people say, “Is this the blind guy that begged? He looks so different!” “It’s me.” He assures them, and tells how Jesus healed him. “You’ve gotta have the Priests certify this!” they say, and they all accompany him. The Pharisees are amazed at his story, but […]

Know God in a Year #142 Religion vs. God’s Kindness

11/12/2019

The Sanhedrin, frustrated in their plans and silenced by Nicodemus, leave and go to their homes. Jesus turns to the quiet of the olive orchards on Olivet needing time alone with God. Spies have dogged his steps every day of the festival looking to trap him in a word or action. He’s exhausted. Early the […]

Know God in a Year #215 Religious Trap

02/19/2017

It’s past midnight as the mob and priests lead Jesus from the garden, past olive groves and into the city to Annas’ house, who is head of the priests. Because of age he is recognized as high priest, though Caiaphas holds the office. People hear him as if he speaks for God. He doesn’t trust the inexperienced […]

#190 Priests Baffled Again

01/11/2015

After the Sadducees and the Pharisees make their last attempts to trap Jesus, he turns to them with a question. “Whose son is the Messiah?” A  chorus of voices answer with them, “The Son of David!” It’s a well-known title of the Messiah in prophecy. Jesus asks, “Then why does David call him ‘Lord’ under […]

#169 A Battle for Minds Rages

12/11/2014

The council is in confusion and fear–everyone talking at once. Caiaphas, the haughty and calculating high priest, stands and says, “You all know nothing. It is better that one man die for the people, than that we lose our nation.” Blindly he twists his limited knowledge of scripture into the heathen practice of human sacrifice, yet […]

#168 The Lazarus Effect

12/03/2013

Lazarus is unwrapped, as the crowd watches in awe. He hugs Mary, Martha, and Jesus, and then the celebrating and thanksgiving break out! Many now believe in Jesus, who slips away unnoticed. But the priests are too overcome to try to take him, they rush back to Jerusalem, beside themselves with facts and fury. The […]

#76 The Plot Thickens

07/28/2013

(cont. from Friday) Jesus fixes his gaze on the rabbis and doctors of law sitting near. They shrink as he speaks their thoughts and says, “Why do you think evil of me? Do you think it’s easier to say ‘arise and walk,’ or ‘your sins are forgiven’? But just so you know that Messiah has power on earth to forgive […]

#20 Why Jesus didn’t go to School

05/09/2013

In Jesus’ day, the town that neglected the religious education of children was regarded as cursed by the religious authorities. God wanted parents and prophets to teach children that God’s law described love, and Him, the great I AM. God had directed that from infancy children should be taught about Him. And as soon as they were able, […]