Wednesday, July 05, 2006:
Encouragement to do good or evil comes from inside. Encouragement to do good can be twisted within turning it into encouragement to do evil.
Was Jesus discouraging the Pharisees to evil or encouraging them to do good? Was he annoying them, antagonizing them to do evil?
The Pharisees were driven by a slew of selfish emotions. Jesus presented the fair and just opportunity to reflect, to do the necessary soul searching.
They rationalized those emotions.
Jesus, of course, did all the things about depending upon the context. His intent was to divide the people to unite the unselfish and clearly mark them and to split off the selfish rooted, and clearly mark them.
The Pharisees rejected Jesus. They spurn him. They thought he was despicable. They scoffed at him. They put him down. In their eyes, he was their inferior. They were haughty toward him. They despised him, and held everything he was teaching and doing as dishonorable. They did not respect him or recognize his authority.
At the same time, there were those who saw the light and changed. They converted. They had been lost and were found. God called them and gave them the truth. They came to accept Jesus. They came to love him. They were humbled. They honored Jesus and the spirit that had sent him, forwarded him, lifted him up. They respected Jesus and his prima facie authority. It was manifestly self-evident. He spoke the truth, and they understood that they were obliged to follow that. Jesus was and is what he said and did and still says and still does.
The Pharisees though were encouraged to do murder. They did that. They marked themselves clearly and plainly. Their roots were laid bear. They were wrong, and all those who followed them and all those who still follow them, were and are wrong.
How do you respond to the call?
Do you reject and spurn words of wisdom? Do you scoff at real Christians and use put downs toward them and against them? Are they inferior beings to you? Are you superior and, therefore, entitled to take and hold what you possess? Is what the real Christians teach dishonorable, or do you respect the teachings, honoring Jesus and the Holy Spirit who sent him and recognize the authority in those teachings, respecting his prima facie authority, manifestly self-evident, truth. Do you see the light? Will you change and be converted from selfishness to unselfishness? Do you see that you were lost and are being found. Can you hear God's call? Is the truth given to you? Do you accept and love him? Are you humbled, therefore: Repentant and atoning? Are you obliged to follow that or are you encouraged to do murder? Do you mark yourself as being of the root of God or Satan? Whom do you follow? From whom do you take encouragement and what kind?
The road to hell is paved with false intentions. Rightfully divide the word of truth. Discern. Jesus is the guide. He is the template. Exemplify, epitomize, embody. Materialize God. Substantiate God. Jesus did. He told us to join him in one. Do you doubt it?
I will be his father, and he shall be my son. I and my Father are one. Ye are gods. This is conflated context. Join together as one in the Holy Spirit. Together-as-one is the Holy Spirit.
Is it given to you to look, see, comprehend, and do; or, do you listen to those who do not listen themselves and do not hear or understand and, therefore, walk in their own will and against God's?
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And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)