Posts Tagged ‘Sanhedrin’


Numbers 11:1,5-6,11,16,21-23,33 Soon the people began to complain about their hardship, and the Lord heard everything they said. Then the Lord’s anger blazed against them, and he sent a fire to rage among them, and he destroyed some of the people in the outskirts of the camp… “We remember the fish we used to eat for free in Egypt. And we had all the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic we wanted. But now our appetites are gone. All we ever see is this manna!”… And Moses said to the Lord, “Why are you treating me, your servant, so harshly? Have mercy on me! What did I do to deserve the burden of all these people?… Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather before me seventy men who are recognized as elders and leaders of Israel. Bring them to the Tabernacle to stand there with you… But Moses responded to the Lord, “There are 600,000 foot soldiers here with me, and yet you say, ‘I will give them meat for a whole month!’ Even if we butchered all our flocks and herds, would that satisfy them? Even if we caught all the fish in the sea, would that be enough?” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Has my arm lost its power? Now you will see whether or not my word comes true!”… But while they were gorging themselves on the meat—while it was still in their mouths—the anger of the Lord blazed against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague.

Reading this chapter left me with mixed emotions because in one context, the response of the Israelites seem terrible and in another context, God’s reaction to their complaining seems far worse.

How are we to understand this chapter and apply it into our lives today? (more…)

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Acts 23:1-5
Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit there to judge me according to the law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck!” Those who were standing near Paul said, “You dare to insult God’s high priest?” Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’”

What a tense many moments that must have been for Paul and his accusers. Paul’s statement of completing God’s will did not go well with Ananias who ordered he be hit on the mouth for such an utterance. Paul reacted because he knew Ananias was making a mistake of calling on judgment without a decision being made on whether he was guilty or free because Ananias, as President of the Sanhedrin, could only pronounce judgment on the accused when proven guilty. All of this changes when someone from the crowd reminds Paul that Ananias needs to be respected and Paul corrects himself. Was Paul wrong in condemning Ananias and what is the Lord speaking to us through this?

Paul was aware that there were a few among his accusers who might be open to the gospel and instead of confusing them chose to correct himself. However, we have to note that he does not apologize to Ananias but only corrects himself for speaking against those in authority as is taught in the Bible. For a man wrongfully accused, he certainly showed grace in the midst of persecution and this is not something that comes naturally to us. I am reminded today that in this life there will be trouble because we stand up with Jesus against the forces of evil and we are to always remember that we are to be lighthouses for Christ in this dark world. We are mirrors of God’s love to those who need him and our joy is to serve God with our all.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Acts 6:2-4, 12b-15
So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word”… They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. They produced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.” All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

As we continue to read through the book of Acts, we notice how the spirit of God is at work in and through the body of believers. Significant challenges come up and wisdom is exercised beyond the intellect of the chosen. Each situation is dealt with appropriately and there is a peace which is not the norm in any human transactions. What is the Lord speaking to us through these passages?

The only news these days is about economic recovery, stimulus, bail outs, unemployment, etc. A global economic crisis has struck and all the wisdom of the world is unable to resolve the issue. Many other issues are being pushed down to accommodate this one and in the process, there is turmoil and uncertainty everywhere. Don’t we wish the wisdom given to the believers in the Church in those times was given to our leaders today? Wouldn’t it be most prudent to ask God to intervene in the present situation and help us resolve it? Our call as children of the living God is to pray for God’s wisdom upon those in power and authority and we are called to show obedience to God’s word and testify that peace which only a believer can feel in trying circumstances such as these.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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John 11:47-52
Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. “What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many miraculous signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.” He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.

A long while back, I had this deep desire to write about my interpretation of God’s work in and through time and space in the form of a tapestry. This was a really big tapestry with fine colors, intricate patterns, many stories etched in every inch of the painting but all adding up to an awesome image of perfectness and the painter was God himself. What I found most interesting was that the darker colors seemed to try to eclipse the lighter pastel shades but somehow the lighter ones were so beautiful that they were well contrasted by the overwhelming darks. God works through all of Satan’s attempts to distort humanity and achieves something far more beautiful. None of this might make sense to you but in today’s passage, it just came back to me again.

Caiaphas spoke words that were ill meant and intended death and destruction to Jesus but to Caiaphas’ dismay, Jesus was Lord over life and death and no act of man could destroy the creator himself. The only hope we as humans have in making our lives purposeful here on earth and then enjoying eternity in God’s presence is through a sacrifice that is pure and perfect, none other than Jesus Christ himself. We need to stop fretting about Satan’s damage and start focusing on Jesus. He has won the battle and we just need to give him glory and ask for his direction every step of our way.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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