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Lesson # Matt. 23:34-36
Study Material - Matt. 23:34-36
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
34 Wherefore [dia] [touto] , behold [idou] , I [ego] send [apostello] unto [pros] you [humas] prophets [prophetes] , and [kai] wise men [sophos] , and [kai] scribes [grammateus] : and [kai] some of [ek] them [autos] ye shall kill [apokteino] and [kai] crucify [stauroo] ; and [kai] some of [ek] them [autos] shall ye scourge [mastigoo] in [en] your [humon] synagogues [sunagoge] , and [kai] persecute [dioko] them from [apo] city [polis] to [eis] city [polis] :
35 That [hopos] upon [epi] you [humas] may come [erchomai] all [pas] the righteous [dikaios] blood [haima] shed [ekcheo] upon [epi] the earth [ge] , from [apo] the blood [haima] of righteous [dikaios] Abel [Abel] unto [heos] the blood [haima] of Zacharias [Zacharias] son [huios] of Barachias [Barachias] , whom [hos] ye slew [phoneuo] between [metaxu] the temple [naos] and [kai] the altar [thusiasterion] .
36 Verily [amen] I say [lego] unto you [humin] , All [pas] these things [tauta] shall come [heko] upon [epi] this [taute] generation [genea] . KJV-Interlinear
34 'Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city, 35 that upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 'Truly I say to you, all these things shall come upon this generation. NAS
Here is the curse of the Jewish race and the basis for their many persecutions they will experience throughout history even up until our present day. Jewish history is filled with holocaust after holocaust, and while people generally misunderstand the reasons for the brutal treatment of the Jews throughout history, here is the reason given to us by Jesus, as to just why they have been brutalized as a race, and for that matter, why any individual in history, whether Jew or otherwise, will face the brutalities of life.
You do not have to he Jewish to qualify for suffering. Anyone who rejects Jesus Christ will suffer terribly in life, and will end up in a very bad way when they die. Anyone who rejects Bible study will suffer as well in time, and when they die they will end up in heaven of course, and then they will have their eyes opened and will see just how stupid they had been during their life while living on earth.
No one approaches God or their destiny without knowledge, Rom. 1:28,32. Every human being makes cognizant choices in life and we all make them knowing full well what God has to offer as an alternative. We all see Gods offering, and we see the way we want things. We choose. Too often we choose wrong and against God.
Now for this passage. Hold on to your hats. This is not an anti-Jewish passage. It is a stern warning to all (Pharisees setting the example) who reject Christ. In that generation the ultimate destiny of the Temple of stone and temple practices will come to an end.
Jesus states that for generations from the time of Abel and until the last prophet to be murdered, Zechariah, the Israelites had been waiting for the Messiah, for the coming of the Kingdom. During all that time, they had the privilege of receiving Gods Word, but generation after generation rejected God, His Word, and His promises. They faced judgment after judgment throughout their history, but that was not enough to convince them.
Even in our Church Age, the Jewish peoples have faced generation after generation of persecution, and again for their rejection of Jesus Christ, 'that upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth.' Pretty heavy statement. But from all who reject Christ, all persecution of the righteous will come, and from those who are negative, the guilt will fall.
God sent prophet after prophet to Israel and they were rejected and even killed. After the Cross, 'I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes,' God will and has sent teachers, and instructors, and priests, and so forth to teach not only the Jewish peoples, but all peoples of the earth, about the Gospel of Christ. Many reject the 'good' news of the gospel.
After the Cross, the Pharisees had yet another opportunity to cure their evil ways, but in just three more decades they had fallen even deeper in their defiance against God and even Rome. They persecuted the Christians, and so the wrath of Rome was unleashed against the region of Judea. The temple was destroyed along with over a million Jews killed and many more sent into exile.
Now some history since the time of the Cross. About the same time as the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., the inhabitants of Damascus rose up against the Jews living there, and cut the throats of over ten thousand.
Over time, the Roman emperor Theodosius II enacted a legal code that declared that Jews were inherently inferior and did not deserve the same legal protection and privileges as other people. Their persecution continued.
In 630 A.D. , the Byzantine emperor Heraclitus banished the Jews from Jerusalem, who had begun to resettle in the region.
In the crusades beginning on 1096 A.D., the church of Europe declared a holy war against the Muslim Turks in the 'Holy Land,' but they also feared that the Jews would try to resettle in the region and take over the Middle East. Brutal actions were taken against the Jews by the crusaders. They often times rounded up entire communities of Jews and demanded that they publicly acknowledge Christ. Those that did were spared. Those who rejected Christ were executed.
In England a Dominican monk in the thirteenth century began to study the Hebrew Scriptures, he himself converted to Judaism and was circumcised. Consequently the church reacted and the Roman Catholic Church had all Jews expelled from Cambridge.
Throughout Europe false accusation after accusation was leveled against the Jews, from counterfeiting coins, to theft. They endured sham trials, and even no trials. They were tortured, imprisoned, exiled, or executed. In England, the Jews were forced to wear arm bands and if they did not, they had their arms and legs tied to horses that were then driven off in opposite directions, and after the bodies were ripped apart, the remains were draped on gallows for the townspeople to see.
The Jews were accused of causing the Black Plague. In France, they were accused of poisoning wells. Persecution after persecution came against them. Many fled to Poland and Russia, where they had a great deal of freedom for a while. They built up their Judaism faith again, and consequently came again under great suffering when the Russian Cossacks took their revenge against all who opposed them. Jews were singled out.
In Spain, the Inquisitions took a huge toll of Jewish lives. Spain was called the 'hell of the Jews,' in the late 1400's
In Germany, Jews were accused of practicing evil rituals. In the late 1800's, in France, all Jewish officers were removed from the military. In the last century, there was a population of twenty million Jews in Europe, and Hitler had nearly a third of them killed - a little over six million.
Now notice a subtle change in history. From the time that Titus surrounded Jerusalem in 70 A.D., up and until the year 1948, the Jewish peoples have suffered countless persecutions. But with the establishment of the first Jewish state in over 1900 years, these massive persecutions have taken a dramatic turn.
Though this is not the established kingdom, the Jewish peoples have enjoyed a relatively good history, with many unusual deliverance's from the attacks by their neighbors. Sure there are terrorists running around causing trouble, but the massive scale of persecutions has changed.
Large scale judgments against peoples in history are due primarily to their rejection of God, of Christ, and due to their inevitable degeneracy. This judgment is not limited only to the Jewish people.
Here in our present verse we have the principle that teaches us that on the head of any and all who are negative toward God, will fall the guilt for all the persecutions against those who are positive toward God. Judgment from God ensues.
Christ will not return until the Jewish people, as an entire race, eventually turn to Christ. This will not occur until the Tribulation. But in the Tribulation the Jewish people as well as many gentile races, will turn to God by the millions.
But as for the generation (generations) of whom the Pharisees represent, there will be trouble and more trouble, until people either individually or in mass, repent of their ways and change their attitudes toward God.
Judgment bore down upon the generation of the Pharisees. Judgment bore down upon many generations of Jews who rejected Christ throughout history, from the time of the Judges up and until our present age.
So what do we learn? Don't follow the example of the Pharisees. Don't follow their path of life. Don't reject God and Gods principles, which He teaches us in the scriptures. Don't compromise your life and future, for the convenience of something you desire, or for things that you just want to have a certain way.
Though history records judgments against masses of peoples from time to time, each one of us has to deal with life for ourselves. Follow Gods rules, be obedient, be in fellowship, and then enjoy tremendous freedom and prosperity. In anything else - you lose! And history has records of some pretty dramatic and gruesome ways to lose. Why take the risk when it is so easy to avoid?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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