There’s an estimated 300 to 400 years between the end of the Old Testament and the start of the New Testament. When Jesus comes on the scene, the Jews are under forced Roman rule which includes the presence of Roman soldiers as part of their everyday life. The political climate dictated how they could worship God despite the fact that they received their instructions from Moses hundreds of years before.
The real battle started within their own walls. When Jerusalem fell under Greek rule, many Jews became Hellenized which caused an internal rift, springing forth different groups or sects of Jews.
The Sadducees embraced Hellenistic religious influences while the Pharisees opposed any Greek influence on religious traditions but accepted their influence on culture. The Essence left Jerusalem altogether because they felt that both religion and culture had been defiled by Greek influence. And then there were zealots and other groups all with their idea of what was right and what was wrong.
While these groups were fighting for notoriety and followers, the Romans invaded and the Jews found themselves under military rule by Rome. So we are talking decade after decade of waking up and having to find out who your ruler is that day as the Greeks and Romans changed leaders like clothes. The Jews struggled to see Jesus as their Messiah because in their minds all they knew was military takeove...
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...ater-downed gospel thinking that will bring them in, it will only add to their disillusionment. We must preach Christ in entirety and in truth. But we must also be truly led by the Holy Spirit. Don’t go on tradition alone, what worked a decade ago may not work with this generation. If we want to see real change, we as Christians all over the world must spend a lot of time in prayer and fasting to turn the hearts of today’s youth to God. Remember the man who wins souls is wise (Proverbs 11:30).
Preach, teach, write, sing, go on missions but aside from all of that pray and pray effectively for the souls of this generation. Ask God to open their eyes to see that bullets and bombs won’t save them or heal the hurt but Jesus can and will if they open their hearts. The prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective (James 5:16).
Be blessed but also, be effective.
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