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God Is Working!
Many Jews during the time of Jesus had come to believe that heaven had been closed since the writing of the last book of the Old Testament. They believed that God was no longer active in the world.
Religion - Jews - Century - Law - God
The religion of the Jews during the first century focused on holding fast to the Law that God gave in the past, and to the various religious traditions that evolved around that Law. God originally gave the Law as a means of fostering a living relationship with him, but for some the Law became an end in itself. Rather than getting their life from God who gave the them the Law, they were attempting to get life from their commitment to the Law.
Religion had become a substitute for the living God. Religion almost always does this, as is illustrated by many today who are committed to their beliefs about God instead of actually getting life from the God of those beliefs.
Reasons - Jews - God - Jesus - Christ
This is one of the reasons these Jews couldn’t see that God was present in Jesus Christ. All they could see was a man who didn’t follow the religious rules. For example, Jesus offended them by healing and feeding people on the Sabbath and by hanging out with people with scandalously sinful lifestyles. They couldn’t see the beautiful way this revealed a God who cares more about people than rules...
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