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Adam2.orgI am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. - John 15:5

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Adam2.org...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. - Psalms 30:5b

Adam2.org...strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. - Matthew 7:14

Adam2.org...And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. - Genesis 1:2b

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Guide For The Walk Home

The following is taken from the Book, Adam2: A Guide For The Walk Home, written by our founder. It is A Commentary On The Gospel Of John, complete with a background look at the contemporary Jewish groups active in Jesus' day. It includes a summary of each chapter, a redacted study of each disciple, a brief study of Gnosticism of the time, pertinent timelines, and much more. Each chapter of study includes extensive Biblical references to the notes on the chapter.

A chronological excerpt of each section will be posted here at the beginning of each month. You can access free of charge at any time a complete online digital version for your further study. In addition, a link will be provided to purchase the book on CD to install on your own computer for convenience of study and print. All we ask is that you observe the stated copyrights as with any book you buy over the counter, limiting your print to only one hard copy for your own personal use. If further hard copies are necessary, please contact us for an additional nominal fee. Thank you for your interest in this study. Our hope and prayer is that through the work of the Holy Spirit as you study you will be blessed by it, and if so, recommend it to a friend.

We turn this month to the study of the Pharisees from the book: Adam2.


I. MAJOR JEWISH GROUPS IN JESUS' DAY.
B.  PHARISEES.
  1. Pharisee in Hebrew is Perushim, and in Greek, Pharisaion, both meaning, separate, or Separates. This idea developed from the strong desire and attempt to keep the Jew separate from the other peoples of the world, by blood, religion, ceremony, and culture, eventually evolving into the Pharisees' own perception of themselves being separate purists within their own Judean religion. Origins of this can be seen in the call of Abraham through the repatriation of the post-exilic Jew in Ezra's day ( Gen.12:1-2; 24:1-4; Nu.25; Ezra 9-10). Out of this national culture developed several parties of prevailing schools of thought as to, (1) how to interpret and practice the oracles of God handed down through their forefathers, and (2) what role and to what extent their reduced Jewish state would play among other nations, especially under current Persian control. Though the origins of the Pharisee can be seen prior to the Maccabeans who ruled Judea from 167-63 B.C., they did not develop until their time. (See Appendix, Inter-Testament Timeline, p. 3; "Sanhedrin," Chapter 3, p. 77, and "Feast of Dedication," Chapter 10, p. 139.)
  2. Gone was the monarchial rule of pre-Babylonian captivity that lasted several centuries during the Solomon Temple era (See Appendix, Old Testament Timeline, p. 2). During the post-Babylonian period and Zerubbabel's temple time, law and order evolved into the hands of men studied in the Mosaic law, usually priests, or the then emerging scribe such as Ezra, a Levite. (See Ezra 7:6,11-12,21; Neh.8:1-13.)
  3. From this cultural time evolved the Great Assembly, or Knesset Gedolah, composed primarily of anonymous scribes who became the "supreme spiritual authority" in matters of law regulating Jewish life. Therefore, the shift of power from the pre-Babylonian nobles and kings to the post-Babylonian High Priest and Council of Sages (as they were then called, eventually called the Council of Seventy Elders or the sunedrion, or Sanhedrin—from the Greek suned, meaning council) was complete.
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Addicted to Experiences
Addicted To Experiences

I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God... Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice; - Exodus 16:12; Nu.14:22
Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. - Jn.6:26
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. - Jn.6:32
Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. - Jn.6:34
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. - Jn.6:53
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? - Jn.6:60
When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? - Jn.6:61
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. - Jn.6:66

In the above Biblical examples both the Hebrews and the nominal disciples of Jesus were dependent upon their most recent experiences with God for their continued loyalty to Him. Absent those miracles they all murmured and decided they could no longer bear His leadership. They were addicted to their expectant experiences rather than dependent upon God. They could not see past their human and emotional needs to be disciplined to walk by faith and not by sight. He would not concede to their demands. He would not appeal to their emotions. He sought to elicit their obedience by faith, a faith beyond sight. Short of that, He would force no one against their will to follow nor would He continue to entice them with His miracles (Lk.11:16). His compassion knew no limits but He would not alter His teaching or rhetoric to placate their consciences to maintain their following. His call was always prefaced with an IF—IF you will be my disciple, IF you would seek eternal life, etc (Mt.16:24; 19:21; Lk.14:26).

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Bible Summaries

Proverbs Chapter Summary

The following is taken from the Book of New Testament Summaries.

Chapter
  1. (Summer A.D.57?) [Paul's response to Titus' good news from Corinth's reaction to his first letter.] He begins with customary greetings, salutations, and commendations. He is greatly comforted in Christ amidst his most recent severe persecution in Asia (Acts 19). His life has even been in danger, but he knows others are comforted and strengthened in Christ's witness through his many afflictions, and he theirs ( Rom.12:15). Their effectual prayers are greatly noticed. His words to them, though grievous, have not only been above board, but straight from the heart in every way. Though he intended to come earlier but prevented, God is his witness that he was sincere. His word can be trusted, just as Christ always fulfills His promises. His delay was in part to allow them sufficient time to respond to his earlier rebuke that they not be sad when he arrived, similarly causing him great sadness as well. He hopes their joy has since been restored and will be shared when they finally meet. His previous instructions were to strengthen their faith in which they solely stand, and not intended as rule over them. His authority, as theirs, is in none other than Christ who anointed and sealed him by His Spirit.
  2. Their joy is interdependent: if one is sad, how can he make another glad. We ought always rejoice that it be for the edifying of all, even in our afflictions and persecutions! Paul has written hoping that this time of correction, discipline, and repentance might pass before he arrives. He is elated they have dealt with the errant one (I Cor.5), but is now concerned they may go too far in their separation from him. Their forgiveness of the disciplined is absolutely essential that Satan not gain advantage for further damage to their witness to Christ. He has been greatly concerned and anxious in this matter, writing to them with his own tears, passing up opportunities of ministry in Troas where Titus was to have met him with their report. Finally having found him in Macedonia (Philippi?), his spirit is relieved; in fact, their news has caused a sweetness in his soul at this victory in Christ and the triumphing of His Truth, which he holds dear above all else.
  3. [The theme of ministries contrasted or compared is expanded in Chapter 10. Apparently men of prominence, likely Jewish Christians, were present in Corinth with letters of introduction from Jerusalem. Paul's authority was now being questioned by these influential ones in the very Church he had established.] Should he have to reintroduce himself as at the first when they were saved? He had no letter of introduction or authority from mortals then. His power and authority has been, is, and always will be based solely in God who called him into the ministry of the New Covenant. He was God's letter to them and now they to the world. They need no other! The old letter, to be taught others, was written in stone, but the new, upon the hearts of the believers that all men might read wherever they are. The old condemned and brought death; the new makes alive and free in Christ. The glory from the old could not be looked upon by the worshiper as he approached (Ex.34:29-35), but now the veil has been removed ( Lk.24:35; Heb.9 & 10.) and man may live in its presence, all radiating its light ( Mat.5:16), as only Moses before ( Ex.33:11). The veil has been universally removed for all men to look upon Him and live, yet Israel continues in blindness, unable to look within the truth they read, even teach, which brings life and freedom, the Law continuing as their guide rather than the Spirit who has now clearly come. He will teach all men, Jew or Gentile, who will open their ears and eyes to the truth reflected in His words. (Deu.18:15-19; Jn.16:7-15)
  4. [Paul speaks to the core of Christian character that needs no vouchment by another, clearly visible by all, an open letter in the light of God's gospel which he has been given to share with others.] What are letters but a testimony of one to another's honesty? What need is there of them if we have the testimony (letter) of Christ. A Christian's character is beyond reproach, above questioning, where no guile (deceit) can be ferreted. What need have I of letters then, if I have Christ? ( Jn.1:47; 2:25) If I have Christ, I have His Letter! What is His Letter, if it is not His Testimony? (3:3) What is His Testimony, if it is not His Spirit? ( Jn.15:26; 16:13; I Jn.4:2) What is His Spirit, if it is not Truth? ( Jn.15:26; 16:13) What is His Truth, if it is not Freedom? ( Jn.8:32) What is His Freedom, if it is not Righteousness? ( Rom.8:2-4; Ps.71:16; 85:13; 119:144; Prov.12:28; 21:20) What is His Righteousness, if it is not God? ( Ps.33:4-5; 48:9; 50:5; 71:15; 97:2; Mat.19:17) And what is God, if not Love? ( I Jn.4:8) Examine me then, and see if I have the Love of God in my heart, if so, then the Letter of Christ! Don't you see? If I am in possession of one, I am in possession of all! And if I am lacking in one, I am lacking in all. Love then is the greater, and by it we know He is in us. ( I Jn.3:16-17; 4:6-17) And Love suffers all. ( I Co.13:4-7) Paul has successfully established his authority and identity in Christ by stating both his argument and giving evidence in his own life of his love suffering for them. No one suffers as he has if the love of Christ does not dwell in him; so do not be fooled by one's outward pomp, circumstance, and letters. A man's life and suffering is sufficient evidence and defense of his own standing in Christ. (A widely known question comes to mind here: If you were arrested tomorrow and charged with being a Christian, would there be enough evidence in your life to convict you? Letters could be destroyed but the legacy of lost souls won to Christ could not be eradicated. What would be the nature of your evidence? Certainly, all would have to concede in Paul's case it was lives and not letters, to which they did, thus easing the schism that developed among them.) Certainly our suffering, though it may not be fully understood and appreciated by some, will not go unnoticed and unrewarded by God ( Heb.6:10). The rewards will far outweigh the small temporal price paid in suffering for His sake while doing His work. (vs.17; Jn.16:20-22)
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