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Posted 07 July 2014 - 05:19 AM

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Paper 174 - TUESDAY MORNING IN THE TEMPLE

 
[INTRODUCTION]
 
   ABOUT seven o’clock on this Tuesday morning Jesus met the apostles, the women’s corps, and some two dozen other prominent disciples at the home of Simon. At this meeting he said farewell to Lazarus, giving him that instruction which led him so soon to flee to Philadelphia in Perea, where he later became connected with the missionary movement having its headquarters in that city. Jesus also said good-bye to the aged Simon, and gave his parting advice to the women’s corps, as he never again formally addressed them.
 
(1897.2) 174:0.2 This morning he greeted each of the twelve with a personal salutation. To Andrew he said: “Be not dismayed by the events just ahead. Keep a firm hold on your brethren and see that they do not find you downcast.” To Peter he said: “Put not your trust in the arm of flesh nor in weapons of steel. Establish yourself on the spiritual foundations of the eternal rocks.” To James he said: “Falter not because of outward appearances. Remain firm in your faith, and you shall soon know of the reality of that which you believe.” To John he said: “Be gentle; love even your enemies; be tolerant. And remember that I have trusted you with many things.” To Nathaniel he said: “Judge not by appearances; remain firm in your faith when all appears to vanish; be true to your commission as an ambassador of the kingdom.” To Philip he said: “Be unmoved by the events now impending. Remain unshaken, even when you cannot see the way. Be loyal to your oath of consecration.” To Matthew he said: “Forget not the mercy that received you into the kingdom. Let no man cheat you of your eternal reward. As you have withstood the inclinations of the mortal nature, be willing to be steadfast.” To Thomas he said: “No matter how difficult it may be, just now you must walk by faith and not by sight. Doubt not that I am able to finish the work I have begun, and that I shall eventually see all of my faithful ambassadors in the kingdom beyond.” To the Alpheus twins he said: “Do not allow the things which you cannot understand to crush you. Be true to the affections of your hearts and put not your trust in either great men or the changing attitude of the people. Stand by your brethren.” And to Simon Zelotes he said: “Simon, you may be crushed by disappointment, but your spirit shall rise above all that may come upon you. What you have failed to learn from me, my spirit will teach you. Seek the true realities of the spirit and cease to be attracted by unreal and material shadows.” And to Judas Iscariot he said: “Judas, I have loved you and have prayed that you would love your brethren. Be not weary in well doing; and I would warn you to beware the slippery paths of flattery and the poison darts of ridicule.”
 
(1897.3) 174:0.3 And when he had concluded these greetings, he departed for Jerusalem with Andrew, Peter, James, and John as the other apostles set about the establishment of the Gethsemane camp, where they were to go that night, and where they made their headquarters for the remainder of the Master’s life in the flesh. About halfway down the slope of Olivet Jesus paused and visited more than an hour with the four apostles.


 
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Posted 07 July 2014 - 06:44 AM

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Greetings Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests,

 

Welcome to the OPAD presentation of Paper 174. It gives the details of the events of the morning of April 4, 30 AD. Jesus has four days to wind up his work in the flesh. By Friday evening he will be dead and gone--as a man of Urantia.

 

All of this week will be spent in and around Jerusalem, teaching his hearers and followers, while fending off detractors and cavilers.

 

This Paper has eight pages and five Sections:

 

Overview of Paper 174: Tuesday Morning in the Temple
 

1. Divine Forgiveness
2. Questions by the Jewish Rulers
3. The Sadducees and the Resurrection
4. The Great Commandment

5. The Inquiring Greeks

 

This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.

 

 

Synopsis of Paper 174:

 

On Tuesday morning, Jesus went to Jerusalem with four of the apostles while the rest set up camp at Gethsemane. On the road to Jerusalem, James and Peter asked Jesus to help them understand divine forgiveness. Jesus explained that mature relationships prevent any estrangement that would require either a child's repentance or a parent's forgiveness. A good parent sees the immaturity of his child in light of his own understanding, and the divine parent possesses infinite sympathy and understanding. Jesus said that when we love others, we have already forgiven them. This quality of forgiveness is Godlike. An immature child may feel a sense of separation due to guilt over wrongdoing, but the true parent is not conscious of separation. Sin is an experience of creature consciousness: it is not a part of God's consciousness. Inability to forgive others is a measure of immaturity.

 

Soon Jesus and the four apostles arrived at the temple. No sooner had Jesus begun to teach than a group of students who had been coached by the Pharisees asked, "Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar?" The priests reasoned that this question, if answered affirmatively, would alienate the multitude, who resented Roman rule. If Jesus answered negatively, it would give them cause to go to the Roman authorities and have him charged with inciting rebellion. Jesus told them to show him a coin. As he looked at it he asked them whose image was on the coin. The students answered, "Caesar's". And Jesus said, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and render to God the things that are God's." The students marveled at the wisdom of his answer.

 

A lawyer representing a group of Pharisees asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was. Jesus answered: "There is but one commandment, and that one is the greatest of all, and that commandment is: 'Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second commandment is like this first; indeed, it springs directly therefrom, and it is: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these; on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." The lawyer who asked the question perceived that the Master had answered wisely. That evening this same man was baptized near Gethsemane.

 

Other groups had been instructed to ask Jesus questions, but when they saw what was happening, they decided to keep quiet. When Jesus saw that no more questions were forthcoming, he asked the audience a question, "What do you think of the Deliver? That is, whose son is he?" One of the scribes replied, "The Messiah is the son of David." Jesus then referenced a Psalm attributed to David, "The Lord said to my lord, sit on my right hand until I make your enemies that footstool of your feet." Jesus asked, "If David calls him Lord, how then can he be his son?" The priests saw the dilemma and would not answer. No more questions were asked in the temple that morning.

 

At lunch time, a group of Greek gentile believers were invited by Andrew and Philip to meet with Jesus. As he spoke during the meal, Jesus remarked that this would be the first and last time that he would instruct a group that was composed equally of Jews and gentiles. He looked at the Greeks and said:

 

"He who believes this gospel, believes not merely in me but in Him who sent me. When you look upon me, you see not only the Son of Man but also Him who sent me. I am the light of the world, and whosoever will believe my teaching shall no longer abide in darkness. If you gentiles will hear me, you shall receive the words of life and shall enter forthwith into the joyous liberty of the truth of sonship with God."

 

"But to both Jew and gentile I declare the hour has about come when the Son of Man will be glorified. You well know that, except a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies in good soil, it springs up again to life and bears much fruit. He who selfishly loves his life stands in danger of losing it; but he who is willing to lay down his life for my sake and the gospel's shall enjoy a more abundant existence on earth and in heaven, life eternal." Having thus spoken, Jesus led the way back to the temple.

 

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From the first line of 174's introduction:

 

...ABOUT seven o’clock on this Tuesday morning Jesus met the apostles, the women’s corps, and some two dozen other prominent disciples at the home of Simon.... (1897.1) 174:0.1

 

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From the last paragraph of the introduction:

 

...And when he had concluded these greetings, he departed for Jerusalem with Andrew, Peter, James, and John as the other apostles set about the establishment of the Gethsemane camp.... (1897.3)174:0.3

 

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Very interesting were his comments to each of the apostles. Jesus knew them so well, even their future. For example, James would soon be killed. In today's reading he declared:

 

"...you shall soon know of the reality of that which you believe....” (1897.2) 174:0.2

 

Wonder if James realized Jesus was predicting his imminent death? From Paper 139:

 

...he did drink the cup with the Master, seeing that he was the first of the apostles to experience martyrdom, being early put to death with the sword by Herod Agrippa.... (1553.4)139:3.8

 

The brief advice he gave all of them this morning is followed up later, at the Last Supper, detailed in Paper 181 FINAL ADMONITIONS AND WARNINGS

 

He said this (in part) to James on that occasion:

 

"...You and your brother John will go different ways, and one of you may sit down with me in the eternal kingdom long before the other....” (1958.2) 181:2.15

 

John died at age 101.

 

He said something perfectly befitting to each one on this Tuesday mron. Later still, the arisen Jesus will speak to each of them one final time, and in greater detail. For that, see:

 

PAPER 192: 2 VISITING WITH THE APOSTLES TWO BY TWO

 

 

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Tomorrow's reading is Section 1. Divine Forgiveness. It is about Jesus' answer to a discussion Peter and James are having, about maturity in fraternity.

 

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 04:55 AM

Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

 

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Paper 174 - TUESDAY MORNING IN THE TEMPLE

 

1. Divine Forgiveness

 

 

   For several days Peter and James had been engaged in discussing their differences of opinion about the Master’s teaching regarding the forgiveness of sin. They had both agreed to lay the matter before Jesus, and Peter embraced this occasion as a fitting opportunity for securing the Master’s counsel. Accordingly, Simon Peter broke in on the conversation dealing with the differences between praise and worship, by asking: “Master, James and I are not in accord regarding your teachings having to do with the forgiveness of sin. James claims you teach that the Father forgives us even before we ask him, and I maintain that repentance and confession must precede the forgiveness. Which of us is right? what do you say?”

 

(1898.2) 174:1.2 After a short silence Jesus looked significantly at all four and answered: “My brethren, you err in your opinions because you do not comprehend the nature of those intimate and loving relations between the creature and the Creator, between man and God. You fail to grasp that understanding sympathy which the wise parent entertains for his immature and sometimes erring child. It is indeed doubtful whether intelligent and affectionate parents are ever called upon to forgive an average and normal child. Understanding relationships associated with attitudes of love effectively prevent all those estrangements which later necessitate the readjustment of repentance by the child with forgiveness by the parent.

 

(1898.3) 174:1.3 “A part of every father lives in the child. The father enjoys priority and superiority of understanding in all matters connected with the child-parent relationship. The parent is able to view the immaturity of the child in the light of the more advanced parental maturity, the riper experience of the older partner. With the earthly child and the heavenly Father, the divine parent possesses infinity and divinity of sympathy and capacity for loving understanding. Divine forgiveness is inevitable; it is inherent and inalienable in God’s infinite understanding, in his perfect knowledge of all that concerns the mistaken judgment and erroneous choosing of the child. Divine justice is so eternally fair that it unfailingly embodies understanding mercy.

 

(1898.4) 174:1.4 “When a wise man understands the inner impulses of his fellows, he will love them. And when you love your brother, you have already forgiven him. This capacity to understand man’s nature and forgive his apparent wrongdoing is Godlike. If you are wise parents, this is the way you will love and understand your children, even forgive them when transient misunderstanding has apparently separated you. The child, being immature and lacking in the fuller understanding of the depth of the child-father relationship, must frequently feel a sense of guilty separation from a father’s full approval, but the true father is never conscious of any such separation. Sin is an experience of creature consciousness; it is not a part of God’s consciousness.

 

(1898.5) 174:1.5 “Your inability or unwillingness to forgive your fellows is the measure of your immaturity, your failure to attain adult sympathy, understanding, and love. You hold grudges and nurse vengefulness in direct proportion to your ignorance of the inner nature and true longings of your children and your fellow beings. Love is the outworking of the divine and inner urge of life. It is founded on understanding, nurtured by unselfish service, and perfected in wisdom.”

 

 

 

 

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 06:35 AM

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Greetings Bonita, Alina, Carolyn, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors,

 

Apparently his number one apostle wasn't much interested in praise and worship on this Tuesday morning:

 

...Simon Peter broke in on the conversation dealing with the differences between praise and worship.... (1898.1) 174:1.1

 

 

All of Jesus' reply is based in parental love, which almost always transcends the need for forgiveness:

 

"...It is indeed doubtful whether intelligent and affectionate parents are ever called upon to forgive an average and normal child...." (1898.2) 174:1.2

 

 

And then he makes this profound distinction between the sin experience of God and his child:

 

“...Sin is an experience of creature consciousness; it is not a part of God’s consciousness...." (1898.4) 174:1.4

 

 

Finally he gives this new and beautiful definition of divine (partental?) love, with a three-point foundation:

 

“...Love is the outworking of the divine and inner urge of life. It is founded on understanding, nurtured by unselfish service, and perfected in wisdom....” (1898.5) 174:1.5

 

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The Gospel writers referred to forgiveness, but always as a reciprocal act of God:

 

From Matthew 6:

 

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

 

15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

From Mark 11:

 

25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

 

26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

 

From Luke 6:

 

36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

 

37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

 

38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

 

From John 1:

 

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Paul wrote this to the Colossians, chapter 3:

 

13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

 

 

 

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Of course there remains confusion about the bloody concept of forgiveness versus the spiritual, even after Jesus clarification, even today in certain Christian sects. This is from the New Testament book of Hebrews, chapter 9 (author unknown, but Paul is suggested by some Bible scholars):

 

18 And so not even the first testament was dedicated without blood.

 

19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book and all the people,

 

20 saying, “This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.”

 

21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry.

 

22 Indeed according to the law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

 

 

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Tomorrow's reading, Section 2. Questions by the Jewish Rulers, has the details of Jesus' well known answer on paying taxes, and his counter-question 'who's image does this coin bear?'.

 

 

Overview of Paper 174: Tuesday Morning in the Temple

 

1. Divine Forgiveness

2. Questions by the Jewish Rulers

3. The Sadducees and the Resurrection

4. The Great Commandment

5. The Inquiring Greeks

 

This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.

 

Listen to Paper 174 (click the speaker icon at the top of the page)

 

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 04:52 AM

Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

 

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Paper 174 - TUESDAY MORNING IN THE TEMPLE

 

2. Questions by the Jewish Rulers

 

   On Monday evening there had been held a council between the Sanhedrin and some fifty additional leaders selected from among the scribes, Pharisees, and the Sadducees. It was the consensus of this meeting that it would be dangerous to arrest Jesus in public because of his hold upon the affections of the common people. It was also the opinion of the majority that a determined effort should be made to discredit him in the eyes of the multitude before he should be arrested and brought to trial. Accordingly, several groups of learned men were designated to be on hand the next morning in the temple to undertake to entrap him with difficult questions and otherwise to seek to embarrass him before the people. At last, the Pharisees, Sadducees, and even the Herodians were all united in this effort to discredit Jesus in the eyes of the Passover multitudes.

 

(1899.2)174:2.2 Tuesday morning, when Jesus arrived in the temple court and began to teach, he had uttered but few words when a group of the younger students from the academies, who had been rehearsed for this purpose, came forward and by their spokesman addressed Jesus: “Master, we know you are a righteous teacher, and we know that you proclaim the ways of truth, and that you serve only God, for you fear no man, and that you are no respecter of persons. We are only students, and we would know the truth about a matter which troubles us; our difficulty is this: Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar? Shall we give or shall we not give?” Jesus, perceiving their hypocrisy and craftiness, said to them: “Why do you thus come to tempt me? Show me the tribute money, and I will answer you.” And when they handed him a denarius, he looked at it and said, “Whose image and superscription does this coin bear?” And when they answered him, “Caesar’s,” Jesus said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and render to God the things that are God’s.”

 

(1899.3)174:2.3 When he had thus answered these young scribes and their Herodian accomplices, they withdrew from his presence, and the people, even the Sadducees, enjoyed their discomfiture. Even the youths who had endeavored to entrap him marveled greatly at the unexpected sagacity of the Master’s answer.

 

(1899.4)174:2.4 The previous day the rulers had sought to trip him before the multitude on matters of ecclesiastical authority, and having failed, they now sought to involve him in a damaging discussion of civil authority. Both Pilate and Herod were in Jerusalem at this time, and Jesus’ enemies conjectured that, if he would dare to advise against the payment of tribute to Caesar, they could go at once before the Roman authorities and charge him with sedition. On the other hand, if he should advise the payment of tribute in so many words, they rightly calculated that such a pronouncement would greatly wound the national pride of his Jewish hearers, thereby alienating the good will and affection of the multitude.

 

(1899.5)174:2.5 In all this the enemies of Jesus were defeated since it was a well-known ruling of the Sanhedrin, made for the guidance of the Jews dispersed among the gentile nations, that the “right of coinage carried with it the right to levy taxes.” In this manner Jesus avoided their trap. To have answered “No” to their question would have been equivalent to inciting rebellion; to have answered “Yes” would have shocked the deep-rooted nationalist sentiments of that day. The Master did not evade the question; he merely employed the wisdom of making a double reply. Jesus was never evasive, but he was always wise in his dealings with those who sought to harass and destroy him.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 06:05 AM

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Good Day Alina, Bonita, Carolyn, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Guests,

 

How many times must the priesthood try entrapment before they realize it DOES NOT work?! From the first paragraph of today's reading:

 

...several groups of learned men were designated to be on hand the next morning in the temple to undertake to entrap him with difficult questions and otherwise to seek to embarrass him before the people.... (1899.1)174:2.1

 

How sad that they would stoop to sending the innocent young ones to question him about the tribute tax:

 

...a group of the younger students from the academies, who had been rehearsed for this purpose, came forward and by their spokesman addressed Jesus.... (1899.2)174:2.2

 

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But the Master turned it around, to the chagrin of the elders, no doubt:

 

...Even the youths who had endeavored to entrap him marveled greatly at the unexpected sagacity of the Master’s answer.... (1899.3) 174:2.3

 

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As usual the "synoptic gospels" report this event in similar words and phrases:

 

From Mark 12:

 

13 And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.

14 And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?

15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.

16 And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar's.

17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.

 

From Matthew 22:

 

15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.

16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.

17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?

19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.

 

From Luke:

 

19 And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them.

20 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.

21 And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly:

22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?

23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me?

24 Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar's.

25 And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's.

26 And they could not take hold of his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace.

 

 

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This phrase from today's reading:

 

"...right of coinage carried with it the right to levy taxes....” (1899.5)174:2.5

 

...isn't found in a Google search that mentions the Sandhedrin, except in the UB. But 'right of coinage' is a well known concept that has come down thru the ages. There is this, from the tenth century:

 

Otto the Great, A.D. 936-973, showed great favor to the Church as is illustrated by the grants he made bestowing counties and duchies with temporal jurisdiction including rights of coinage, taxation, and markets.

 

In the name of the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, Otto, by the grace of God, King.

 

Be it known to all our faithful, both present and future, that, at the intervention of the venerable bishop, Drugo, of the see of Osnabrück, we have granted a public market and the right to make money in the place called Wyddenbrugge; for the redemption of our soul we have given to the same church whatever the fisc or royal power held there. Rights of coinage and taxation and other public rights, hitherto under our authority, we grant to the said bishop, or his successors, and we firmly command that no judge exercise any authority to disturb him in these rights, or do him harm.

 

And in order that the bishop and his successors may hold this from us and from our successors inviolably, and that it may be diligently adhered to by all people, we have ordered this charter to be sealed by the impression of our seal, confirming it with our own signature.

 

The year of the Incarnation of the Lord 952, June twenty-eighth, in the sixteenth year of the reign of King Otto.

 

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The young questioners failed so the older "learned and crafty" ones are sent to entrap Jesus. In tomorrow's reading, Section 3. The Sadducees and the Resurrection, he once more puts their questions to shame, exposing their hypocrisy and insincerity in asking about surviving brothers marrying a deceased brother's widow.

 

 

Overview of Paper 174: Tuesday Morning in the Temple

 

1. Divine Forgiveness

2. Questions by the Jewish Rulers

3. The Sadducees and the Resurrection

4. The Great Commandment

5. The Inquiring Greeks

 

This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.

 

Listen to Paper 174 (click the speaker icon at the top of the page)

 

Thanks for reading. Members' thoughts, reflections, insights, observations, comments, corrections and questions about today's OPAD presentation are invited.

 

Much love, Rick/OPAD host.



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 05:01 AM

Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

 

Today's Presentation

 

Paper 174 - TUESDAY MORNING IN THE TEMPLE

 

 

3. The Sadducees and the Resurrection

 

 

   Before Jesus could get started with his teaching, another group came forward to question him, this time a company of the learned and crafty Sadducees. Their spokesman, drawing near to him, said: “Master, Moses said that if a married man should die, leaving no children, his brother should take the wife and raise up seed for the deceased brother. Now there occurred a case where a certain man who had six brothers died childless; his next brother took his wife but also soon died, leaving no children. Likewise did the second brother take the wife, but he also died leaving no offspring. And so on until all six of the brothers had had her, and all six of them passed on without leaving children. And then, after them all, the woman herself died. Now, what we would like to ask you is this: In the resurrection whose wife will she be since all seven of these brothers had her?”

 

(1900.2) 174:3.2 Jesus knew, and so did the people, that these Sadducees were not sincere in asking this question because it was not likely that such a case would really occur; and besides, this practice of the brothers of a dead man seeking to beget children for him was practically a dead letter at this time among the Jews. Nevertheless, Jesus condescended to reply to their mischievous question. He said: “You all do err in asking such questions because you know neither the Scriptures nor the living power of God. You know that the sons of this world can marry and are given in marriage, but you do not seem to understand that they who are accounted worthy to attain the worlds to come, through the resurrection of the righteous, neither marry nor are given in marriage. Those who experience the resurrection from the dead are more like the angels of heaven, and they never die. These resurrected ones are eternally the sons of God; they are the children of light resurrected into the progress of eternal life. And even your Father Moses understood this, for, in connection with his experiences at the burning bush, he heard the Father say, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And so, along with Moses, do I declare that my Father is not the God of the dead but of the living. In him you all do live, reproduce, and possess your mortal existence.”

 

(1900.3) 174:3.3 When Jesus had finished answering these questions, the Sadducees withdrew, and some of the Pharisees so far forgot themselves as to exclaim, “True, true, Master, you have well answered these unbelieving Sadducees.” The Sadducees dared not ask him any more questions, and the common people marveled at the wisdom of his teaching.

 

(1900.4) 174:3.4 Jesus appealed only to Moses in his encounter with the Sadducees because this religio-political sect acknowledged the validity of only the five so-called Books of Moses; they did not allow that the teachings of the prophets were admissible as a basis of doctrinal dogmas. The Master in his answer, though positively affirming the fact of the survival of mortal creatures by the technique of the resurrection, did not in any sense speak approvingly of the Pharisaic beliefs in the resurrection of the literal human body. The point Jesus wished to emphasize was: That the Father had said, “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,” not I was their God.

 

(1900.5) 174:3.5 The Sadducees had thought to subject Jesus to the withering influence of ridicule, knowing full well that persecution in public would most certainly create further sympathy for him in the minds of the multitude.

 

 

 

 

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Those poor, benighted Sadducees, they hadn't a clue who they are going against. "Crafty and learned" they are not, else they would have learned long ago to ask such questions is always futile, embarrassing and detrimental to their cause.

 

At least it afforded Jesus an opportunity to reveal something of the next life:

 

...they who are accounted worthy to attain the worlds to come, through the resurrection of the righteous, neither marry nor are given in marriage...." (1900.2) 174:3.2

 

 

The synoptic Gospel writers each have similar versions of this encounter with the Sadducees. All three include our eventual angel-likeness, and the no-marriage-in-heaven revelation.

 

From Mark 12:

 

18 Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying,

19 Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man's brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

20 Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed.

21 And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise.

22 And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also.

23 In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.

24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?

25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

26 And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?

27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.

 

From Luke 20:

 

27 Then came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him,

28 Saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If any man's brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

29 There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died without children.

30 And the second took her to wife, and he died childless.

31 And the third took her; and in like manner the seven also: and they left no children, and died.

32 Last of all the woman died also.

33 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife.

34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:

35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

37 Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

38 For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

39 Then certain of the scribes answering said, Master, thou hast well said.

40 And after that they durst not ask him any question at all.

 

From Matthew 22:

 

23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,

24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:

26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.

27 And last of all the woman died also.

28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.

29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,

32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.

34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.

 

 

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The five books of Moses cited in today's reading are the first five books of the Bible's Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy.

 

The scriptural basis for the Sadducees question came from Deuteronomy 25:

 

5 If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband's brother unto her.

 

6 And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel.

 

 

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There are certain sects that still believe this:

 

...the resurrection of the literal human body.... (1900.4) 174:3.4

 

Thank God! It's NOT true!!

 

 

This line in today's reading, quoting Jesus:

 

"...In him you all do live, reproduce, and possess your mortal existence....” (1900.2) 174:3.2

 

...is repeated by the author of the New Testament book of Acts, chapter 17:

 

28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

 

 

And it appears several times elsewhere in the book:

 

...The Universal Father realizes in the fullness of the divine consciousness all the individual experience of the progressive struggles of the expanding minds and the ascending spirits of every entity, being, and personality of the whole evolutionary creation of time and space. And all this is literally true, for "in Him we all live and move and have our being...." 1:5:16

 

...Infinity of personality must, perforce, embrace all finitude of personality; hence the truth — literal truth — of the teaching which declares that "In Him we live and move and have our being...." 2:1:11
 
...the Father is not very far from any one of you; he dwells within you, and in him do we all literally move, actually live, and veritably have our being.... 12:7:12

 

...in him we all live and move and have our being, from the creatures of space to the citizens of Paradise.... 105:2:11
 
...From the finite standpoint, we actually live, move, and have our being within the immanence of the Supreme.... 117:3:12

 

 

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In tomorrow's reading, Section 4. The Great Commandment, the Pharisees take a turn at questioning him. This question not only helps Jesus' case, it also gives him a chance to ask them one, which causes the Pharisees to lose one of their members, who that very night, was baptized.

 

Overview of Paper 174: Tuesday Morning in the Temple

 

1. Divine Forgiveness

2. Questions by the Jewish Rulers

3. The Sadducees and the Resurrection

4. The Great Commandment

5. The Inquiring Greeks

 

This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.

 

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 04:02 AM

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Paper 174 - TUESDAY MORNING IN THE TEMPLE

 

4. The Great Commandment

 

 

   Another group of Sadducees had been instructed to ask Jesus entangling questions about angels, but when they beheld the fate of their comrades who had sought to entrap him with questions concerning the resurrection, they very wisely decided to hold their peace; they retired without asking a question. It was the prearranged plan of the confederated Pharisees, scribes, Sadducees, and Herodians to fill up the entire day with these entangling questions, hoping thereby to discredit Jesus before the people and at the same time effectively to prevent his having any time for the proclamation of his disturbing teachings.

 

(1901.2) 174:4.2 Then came forward one of the groups of the Pharisees to ask harassing questions, and the spokesman, signaling to Jesus, said: “Master, I am a lawyer, and I would like to ask you which, in your opinion, is the greatest commandment?” Jesus answered: “There is but one commandment, and that one is the greatest of all, and that commandment is: ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second commandment is like this first; indeed, it springs directly therefrom, and it is: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these; on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

 

(1901.3) 174:4.3 When the lawyer perceived that Jesus had answered not only in accordance with the highest concept of Jewish religion, but that he had also answered wisely in the sight of the assembled multitude, he thought it the better part of valor openly to commend the Master’s reply. Accordingly, he said: “Of a truth, Master, you have well said that God is one and there is none beside him; and that to love him with all the heart, understanding, and strength, and also to love one’s neighbor as one’s self, is the first and great commandment; and we are agreed that this great commandment is much more to be regarded than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When the lawyer answered thus discreetly, Jesus looked down upon him and said, “My friend, I perceive that you are not far from the kingdom of God.”

 

(1901.4) 174:4.4 Jesus spoke the truth when he referred to this lawyer as being “not far from the kingdom,” for that very night he went out to the Master’s camp near Gethsemane, professed faith in the gospel of the kingdom, and was baptized by Josiah, one of the disciples of Abner.

 

(1901.5) 174:4.5 Two or three other groups of the scribes and Pharisees were present and had intended to ask questions, but they were either disarmed by Jesus’ answer to the lawyer, or they were deterred by the discomfiture of all who had undertaken to ensnare him. After this no man dared to ask him another question in public.

 

(1901.6) 174:4.6 When no more questions were forthcoming, and as the noon hour was near, Jesus did not resume his teaching but was content merely to ask the Pharisees and their associates a question. Said Jesus: “Since you ask no more questions, I would like to ask you one. What do you think of the Deliverer? That is, whose son is he?” After a brief pause one of the scribes answered, “The Messiah is the son of David.” And since Jesus knew that there had been much debate, even among his own disciples, as to whether or not he was the son of David, he asked this further question: “If the Deliverer is indeed the son of David, how is it that, in the Psalm which you accredit to David, he himself, speaking in the spirit, says, ‘The Lord said to my lord, sit on my right hand until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet.’ If David calls him Lord, how then can he be his son?” Although the rulers, the scribes, and the chief priests made no reply to this question, they likewise refrained from asking him any more questions in an effort to entangle him. They never answered this question which Jesus put to them, but after the Master’s death they attempted to escape the difficulty by changing the interpretation of this Psalm so as to make it refer to Abraham instead of the Messiah. Others sought to escape the dilemma by disallowing that David was the author of this so-called Messianic Psalm.

 

(1902.1) 174:4.7 A short time back the Pharisees had enjoyed the manner in which the Sadducees had been silenced by the Master; now the Sadducees were delighted by the failure of the Pharisees; but such rivalry was only momentary; they speedily forgot their time-honored differences in the united effort to stop Jesus’ teachings and doings. But throughout all of these experiences the common people heard him gladly.

 

 

 

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 05:30 AM

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The "Great Commandment" Jesus quotes in today's reading:

 

"...There is but one commandment, and that one is the greatest of all, and that commandment is: ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength....'” (1901.2) 174:4.2

 

...first appeared in Deuteronomy 6:

 

4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:

5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

 

The Great Commandment has a Hebrew name all its own. From Wikipedia:

 

Originally, the Shema consisted of only one verse: Deuteronomy 6:4. The recitation of the Shema in the liturgy, however, consists of three portions: Deuteronomy 6:4–9, 11:13-21, and Numbers 15:37–41...The three portions relate to central issues of Jewish belief. In the Mishnah the reciting of the shema was linked with re-affirming a personal relationship with God's rule.

 

 

The synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke, have a version of this morning's teaching at the temple, each with varying degrees of accuracy and wholeness.

 

From Matthew 22:

 

34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.

35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

 

From Mark 12:

 

28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?

29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:

33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

 

From Luke 10:

 

25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

 

 

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Not hard to imagine the priesthood's reaction to this defection:

 

...that very night he went out to the Master’s camp near Gethsemane, professed faith in the gospel of the kingdom, and was baptized.... (1901.4) 174:4.4

 

 

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...After this no man dared to ask him another question in public.... (1901.5) 174:4.5

 

Finally!

 

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Here, Jesus is quoting Psalm 110:1:

 

"'...The Lord said to my lord, sit on my right hand until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet....'" (1901.6) 174:4.6

 

1 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

 

 

...They never answered this question which Jesus put to them.... (1901.6) 174:4.6

 

Matthew, Mark and Luke made these somewhat cryptic and abbreviated records of Jesus' question about Psalm 110:1:

 

Matthew 22:

 

41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,

42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David.

43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,

44 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?

45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?

46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

 

Mark 12:

 

35 And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David?

36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.

37 David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.

 

Luke 20:

 

41 And he said unto them, How say they that Christ is David's son?

42 And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

43 Till I make thine enemies thy footstool.

44 David therefore calleth him Lord, how is he then his son?

 

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Nothing unites rivals like a common enemy. From the last paragraph of today's reading:

 

...such rivalry was only momentary; they speedily forgot their time-honored differences in the united effort to stop Jesus’ teachings and doings.... (1902.1) 174:4.7

 

They failed. Indeed, they helped assure the longevity of his teachings and legacy!

 

 

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In tomorrow's reading, the first half of Section 5. The Inquiring Greeks, Philip and Andrew bring a group of 30 believing Greeks to lunch with Jesus on this Tuesday at noon.

 

 

Overview of Paper 174: Tuesday Morning in the Temple

 

1. Divine Forgiveness

2. Questions by the Jewish Rulers

3. The Sadducees and the Resurrection

4. The Great Commandment

5. The Inquiring Greeks

 

This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.

 

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 04:29 AM

Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

 

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Paper 174 - TUESDAY MORNING IN THE TEMPLE

 

5. The Inquiring Greeks

 

[Part 1 of 2]

 

   About noontime, as Philip was purchasing supplies for the new camp which was that day being established near Gethsemane, he was accosted by a delegation of strangers, a group of believing Greeks from Alexandria, Athens, and Rome, whose spokesman said to the apostle: “You have been pointed out to us by those who know you; so we come to you, Sir, with the request to see Jesus, your Master.” Philip was taken by surprise thus to meet these prominent and inquiring Greek gentiles in the market place, and, since Jesus had so explicitly charged all of the twelve not to engage in any public teaching during the Passover week, he was a bit perplexed as to the right way to handle this matter. He was also disconcerted because these men were foreign gentiles. If they had been Jews or near-by and familiar gentiles, he would not have hesitated so markedly. What he did was this: He asked these Greeks to remain right where they were. As he hastened away, they supposed that he went in search of Jesus, but in reality he hurried off to the home of Joseph, where he knew Andrew and the other apostles were at lunch; and calling Andrew out, he explained the purpose of his coming, and then, accompanied by Andrew, he returned to the waiting Greeks.

 

(1902.3) 174:5.2 Since Philip had about finished the purchasing of supplies, he and Andrew returned with the Greeks to the home of Joseph, where Jesus received them; and they sat near while he spoke to his apostles and a number of leading disciples assembled at this luncheon. Said Jesus:

 

(1902.4) 174:5.3 “My Father sent me to this world to reveal his loving-kindness to the children of men, but those to whom I first came have refused to receive me. True, indeed, many of you have believed my gospel for yourselves, but the children of Abraham and their leaders are about to reject me, and in so doing they will reject Him who sent me. I have freely proclaimed the gospel of salvation to this people; I have told them of sonship with joy, liberty, and life more abundant in the spirit. My Father has done many wonderful works among these fear-ridden sons of men. But truly did the Prophet Isaiah refer to this people when he wrote: ‘Lord, who has believed our teachings? And to whom has the Lord been revealed?’ Truly have the leaders of my people deliberately blinded their eyes that they see not, and hardened their hearts lest they believe and be saved. All these years have I sought to heal them of their unbelief that they might be recipients of the Father’s eternal salvation. I know that not all have failed me; some of you have indeed believed my message. In this room now are a full score of men who were once members of the Sanhedrin, or who were high in the councils of the nation, albeit even some of you still shrink from open confession of the truth lest they cast you out of the synagogue. Some of you are tempted to love the glory of men more than the glory of God. But I am constrained to show forbearance since I fear for the safety and loyalty of even some of those who have been so long near me, and who have lived so close by my side.

 

(1903.1) 174:5.4 “In this banquet chamber I perceive there are assembled Jews and gentiles in about equal numbers, and I would address you as the first and last of such a group that I may instruct in the affairs of the kingdom before I go to my Father.”

 

(1903.2) 174:5.5 These Greeks had been in faithful attendance upon Jesus’ teaching in the temple. On Monday evening they had held a conference at the home of Nicodemus, which lasted until the dawn of day, and thirty of them had elected to enter the kingdom.

 

 

 

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 05:40 AM

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It must have been very gratifying for Jesus when these 30 "prominent" Greek gentile seekers came unbidden to see and hear the Master teacher they only knew through other believers.

 

This Isaiah quote Jesus mentioned in today's reading:

 

“‘...Lord, who has believed our teachings? And to whom has the Lord been revealed?....'" (1902.4) 174:5.3

 

...is from Isaiah 53 (King James version):

 

1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

 

For some reason only John records this meeting with the Greeks, and the storyline is chopped up and mixed with other sermons and sayings.

 

From John 12:20:

 

20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:

 

21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

 

22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.

 

 

From John 12:37:

 

37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:

 

38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?

 

39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,

 

40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

 

41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.

 

42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

 

43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

 

 

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Some might be surprised to hear that Jesus experienced fear, not for himself, but for his messengers and his saving message. From today's reading:

 

“...I fear for the safety and loyalty of even some of those who have been so long near me...." (1902.4) 174:5.3

 

 

 

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It was a unique gathering, Jesus declared:

 

“...I would address you as the first and last of such a group that I may instruct in the affairs of the kingdom before I go to my Father....” (1903.1) 174:5.4

 

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In the last paragraph, Nicodemus is mentioned:

 

...they had held a conference at the home of Nicodemus.... (1903.2) 174:5.5

 

He was introduced in: Paper 142:6 THE VISIT WITH NICODEMUS

 

...there came to see Jesus one Nicodemus, a wealthy and elderly member of the Jewish Sanhedrin...Nicodemus had arranged with Andrew to see Jesus privately.... (1601.6) 142:6.1

 

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In tomorrow's reading (the last half of Section 5. The Inquiring Greeks), while Jesus is speaking to the luncheon assembly, his Adjuster appears only to him, speaking words of glorification. The Master pauses to listen, then finishes speaking. Next he leads them back to the temple for Tuesday afternoon's events.

 

 

Overview of Paper 174: Tuesday Morning in the Temple

 

1. Divine Forgiveness

2. Questions by the Jewish Rulers

3. The Sadducees and the Resurrection

4. The Great Commandment

5. The Inquiring Greeks

 

This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.

 

Listen to Paper 174 (click the speaker icon at the top of the page)

 

Thanks for reading. Members' thoughts, reflections, insights, observations, comments, corrections and questions about today's OPAD presentation are invited.

 

Much love, Rick/OPAD host.

 



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 04:28 AM

Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

 

Today's Presentation

 

Paper 174 - TUESDAY MORNING IN THE TEMPLE

 

5. The Inquiring Greeks

 

[Part 2 of 2]

 

 

   As Jesus stood before them at this time, he perceived the end of one dispensation and the beginning of another. Turning his attention to the Greeks, the Master said:

 

(1903.4) 174:5.7 “He who believes this gospel, believes not merely in me but in Him who sent me. When you look upon me, you see not only the Son of Man but also Him who sent me. I am the light of the world, and whosoever will believe my teaching shall no longer abide in darkness. If you gentiles will hear me, you shall receive the words of life and shall enter forthwith into the joyous liberty of the truth of sonship with God. If my fellow countrymen, the Jews, choose to reject me and to refuse my teachings, I will not sit in judgment on them, for I came not to judge the world but to offer it salvation. Nevertheless, they who reject me and refuse to receive my teaching shall be brought to judgment in due season by my Father and those whom he has appointed to sit in judgment on such as reject the gift of mercy and the truths of salvation. Remember, all of you, that I speak not of myself, but that I have faithfully declared to you that which the Father commanded I should reveal to the children of men. And these words which the Father directed me to speak to the world are words of divine truth, everlasting mercy, and eternal life.

 

(1903.5) 174:5.8 “But to both Jew and gentile I declare the hour has about come when the Son of Man will be glorified. You well know that, except a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies in good soil, it springs up again to life and bears much fruit. He who selfishly loves his life stands in danger of losing it; but he who is willing to lay down his life for my sake and the gospel’s shall enjoy a more abundant existence on earth and in heaven, life eternal. If you will truly follow me, even after I have gone to my Father, then shall you become my disciples and the sincere servants of your fellow mortals.

 

(1903.6) 174:5.9 “I know my hour is approaching, and I am troubled. I perceive that my people are determined to spurn the kingdom, but I am rejoiced to receive these truth-seeking gentiles who come here today inquiring for the way of light. Nevertheless, my heart aches for my people, and my soul is distraught by that which lies just before me. What shall I say as I look ahead and discern what is about to befall me? Shall I say, Father save me from this awful hour? No! For this very purpose have I come into the world and even to this hour. Rather will I say, and pray that you will join me: Father, glorify your name; your will be done.”

 

(1904.1) 174:5.10 When Jesus had thus spoken, the Personalized Adjuster of his indwelling during prebaptismal times appeared before him, and as he paused noticeably, this now mighty spirit of the Father’s representation spoke to Jesus of Nazareth, saying: “I have glorified my name in your bestowals many times, and I will glorify it once more.”

 

(1904.2) 174:5.11 While the Jews and gentiles here assembled heard no voice, they could not fail to discern that the Master had paused in his speaking while a message came to him from some superhuman source. They all said, every man to the one who was by him, “An angel has spoken to him.”

 

(1904.3) 174:5.12 Then Jesus continued to speak: “All this has not happened for my sake but for yours. I know of a certainty that the Father will receive me and accept my mission in your behalf, but it is needful that you be encouraged and be made ready for the fiery trial which is just ahead. Let me assure you that victory shall eventually crown our united efforts to enlighten the world and liberate mankind. The old order is bringing itself to judgment; the Prince of this world I have cast down; and all men shall become free by the light of the spirit which I will pour out upon all flesh after I have ascended to my Father in heaven.

 

(1904.4) 174:5.13 “And now I declare to you that I, if I be lifted up on earth and in your lives, will draw all men to myself and into the fellowship of my Father. You have believed that the Deliverer would abide on earth forever, but I declare that the Son of Man will be rejected by men, and that he will go back to the Father. Only a little while will I be with you; only a little time will the living light be among this darkened generation. Walk while you have this light so that the oncoming darkness and confusion may not overtake you. He who walks in the darkness knows not where he goes; but if you will choose to walk in the light, you shall all indeed become liberated sons of God. And now, all of you, come with me while we go back to the temple and I speak farewell words to the chief priests, the scribes, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Herodians, and the benighted rulers of Israel.”

 

(1904.5) 174:5.14 Having thus spoken, Jesus led the way over the narrow streets of Jerusalem back to the temple. They had just heard the Master say that this was to be his farewell discourse in the temple, and they followed him in silence and in deep meditation.

 

 

 

 

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 05:37 AM

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Good Day Bonita, Alina, Carolyn, Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors,

 

...As Jesus stood before them at this time, he perceived the end of one dispensation and the beginning of another.... (1903.5) 174:5.6

 

Curious that he should see a dispensational switch at this moment, isn't it? Such is the divine perspective, apparently.

 

 

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So seldom has Jesus spoken of his feelings, but on this April morning he speaks personally, plainly and plaintively:

 

“...I know my hour is approaching, and I am troubled. I perceive that my people are determined to spurn the kingdom, but I am rejoiced to receive these truth-seeking gentiles who come here today inquiring for the way of light. Nevertheless, my heart aches for my people, and my soul is distraught by that which lies just before me....” (1903.6) 174:5.9

 

 

Only a God could so gladly say he is about to be glorified when in fact he will be tortured to death in about 70 hours. This declaration of coming glorification prompts his Adjuster to speak once more, also about glorification:

 

"...I have glorified my name in your bestowals many times, and I will glorify it once more....” (1904.1) 174:5.10

 

This message from God surely made Jesus all the more determined and willing to finish this bestowal in the manner our Father, and his Father, would will it. We might well ask, what is God's motive in having him end his bestowal in such a gruesome way. I think it is because our Father wanted us to know that he is willing to suffer unjustly, as humans sometimes must. Since God cannot, or at least does not, personally appear as himself, he must needs send his son in his stead. I don't doubt for a second that Jesus' extremely cruel death pained our Father even more than it did our beloved Master.

 

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How fortunate the few thousand humans who saw, met, and heard the living Son of God while he was on Urantia. He acknowledges as much in today's reading:

 

“...Only a little while will I be with you; only a little time will the living light be among this darkened generation. Walk while you have this light so that the oncoming darkness and confusion may not overtake you....” (1904.4) 174:5.13

 

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The only Biblical record of this speech appears in somewhat fragmentary and distorted form, in the Gospel of John, chapter 12:

 

23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.

24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.

30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.

31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.

34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?

35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

 

John reports that the Master wept on this occasion, (also in chapter 12):

 

44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.

45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.

46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

 

 

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Light of the World  William Holman Hunt

 

 

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Tomorrow's reading is the introduction to Paper 175: The Last Temple Discourse. Jesus, the apostles, the 30 Greeks and others, leave the camp to spend his last Tuesday afternoon delivering one final appeal to the Jewish priests and rulers.

 

 

Overview of Paper 174: Tuesday Morning in the Temple

 

1. Divine Forgiveness

2. Questions by the Jewish Rulers

3. The Sadducees and the Resurrection

4. The Great Commandment

5. The Inquiring Greeks

 

This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.

 

Listen to Paper 174 (click the speaker icon at the top of the page)

 

Thanks for reading. Members' thoughts, reflections, insights, observations, comments, corrections and questions about today's OPAD presentation are invited.

 

Much love, Rick/OPAD host.





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