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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

October 14 - Evening

"The apostles and the believers throughout Judea
heard that the Gentiles also had received the
word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem,
the circumcised believers criticized him
 and said,

“You went into the house of uncircumcised
men and ate with them.

- Acts 11:1-3

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Jewish Legalism in the Ranks of Church Leadership    

The church was originally a Jewish church. They followed Jewish customs, worshipped in the Jewish Temple, were highly regarded in Jewish society (Acts 5:13) and continually grew in number including gaining a number of followers from the Jewish priests (Acts 6:7). The persecution of Christians in Jerusalem had ceased since the time of Paul’s conversion which meant the church was meeting openly and many who followed the Law rigidly, such as the Pharisees, had joined the believers. These rigid Law abiding Jews lived and preached Jewish legalism among the ranks of the early Jerusalem church and were known as the circumcised believers. Obviously Peter and the rest of the Jewish apostles were also circumcised, but circumcision and obedience to the Jewish law was not the doctrine Jesus had sent the apostles into the world to preach. They had been told to teach Christ’s doctrine to the Gentiles, not the Mosaic Law to the Gentiles:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28:19-20

Peter seriously violated the circumcised believers’ standards of Jewish holiness when he enter the house of Cornelius, an uncircumcised Gentile, and, then, actually ate a meal with the Gentile centurion in his home.

Clearly, the early church in Jerusalem is struggling to understand the Gospel without Jewish colored glasses. The apostles themselves had to make many cultural adjustments when they traveled with Jesus who introduced the new phase of the kingdom of God called the Church. Many Jews, including Jesus brother James who became the leader of the Jerusalem church, continued to follow Jewish customs and worship on the Temple Mount. Why not? They were Jews and this was their culture. Yet, when they went to teach the Gentiles men like Peter, Paul and John did not teach Jewish culture or demand obedience to the Law of Moses. These men preached the message of Jesus. Yet, a group of Jews, called the Circumcision Group would not accept this distinction. They continued to teach circumcision and legalistic obedience to the Law of Moses to the Gentile churches. These circumcised believers would continue to be a problem for Paul in most of his churches in Gentile cities.

“Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh. For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh.” – Philippians 3:2-3

“Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation.” – Galatians 6:15

“He (Peter) began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group.” – Galatians 2:12

  Christian Quote from Church History

" What we really need, after all, is not to defend the Bible but to understand it.
- Millar Burrows







Something to Ponder??
In 1663 the Bible was
printed into the language
of the Algonquin Native American tribe.
The Puritans then killed
them all.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Episkopos (Gr) - Bishop (Eng) - the Greek word episkopos means “overseer” or “guardian.
In the Greek culture emperors appointed episkopos to oversee captured cities or new cities established on the frontier or their empire.

  It is known that in the Babylonian Talmud there are several references to Jesus where his name was replaced with "Such-an-one" by the Jews to avoid arousing the wrath of the Christians who held power at that time. Here is an example of the Jews trying to slander the name
and reputation of Jesus
and his family:
"R. Shimeon ben Azzai said:
'I found a genealogical roll in Jerusalem wherein was recorded, 'Such-an-one is a bastard of an adulteress
.' " (Babylonian Talmud, Yebamoth 3.3)
(more here)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I judge people by their possessions and wealth?
Do I find self-worth, or lack of self-worth, based on what I have?
I will respect possessions and wealth, but realize that material things are often
poor indicator of the quality in the soul of a person.
  "The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the
rich have many friends."
- Proverbs 14:20
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Jericho, Neolithic tower

This the base of a tower in Jericho from the Neolithic period from 8300-8000 BC. There have been over 20 cities built on top of each over since 9000 BC at this location. This makes Jericho the oldest inhabited city on earth.
(click on image for larger size)

Herod's family tree.
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of all the "Herods' mentioned in the NT.
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