BACKGROUND: Sanhedrin – highest ruling body of the Jews.
70 members – patterned after Numbers 11. 3 groups: rulers/elders/scribes. Corrupted into a political body not godly men. Formed an alliance with Rome to maintain their clout. Power brokers. Two groups below the Chief Priest/High Priest who ruled.
1. Pharisees – many were scribes. Keepers of the law/tradition/ regulations/rules. Sticklers for obedience to letter of law.
2. Sadducees – wealthy, owned most land. Peace at any price to keep their way of life. The liberal theologians of the day. Denied resurrection, angels.
Compare Sanhedrin & Church
|keep status quo||Communicate truth|
|maintained for preservation||maintained by prayer|
|built on rules/laws||built on truth/grace|
NOTHING UPSETS RELIGION LIKE A GOOD DOSE OF JESUS.
WHAT ARE THE EVIDENCES OF WALKING IN BOLDNESS, IN FULLNESS AND THE WORD?
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