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Jesus was conservative Jew??



There have been endless discussions about the nature of Jesus. Jim Bowman says: "I agree with Rob Gaudet. Jesus adhered to the Law as set down by Moses. If one insists on putting a modern label on Jesus, I'd say that in the most straightforward, theological sense, he was a "conservative" Jew. But... he refused to abide by the legalism that the "hyperfundamentalists" (Pharisees) had infected it with. Ronald in his comment does not quite finish the whole sentence, for Jesus said that he had not come to change one "jot or tittle(sp!)" of the Law, but to fulfill it."- (Matthew 5). That is, that unless the spiritual purpose of the Law is understood, it's just a bunch of rules (and we know how humans bend, reinterpret,ignore and rebel against rules). Jesus was looking for heart change ("the Kingdom of God is near/within/in you." (-Luke 10, et al.)

Jesus certainly did know all about David. He was an expert in the "Old Testament" and confounded the Jewish leaders on his knowledge of it when he was very young. He refuted numerous arguments with his precise quoting of the Scriptures. He was not only a descendant of David, he was the descendant of David's son Solomon, a child born as a result of the adulterous and murderous relationship with Bath-Sheba. Jesus' very human existence is salted with scandal. His opponents, knowing that the alleged manner of his birth was not believable, taunted him by saying, "At least we know who our father is, Abraham." Jesus countered with, "Before Abraham was, I am (grk:ego eimi)," - (John 8) the very phrase used by God in his encounter with Moses on Sinai.

As to speculations about his attitude toward concubines,who knows? There is no historic record of that. Jesus tended to look beyond the physical and social human condition and zero in on revolution of the heart. ("The poor you have with you always, and you can always do good to them, but you will not always have me with you" - Mark 14). Nor is he so much concerned with death as he is with one's relationship to God "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10).

In a capsule, I'd say Jesus felt that the world would change if people's hearts would change..if they would "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind.....and love your neighbor as yourselves." - (Matthew 22) The "Golden Rule" is so often hacked so as to avoid the part about loving God, because it is so "religious."

Ronald Hilton - 2/23/03


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