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What Jesus’ Enemies Knew…

SilentJesusHere are some things that Jesus' enemies got right.  They are a window onto the mindset and expectations of the Jews...

Matthew 2:4-6: The chief priests and scribes knew from Scripture that the Christ was Israel's Shepherd. They knew He was to be born into the world (not descend in a chariot) and His birthplace would be Bethlehem. As far as they were concerned the prophets were clear and they followed them to just the right conclusions.

Matthew 4:6: Satan is clear that Psalm 91 concerns Jesus. Christ is the One who dwells in the shadow of the Most High and who treads on the lion and the serpent (Ps 91:13) - though the devil doesn't go on to quote that part!

John 5:18: The Jews knew that Christ's claim to be the Son was a claim to equality with God. They didn't say "You make yourself to be almost as divine as God". Even these enemies of Jesus believed that the Father and Son are equal within the one Godhead.

John 8:56-59: When Jesus claims that Abraham saw "my day" they clearly understood it to be a physical encounter - hence they exclaim "You're not yet 50".  The know Jesus is claiming pre-existence and they know it's a capital offence.

Mark 14:60-64: The high priest was well aware 'the Christ', 'Son of God' and 'Son of Man' are all interchangeable titles and that claiming them means blasphemy.

Any more you can think of?

6 thoughts on “What Jesus’ Enemies Knew…

  1. JohnOrchard

    It's interesting that in the Mark 14 passage Jesus explicitly ties his "Son of Man" title to the figure in Daniel 7.13-14, one who is distinct from the Ancient of Days, yet worthy of worship. The only choice other than shouting "blasphemy" is to fall down in worship. There were no Unitarians in that room!

  2. Cal

    The whole scene before Pilate in John:

    Crowd: "If you let this man go, you are not Caesar's friend. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar"
    ****
    Pilate: "Behold your King!"

    Pilate, while at least an ignorant Gentile, is the worst of men: superstitious and politically conniving. He get spooked when he hears Jesus is the son of God, but then pushes the mob until they say: "We have no king but Caesar!"

  3. theoldadam

    They knew he wasn't going along with business as usual. That he was running roughshod over the law whenever it got in the way of his doing what was needed.

    They knew he knew what hypocrites they all really were.

    They knew that there wasn't room for the good religious folks like themselves, and the likes of Jesus. Someone had to go.

  4. skuybalon

    Luke 4:16-30, I hope fits the bill. He outlines His ministry and later uses its fulfillment to tell John the Prophet Baptist, the Messianic Age is here. Here is also the reality of evil's hatred of God manifested and how He had to carry out His Father's. That was not God's time.

  5. John B

    Caiaphas "prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad." (John 11: 51, 52)

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