The Stoning of the Prophets
Now and Then
As in the graphic at the right we can see the true purpose of religion -- which is to bring about that reality where the Hand of God not only touches us in our daily lives, but actually guides our footsteps in TheWay. In the biblical portrayal of the parable of the prodigal son (Lk 15:11-32), we can observe the reality where we exist in a realm likened to being lost in this world and under the control of the citizen of the far country. , our Heavenly Father is constantly calling out to us to return to the Kingdom of Origination from which we originally emerged.
And in the same way that God is the Universal Force of All of Creation, man is the same now as he was in the past when Yeshua stated: "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you" (Matt 5:11-12 NIV).
Why did Yeshua predict that his genuine disciples will be rejected?
|"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean.
In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous.
And you say, 'If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.'
So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets.
Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers!
"You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?
Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town.
And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.
I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation.
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.
Look, your house is left to you desolate.
For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"
( Matt 23:27-39 NIV)
The focus of Yeshua's condemnation of the Pharisees and teachers of the Law was their outward ritualized observance, in relation to their neglect of their inner reality of mind and spirit. Moreover, their condemnation of