I’m Herod the Great, king of Judea. I’ve built a magnificent temple, constructed a seaport at Caesarea, established a trading hub for the region and managed the Jewish people and the area in a manner that pleases Julius Caesar and the Roman court. I will not let anything or anyone interfere with my plans.
With Alexander the Great’s conquest of much of the known world in the third century B.C. there was a danger that Jewish families would accept Greek pagan religious customs. This gave rise to Jewish religious leaders called Pharisees that sought to impose not only Mosaic Law, but added many additional rules and restrictions. Greek language,… Read More »
For generations prophets had foretold that there would be a Messiah that would be born and that He would save his people. Many parents taught this to their children; but, what about the Pharisees and Sadducees? The lifestyle of the Pharisees was focused on strict adherence to both the Mosaic Law and additional laws and… Read More »
During domination of Judah by the Persians, Greeks and Romans, the office of High Priest deteriorated into a largely political position, with a greater emphasis on secular government. At the time of Jesus, the High Priest Annas was deposed by the Roman governor and replaced by Caiaphas.
While, details about the destruction of Jerusalem, given by Zechariah were sketchy, it provided a warning for the Jewish people to redirect their focus on worship and obedience to God. Later Jesus would, also, forecast the destruction of Jerusalem; but, revealed that there would be an opportunity for Christians to flee the city, to spare… Read More »
Jesus, the Good Shepherd, was delivered into the hands of the High Priest and Roman soldiers. His disciples scattered, except for one, who later denied that he knew Jesus, not once but three times.
In that day, victory…and sorrow. All the enemies of Jerusalem will be defeated by God. Sorrow because salvation came at an awful price…the ridicule, torture and crucifixion of Jesus.
In Zechariah’s vision, his life was valued at thirty pieces of silver by the leaders. In Exodus 21:32, thirty pieces of silver was the value established for a slave that was gored by a bull. In Matthew 26:15, Judas is offered thirty pieces of silver in exchange for the life of Jesus. Both threw the… Read More »
God made a promise to Abraham and to Jacob and a number of times to their descendants. Biblical history states that many times the Israelites turned away from God and chose their own way. But, God never stopped loving them; and again, at this time He said, “Ask, and I will bless you. I will… Read More »
Complacent with establishing a fortified island a half-mile off-shore from the old city to Tyre and enjoying a profitable fleet of ships, the leaders of Tyre chose to turn their back on an old trading partner, Israel. Forgotten were the days when King David of Israel and King Hiram of Tyre enjoyed a cordial arrangement… Read More »