Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy…

Twe Stephens By Twe Stephens, 28th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/sy6zsldw/
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The Pharisees wanted Jesus more than their next breath and few stood up to them - for they were the feared power in all of Israel.

Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy…

Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy…



Caiaphas sat in the highest seat of honor looking over the sea of Priests, scripture lawyers, and Sadducees who swarmed below him.
Nicodemus cleared his throat nervously knowing he was seriously treading on thin ice. “This has to be the Messiah; we have looked at everything he has done, the signs, and the scriptural report about this man that claims to be the Son of God.”
“With all the massive intellects and fancy degrees and diplomas in this room, the only solution is to kill him? Even the pagans elevate killing their enemies as common sense – but we are supposed to be men of God! Will we continue down the insane path of Priests before us by killing the prophets because we don’t like their message?”
“John the Baptist based his whole ministry on the Messiah was here. Our policy was to brand him a blaspheming liar, and vilify him day and night in the synagogues; it worked for a season, but we cannot ignore what is in front of our faces. You think it’s a coincidence the miracle worker appeared as John said he would? Knowing this, how can we fight the power of God without investigation…?”
Ananias ben Nebedeus trembled with anger, “We tried bringing him, but he not only rejects us, but calls us vipers so much even the common folk hate us – we have no respect anymore.
“I could care less about the miracles. This man is undermining our power, our money, our coffers; people aren’t giving anymore because they think we’re hooligans. He is not political and that is a fatal flaw in these times.”
“Are you saying you don’t care if he’s sent by The One or not; is that what you are saying?”
“We cannot allow anyone to destroy the Priesthood, period – that’s what I’m saying. We just can’t allow that!”
“Everyone in this room has doctorates in scripture, so we know the prophecies backwards and sideways,” Nicodemus growled. “He has fulfilled all the prophecies about him. My God people, he has healed…”
Unrolling thick heavy parchment, Nicodemus paused and pleaded h passionately, “According to our own records, Jesus healed over one hundred thousand people and those are only the people we’ve recorded. Only God knows the true numbers healed. We’d be fools to ignore that!”
Jonathan interrupted ignoring protocol. “Our role is leadership, but we are also stinking politicians for every Rabbi answers not only to God but also to government – that’s how things are; we can’t complain for The One decreed this system. Jesus needs us to accomplish anything for we’re the only power – rejecting us is rejecting The One. It’s just that simple.
“We admit the system was responsible for the death of many so-called prophets, but past atrocities, mistakes, and abuses cannot grant them of freedom from us – no matter what, we must maintain what The One has given us...”
Caiaphas raised his hand; in response, the room fell silent. “Three things are unacceptable; he exposes our Nethinim roots, calls us not of Abraham, and worse states this publically – strengthening his credibility by unending miracles while making us look like jackasses. Adding injury to injustice, our incomes dropped affecting all our profits – they don’t give because they don’t believe our gospel. They are supposed to support our luxury, feed us, and allow us to lord over them.
“You expect me to believe I cannot serve God besides being a slave and chopping wood like Joshua decreed. The Priesthood has modernized with a greater inclusive vision; no one is accountable for their father’s sins. My children will grow up in a world that will judge by the content of their character – not where their father’s father did.
“The Levites serve us,” Caiaphas continued. “But we protect the banner of Aaron from forces within and without. Even Nicodemus, who is one of the few Levitical Priests, has the same opportunity to sit in this golden chair one day. Anyone who believes The One wants to destroy his Priesthood speaks black blasphemy. We’ll send a wildfire through Israel if necessary, even to the death of the miracle Rabbi! We cannot sit back and get poorer, get weaker, lose power, and be exterminated because of one man.
“How long do you think this will stay hidden from Caesar? Even the soldiers are talking about the crowds that constantly follow him. And Herod is too stupid to see anything a threat except someone talking about his wife: swatting at the flies while ignoring the lion roaring in his face. What will happen if Caesar hears about Jesus? The fool thinks himself a God and he’ll listen to Jesus and have all our heads, as he sees for himself the miracles this man can do…
“Like anyone here I’d like to stand by his side as he is coroneted King of a new Israel. But that will never happen with his attitude. Politics is forever an ugly beast that’ll never die, and we must do what is for our greater good. If we are wrong on this, then Joshua was wrong to make us slaves; so be it.”
Caiaphas turned red-faced livid, “He is killing us; murdering our Priesthood, mocking our way of life, dismantling the respect we used to command, and the very monies in our purses – all in the name of The One. I cannot tolerate that – I will not let the Priesthood of Israel die on my watch.
“Count the cost! We’ve lost hundreds of our spies to his doctrine. We cannot even trust our most loyal adepts anymore – and this has to stop – no matter what, no matter the consequences!”
Caiaphas fluttered his gilded purple robe in anger, adjusting his gold pressed breastplate. He took a sip of wine and nodded back to Nicodemus, as the scribes rolled their eyes in disbelief; everyone had something to say – this had been going on for hours without hint of closure. They wanted to be anywhere except in this hot stuffy chamber.
Nicodemus stood up ignoring the bitter muttering, “We don’t know the extent of his powers. Remember when the Angels smote those outside Lot’s door with blindness; are we so sure that Jesus can’t blind each and everyone in this room, or kill our families, or destroy this entire nation off the face off the earth, without lifting a finger. Can we trust him when cornered, angered, or arrested? Who in all Israel can put a sword to his throat when he says no? Maybe that’s what he wants us to do. If we do this, we may walk down the path of our self-engineered self-destruction…
“All I’m saying is to wait. Jesus healed three hundred lepers in front of thousands by speaking two words – ‘be healed’. We’d be asinine to think he can’t kill in the same way – and insane to think he won’t use that power against us.
“Some of you were there when Jesus turned over the tables, and not one of you lifted a stinking finger and neither did the Temple guards. We all know the reason, and forgive me for saying this – it was stark fear of the supernatural.
“You argue back and forth if this man is God or not – but common sense should tell us if he isn’t – it’d be prudent to treat him that way until we can find to engage him. All I ask is anything beside suicidal attack. There is nothing we do today that can’t backfire into an unimaginable quagmire when dealing with a man even his enemies confess, has the power of a God. Can we afford to commit the most foul if he is the Son of God: commit unholy parricide?”
Ananias ben Nebedeus jumped from his seat, “A God! You dare call him that in this holy place. Are you his follower too? Is he going to deliver us from ourselves?”
“You’re stupid Ananias, and even Jesus with his mighty powers can’t cure that. How many degrees do we need to confess the obvious; even a fool knows the supernatural in his face! Who goes into a lion’s den unarmed? And I tell you this Jesus is mightier than any lion, and if we do this and it goes wrong – he might kill all of us, even our children and families. And tell me what me court would convict him of anything miles away from the scene of the deed? This is not about stinking politics, and what is best for the nation, it’s about us and only us; we are attacking a power that can command the weather!”
Nicodemus paused a moment catching his breath, as hundreds stood paralyzed fascinated, for his logic was impeccable. Ananias ben Nebedeus rolled his eyes in cartoon frustration
He walked to his face, “Don’t roll your eyes – he’s done that, and the second witnesses are our own spies and servants. I ask to approach this man with extreme. He can snap his fingers and ten thousand will rise to do his bidding – can we say the same? We are a mouse hunting the lion; we must be proactive and attempt again and again if necessary to groom him. There should be pride in this for nothing beats a try – not even a fail.”
Nicodemus sat down. This Jesus problem had a life of its own, and there were no cool heads anymore; everyone was possessed. And he remembered the last words of Jesus; Can the righteous minister in Satan’s house? Lot tried and failed, and was called out of Sodom by The One himself, and likewise I call you out, Nicodemus. They’re not our rock – I know you understand my words.
Nathanial, who stood on the podium below Caiaphas’ throne, stuck his gravel hard, “We’ll pray for guidance in this matter, for if we leave him alone all men will believe, and the Romans take our place and nation. We’ll have another meeting a fortnight from today – same time.”
Muffled groan swept over the room. Hundreds of Priests left the dark bowels of the temple, trailed by a multitude of scribes and Sadducees complaining about Jesus and the endless meetings…

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author avatar Teila
28th Feb 2012 (#)

This is terrific!

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author avatar Sinbad the SailorMan
3rd Mar 2012 (#)

Yes this is Terrific,Twe Stephens, I enjoyed the read it gives a great in depth insight of what these so called leaders were thinking. I could see the scenes in my minds eyes as I read your text. A job well done. Thank you for your time and vision Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man

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author avatar Jack Vorster
9th Mar 2012 (#)

Absolutely excellent. You've made it come alive. This should be put on stage.

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author avatar Jack Vorster
9th Mar 2012 (#)

Absolutely excellent. You've made it come alive. This should be put on stage.

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