All Conversations in My Heart
Thursday, February 28, 2008
  Where Did Their Faith Go In So Few Days?
I have written before about the Church’s directions on the conditions of discerning Divine Revelations. We are instructed to put ourselves in the place of those who were living at the time of the events, taking into account social mores, conditions of living and habitation. So with Passion Week approaching let me ask you all, “What happened to the Hebrews who rejoiced so fully as Christ entered Jerusalem, riding on a donkey’s foal. Those, I mean who acclaimed Christ as Son of David, throwing down palm branches, flower petals and even garments to prevent the Lord our God contaminating His Feet with the dust of the World. This dust was considered by the faithful Hebrew of that time symbolically representing the sins of the world. Feet and hands when a Hebrew entered a home were always washed as a symbol of washing away sin and not bringing them into a friend’s home.

Catholic’s once did the same with the Holy Water font fixed to a wall adjacent to the entrance doors of our homes and churches.

Where did they run and hide in the short days between Sunday and Thursday? Many, many more gave witness to Christ on the Sunday than were howling imprecations in the procession up to the Crucifixion on Calvary. Did they spend Monday and Tuesday specifically erasing from their minds their hope and belief in Jesus, Son of David as their Messiah? Somehow, I do not think so. Did Christ rise from the dead? If he did not then the Hebrew witnesses of that time would of scornfully written Him off and not have to consistently change their writings. This they did up to the arrival of Asher ben Asher in the middle centuries. Justin Martyr could not have made the accusation to his friend Trypho the Jew that his people were willfully changing their religious books to hide the prophecies of the Messiah.

The most important point I will make is this. Did the Hebrews know that Christ had risen from the dead? Did the Hebrews of the Apostolic time of the Christian religion know for sure He had risen. If He had not and if he did not then Paul could not have written, as he did in Ist. Corinthians chapter 15. His Letter would have been destroyed by those so eager to rewrite their scriptures and destroy all memories of the Messiah. They after the witness of Lazarus brought back from the dead would have been absolutely sure He did too when faced with the fact of 500 witnesses many not yet dead. Furthermore I must think that it was not only the new Christians and the Apostles who saw Him, but being an all merciful God, more than one or two of His enemies must have been visited with the presence of the Risen Christ.

If I am wrong where the records of that time of Hebraic history that absolutely contradict all of the above? Where are the targums and other writings explaining from the Septuagint that Christ quoted that denied His words? Why if the High priest, the Pharisees and Saducees were insulted by Christ when he called them, Whited Sepulchers, piles of old bones, vipers, asps and even a hint of goat-hood among them was He not stoned? The only quotation out of the synagogue was Gamaliel's in the Acts, "If it is from God it will survive" If He was homosexual too as San Francisco baptists claim then the Hebrew Rulers could have stoned Him to death without any fuss as per the Old Law.

 




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