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The pharisees and the sadducees.

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The pharisees and the sadducees were jewish religtious parties that existed during the time of Jesus. They were strict in obeying the law of Moses and other regulations which had been handed to them through the centuries.

The sadducees were mostly prieist. They had several believes and practises that were different from the larger party of the pharisees. They did not belief in the resurection and they thought there were no angels nor spirits. The pharisees believed in all these (Acts 23:9). They, together with the teachers of the law and the sadducees were the greatest critics of Jesus. Apostle Paul and his father were of the party of the pharisees (Acts 23:6).

The pharisees, the teachers of the law and the sadducees were the greatest opponents of Jesus. They criticised him for healing and working on the sabbath which was against the laws of Moses (mathew 12:2, mathew 12:24 and luke 6:2 ). They equally denounced Jesus for eating with outcasts and tax collectors (mathew 9:11) and that he drove out demons because their leader Beelzebub , gave him power to do so (mathew 12:24). In addition, they criticised Jesus for forgiving sins when only God could do so ( luke 5:21).

In some instances, their teachings were contrary to that of Jesus. In mathew 16:6, Jesus warned his disciples to guard against the teachings of the the pharisees and sadducees. In mathew 23:3, Jesus instructs the people to take what they said but not to do what they did because they did not practise what they preached. They were given the best places in feast, reserved seats in the syangoogue and greeted in market places with names like “teacher”, “father”, or leader. Jesus said only him and God could be addressed thus and that the pharisees instead of humbling themselves were exalting themselves. This greatly angered them because they found their power and prestige undermined.

I was meditating on the ministry of Jesus and the role of the pharisees, the sadducees and the teachers of the law and i realised they are the ones who made Jesus great. Their endless questions and their hope to trap him so that they could arrest him all helped in propelling Jesus to the forefront.

So, friends, whatever you decide to do, you would have critics and opponents. Even if they do not talk agianst you in your presence, they would speak behind your back. Critics are not to be despised because they are the ones who would make you popular and persist in whatever you are doing. Also do not be a pharisee by trying to exalt yourself. Humble yourself and God would exalt you. I wish you all a nice day.

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