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    Richard E Warren
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    Do you mean Peter busting out of prison?

    77:8.12 Many of the more literal phenomena ascribed to angels have been performed by the secondary midway creatures. When the early teachers of the gospel of Jesus were thrown into prison by the ignorant religious leaders of that day, an actual “angel of the Lord” “by night opened the prison doors and brought them forth.” But in the case of Peter’s deliverance after the killing of James by Herod’s order, it was a secondary midwayer who performed the work ascribed to an angel.

     

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    Richard E Warren

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    Richard E Warren
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    Welcome to The OPAD Online Study Session

    Today’s Presentation

    Paper 175 – THE LAST TEMPLE DISCOURSE

    4. The Situation in Jerusalem

    At the conclusion of Jesus’ last discourse in the temple, the apostles once more were left in confusion and consternation. Before the Master began his terrible denunciation of the Jewish rulers, Judas had returned to the temple, so that all twelve heard this latter half of Jesus’ last discourse in the temple. It is unfortunate that Judas Iscariot could not have heard the first and mercy-proffering half of this farewell address. He did not hear this last offer of mercy to the Jewish rulers because he was still in conference with a certain group of Sadducean relatives and friends with whom he had lunched, and with whom he was conferring as to the most fitting manner of dissociating himself from Jesus and his fellow apostles. It was while listening to the Master’s final indictment of the Jewish leaders and rulers that Judas finally and fully made up his mind to forsake the gospel movement and wash his hands of the whole enterprise. Nevertheless, he left the temple in company with the twelve, went with them to Mount Olivet, where, with his fellow apostles, he listened to that fateful discourse on the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the Jewish nation, and remained with them that Tuesday night at the new camp near Gethsemane.

    (1910.4) 175:4.2 The multitude who heard Jesus swing from his merciful appeal to the Jewish leaders into that sudden and scathing rebuke which bordered on ruthless denunciation, were stunned and bewildered. That night, while the Sanhedrin sat in death judgment upon Jesus, and while the Master sat with his apostles and certain of his disciples out on the Mount of Olives foretelling the death of the Jewish nation, all Jerusalem was given over to the serious and suppressed discussion of just one question: “What will they do with Jesus?”

    (1910.5) 175:4.3 At the home of Nicodemus more than thirty prominent Jews who were secret believers in the kingdom met and debated what course they would pursue in case an open break with the Sanhedrin should come. All present agreed that they would make open acknowledgment of their allegiance to the Master in the very hour they should hear of his arrest. And that is just what they did.

    (1911.1) 175:4.4 The Sadducees, who now controlled and dominated the Sanhedrin, were desirous of making away with Jesus for the following reasons:

    (1911.2) 175:4.5 1. They feared that the increased popular favor with which the multitude regarded him threatened to endanger the existence of the Jewish nation by possible involvement with the Roman authorities.

    (1911.3) 175:4.6 2. His zeal for temple reform struck directly at their revenues; the cleansing of the temple affected their pocketbooks.

    (1911.4) 175:4.7 3. They felt themselves responsible for the preservation of social order, and they feared the consequences of the further spread of Jesus’ strange and new doctrine of the brotherhood of man.

    (1911.5) 175:4.8 The Pharisees had different motives for wanting to see Jesus put to death. They feared him because:

    (1911.6) 175:4.9 1. He was arrayed in telling opposition to their traditional hold upon the people. The Pharisees were ultraconservative, and they bitterly resented these supposedly radical attacks upon their vested prestige as religious teachers.

    (1911.7) 175:4.10 2. They held that Jesus was a lawbreaker; that he had shown utter disregard for the Sabbath and numerous other legal and ceremonial requirements.

    (1911.8) 175:4.11 3. They charged him with blasphemy because he alluded to God as his Father.

    (1911.9) 175:4.12 4. And now were they thoroughly angry with him because of his last discourse of bitter denunciation which he had this day delivered in the temple as the concluding portion of his farewell address.

    (1911.10) 175:4.13 The Sanhedrin, having formally decreed the death of Jesus and having issued orders for his arrest, adjourned on this Tuesday near midnight, after appointing to meet at ten o’clock the next morning at the home of Caiaphas the high priest for the purpose of formulating the charges on which Jesus should be brought to trial.

    (1911.11) 175:4.14 A small group of the Sadducees had actually proposed to dispose of Jesus by assassination, but the Pharisees utterly refused to countenance such a procedure.

    (1911.12) 175:4.15 And this was the situation in Jerusalem and among men on this eventful day while a vast concourse of celestial beings hovered over this momentous scene on earth, anxious to do something to assist their beloved Sovereign but powerless to act because they were effectively restrained by their commanding superiors.

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    Richard E Warren

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    Richard E Warren
    Richard E Warren
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    Good Day Bonita, Gene, Brad, Alina, Carolyn Carola, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors,

    How terribly fitting that Judas should miss ALL the mercy offering–and hear ALL the denunciation–while deciding how to divorce himself from the group.

    But some of his Jewish believers were more loyal and steadfast than the Master’s own apostle. From today’s reading:

    …All present agreed that they would make open acknowledgment of their allegiance to the Master in the very hour they should hear of his arrest. And that is just what they did…. (1910.5)175:4.3

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    The Gospel of Matthew appears to be the only one that reflects today’s reading. From chapter 26:

    1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,

    Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.

    Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,

    And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him.

    But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.

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    So, together the Pharisees and Sadducees had seven supposedly good reasons to kill Jesus, mostly around tradition, pride and income. You have to wonder if the same might happen today. The Truth can still get you crucified, if not literally, then figuratively. Maybe that’s why they sent a book this time.

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    That’s all of 175. Tomorrow’s reading is the introduction to Paper 176 TUESDAY EVENING ON MOUNT OLIVET It tells about Jesus predicting the destruction of the Jerusalem temple, and a question on when that will happen from Nathaniel.

     

    Overview of Paper 175: The Last Temple Discourse

    1. The Discourse
    2. Status of Individual Jews
    3. The Fateful Sanhedrin Meeting
    4. The Situation in Jerusalem

    This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.

    Thanks for reading. Members’ thoughts, reflections, insights, observations, comments, corrections and questions about today’s OPAD presentation are invited.

    Much love, Rick/OPAD host.

    Richard E Warren

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    richsachs
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    i have been very slow to learn the material secrets of the interrelationship of cause and effect in the physical domains of energy, matter, and life.

    90:3.9 (990.4) 5. Natural causation. Mankind has been very slow to learn the material secrets of the interrelationship of cause and effect in the physical domains of energy, matter, and life. The ancient Greeks, having preserved the traditions of Adamson’s teachings, were among the first to recognize that all disease is the result of natural causes. Slowly and certainly the unfolding of a scientific era is destroying man’s age-old theories of sickness and death. Fever was one of the first human ailments to be removed from the category of supernatural disorders, and progressively the era of science has broken the fetters of ignorance which so long imprisoned the human mind. An understanding of old age and contagion is gradually obliterating man’s fear of ghosts, spirits, and gods as the personal perpetrators of human misery and mortal suffering.

    Do you mean Peter busting out of prison?

    77:8.12 Many of the more literal phenomena ascribed to angels have been performed by the secondary midway creatures. When the early teachers of the gospel of Jesus were thrown into prison by the ignorant religious leaders of that day, an actual “angel of the Lord” “by night opened the prison doors and brought them forth.” But in the case of Peter’s deliverance after the killing of James by Herod’s order, it was a secondary midwayer who performed the work ascribed to an angel.

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