WARNINGS AND MANIPULATION

I can only imagine the many social dangers, toils and snares that Jesus encountered in his public life. He had amazing grace and confrontational skills in dealing with a constant barrage of people with agendas. He was masterful and seeing through pretense and identifying what they were really after.


Luke 13:
31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”


Not every Pharisee had their heart set against Jesus. Nicodemus was one who came with legitimate questions and wanted to understand the truth about Jesus. Joseph of Arimathea was a member of the Sanhedrin and provided a tomb for Jesus’ body. The gospels tell of people from every tribe and group coming to Jesus and being changed. Many were people that Jews would not trust or mix with.

We need to be wise about typecasting Pharisees, Americans, Muslims or other cultures as if they all think with one mind and behave accordingly.

But what was going on with these Pharisees? Were they truly interested in Jesus’ safety? Or were they pretending to be friendly in order to manipulate Jesus into going away? Had they been sent by Herod in a sly attempt to divert Jesus’ campaign out of Herod’s district?

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