posted on Apr, 12 2006 @ 01:39 PM
I would propose that the culture and the society did not matter in any way. God is the Alpha and the Omega, unchanging. His justice is not influenced
by any nation's culture, no matter how prevalent. Also, like most of Israel's prophets, Christ was not really considered a good citizen of Israel
(though Rome occupied Israel, it still maintained a cultural bubble outside of Roman society as a whole). He told the people hard truths. He
continually told the Jewish leadership at the time, the scriptural scholars, that He was divine. Blasphemy if He wasn't the messiah, and Caiaphas did
want to lose control.
You also need to know that Israel and the Jewish leadership had changed their worship of God into a legalistic series of rights, instead of a
relationship. Abraham did not have the Law, yet was considered a friend of God's. Moses was a friend to God. It wasn't a series of dos and don'ts,
but a relationship God had sought with His people. At Jesus' time, there is plenty of evidence that the Jews had become extremely legalistic. Like
Revelation 2:2-5 says to the church at Ephesus, He held the same thing against the Jews at the time:
2I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be
apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. 4Yet I hold
this against you: You have forsaken your first love.
There was even a sect in the Jewish leadership, of which Saul (soon to be Paul) was a part, that believed that if they could get every Jew to observe
every law in the Torah and Talmud for 24 hours, it would bring the Messiah. It was rules to obey to know God, when God is a personal God who wants us
to primarily love Him. The rest will follow. He does not want us to forsake our first love.
Jesus came as the ultimate sin sacrifice, but he also spent 3 and a third years in ministry, teaching Israel what God really
wanted from them:
Their devotion, their reverence, their love. He died for us. We love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). He is our God, He is our savior, He
is our hope, He is our friend.