John and the Herodians - From the What a Strange Little Man Series (Chapter 6, page 2 of 6)

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Chapter 6

Woody laid a rather large historical book in the center of the table. He ran his index finger along the bottom of a page, and then to the top of the next.

"This is what life was like in first century Palestine," he said, as he read from the book, "The seekers of God could be saved by the Messiah's direct intervention, but the city and its system was completely corrupt, and misrepresented God. This general interpretation of who God was resulted in persecution of Christians because they believed the Messiah had come, while the Jewish leaders could not agree on the matter."

"It's hard to believe I lived there a few years ago," I said soberly.

"It doesn't seem to be much different than today," Tom said.

"How did John view all of this?" Mary asked.

"It appears he was greatly affected by the attitude of the day; he was known as one of the 'sons of thunder'. This name typified his impetuous nature. After experiencing a close relationship with Jesus, his view of life changed," Woody offered as he looked at the big book on the table.

"It makes sense that he would be the Apostle for this age," Mary said.

"In light of what we are experiencing, I'd have to agree," Tom said.

"He is also known as the disciple of love," I said.

"It will be interesting to see how this characteristic of John manifests," Woody said.

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