What A Strange Little Man (Chapter 4, page 2 of 13)


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Chapter 4

"It all started when I was a young man. I was known as a great teacher of the law. People wanted to hear me speak everywhere I went. This was largely due to a teacher named Gamaliel who taught me some of the finer points of the law and how to apply reason to every day life. Due to the years of training I received, I was enraged by the heresy of a group of people known as 'The Way.' They were called that because the things they taught were new to the people, and they were also convinced their 'way' was the true way to know God. Jesus had ushered in a doctrine none of us were ready to accept. I had heard of others claiming to be the Messiah, but none had gained such a following as this man. The excitement of a messiah would usually die down after the man making the claim was imprisoned, so my training would not allow me to accept this teaching as anything but heresy. It stirred the crowds to praising God in the streets! They were doing things in the marketplace that was only supposed to take place in the synagogue."

I interrupted him, "Why did that cause such an uprising? People are always doing strange things today."

He quickly responded, "Well, you see, they were doing things that only the high priest was allowed to do, such as showing them a way of forgiveness of their sins without making any kind of sacrifice. But what really made us angry was they were using the name of Jesus, instead of Jehovah, to do this!"

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