DAVID A. MCMILLEN

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I AM AN 80 YEAR OLD MALE, BORN AGAIN, CHRISTIAN WITH A LOVE FOR JESUS. I DO NOT GET OUT MUCH ANYMORE BUT FIND THAT TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT THE LOVE JESUS HAS FOR THEM IS NOT ONLY WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO BUT SOMETHING THAT THE WORLD NEEDS.

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"GOD'S WILL ABOVE OURS" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-05-27

God's Will Above Ours


May 27th




Luke 9:23, 'And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.'



MATTHEW 16:16-26; MARK 8:30-37; LUKE 9:21-27



Self-denial is an important part of the Christian life. Jesus sacrificed His life for us and He demands that we die to ourselves that we might experience the new life He has provided. We do this first by recognizing that we can't save ourselves by our own effort and, second, by trusting God - not self - for salvation. Then daily, we need to deny our own wisdom and seek God's wisdom and direction for our lives.

Self-denial is only good when we are denying ourselves for the singular purpose of exalting Jesus and His will for us in some area of our life. Some have made a religion out of self-denial and find pleasure in their denial - not in Jesus'lordship. This leads to legalism and bondage, which Paul condemned as will worship (Col. 2:23). We are told not only to deny ourselves, but to 'deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus.'

The cross is what Jesus died on. There are circumstances in our lives which, like the cross of Jesus, give us the opportunity to die to ourselves each day. These are not things like sickness, poverty, etc., for which Jesus' atonement provided redemption, but rather things like persecution (which we are not redeemed from) and the constant battle between our flesh and our born again spirit. The cross that we must bear is to take God's Word (which is His will) and exalt it above our own will in each situation every day.


"PERSECUTED BECAUSE OF JESUS?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-05-27
 


PERSECUTED BECAUSE OF JESUS?


ARE YOU BEING PERSECUTED FOR BELIEVING IN AND SHARING JESUS WITH OTHERS?  PERSECUTION IS BEING HARASSED OR OPPRESSED, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE OF YOUR BELIEF IN JESUS.  IF YOU ARE BEING PERSECUTED, LOOK WHAT JESUS TELLS US TO DO IN MATTHEW 5:12 WHEN HE SAYS "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."  OUR BELIEF IN HIM WILL BE REWARDED FAR GREATER THAN ANY SUFFERING WE MIGHT ENCOUNTER.  



WHETHER YOU KNOW IT OR NOT, JESUS TAKES YOUR PERSECUTION VERY SERIOUSLY.  AFTER PAUL HAD BEEN TRAVELING AROUND, PUTTING BELIEVERS IN JESUS IN PRISON AND HAVING SOME PUT TO DEATH, JESUS ASK HIM WHY HE WAS PERSECUTING HIM, NOT THE BELIEVERS.  LOOK WHAT IT SAYS IN ACTS 9:4 (THIS WAS BEFORE GOD CHANGED HIS NAME TO PAUL) And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 

 

WE HAVE TO REMEMBER TO LOVE AND PRAY FOR THOSE PEOPLE BECAUSE IT IS NOT US THEY ARE REJECTING BUT JESUS.  WE NEED TO PRAY THAT GOD WILL DRAW THEM AND THEIR EYES WILL BE OPENED TO THE TRUTH.  

 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

JESUS, THE MESSIAH, THE SON OF GOD






I OFTEN WONDERED WHY THE JEWISH PEOPLE, WITH ALL OF THE PROPHECIES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, COULDN'T SEE THAT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT JESUS.  THERE ARE AROUND 50 SCRIPTURES THAT TALK ABOUT THE MESSIAH BUT I HAVE LISTED ONLY 8 BELOW AND THESE PROPHECIES WERE MADE HUNDREDS OF YEARS BEFORE JESUS WAS EVEN BORN. PSALMS GOES BACK ABOUT A THOUSAND YEARS AND ISAIAH GOES BACK SOME 700 YEARS.    I LIST THEM BELOW FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT.



MESSIAH WOULD BE BORN OF A VIRGIN
PROPHECY....ISAIAH 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
FULFILLMENT....MATTHEW 1:22-23 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

 

PREPARING THE WAY FOR THE MESSIAH
PROPHECY....ISAIAH 40:3-5 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
FULFILLMENT....LUKE 3:3-6 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.


MESSIAH WOULD BE DECLARED THE SON OF GOD
PROPHECY....PSALMS 2:7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
FULFILLMENT....MATTHEW 3:16-17 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.


MESSIAH WOULD BE BETRAYED
PROPHECY....ZECHARIAH 11:12-13 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord.
FULFILLMENT....LUKE 22:47-48 And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?


MESSIAH'S HANDS AND FEET WOULD BE PIERCED
PROPHECY....PSALMS 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
FULFILLMENT....JOHN 20:25-27 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.


MESSIAH WOULD RESURRECT FROM THE DEAD
PROPHECY....PSALMS 49:15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
FULFILLMENT....MATTHEW 28:6-7 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.


MESSIAH WOULD ASCEND TO HEAVEN 
PROPHECY....PSALMS 24:9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
FULFILLMENT....MARK 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.



CAN YOU SEE WHY THEY DON'T BELIEVE, I CAN'T? 




GOD BLESS YOU ALL.



"JESUS, THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-05-26

Jesus, The Chief Cornerstone


May 26th




Matthew 16:18, 'And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.'



MATTHEW 16:13-19



Some people have mistakenly interpreted this passage to say that Peter was the foundation on which Christ would build His Church. However, that would violate many scriptures that refer to Jesus as the 'chief cornerstone.'

Ephesians 2:20 does mention the apostles as being part of the foundation stones of Christ's church, but it doesn't single Peter out above any of the other apostles, This same scripture once again mentions Jesus as the 'chief cornerstone.'

There are two different Greek words used for 'Peter' and 'rock' respectively in verse 18. The word used for 'Peter' means 'rock' but signifies a piece of rock like a pebble. In contrast, the word translated as 'rock' signifies a massive rock which certainly refers to Jesus, the 'chief cornerstone.' Some have suggested that the foundation rock referred to was confession that Peter made saying that Jesus was 'the Christ, the Son of the living God' (Mt. 16:16). Although it is true that, to enter God's kingdom, we do have to confess that Jesus is Lord (Rom. 10:9-10), in light of the Old Testament prophecies and New Testament references to Jesus being the 'chief cornerstone,' this passage of scripture must be referring directly to Jesus as the 'rock' upon which He will build His church.

One of the greatest differences between the New Testament believer and the Old Testament believer is the fact that New Testament saints are the temple of God. God Himself actually indwells us. God does not dwell in a building made by man's hands. He now lives in the hearts of those who make Jesus their Lord (Rom. 10:9). The cornerstone of our lives in God must be an ever-increasing revelation of His Son. If we had a real understanding of the reality of Christ in us (Col. 1:27), it would drastically change our attitudes, emotions, and actions.


"WHAT IS YOUR MIND FOCUSED ON?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-05-25

 

WHAT IS YOUR MIND FOCUSED ON?

 


I HAVE HEARD SO MANY TIMES THAT IT IS SO HARD TO LIVE A GOOD CHRISTIAN LIFE.  DO YOU THINK IT IS?  WELL, IT IS IF YOU ARE NOT GIVING ENOUGH ATTENTION TO JESUS.  I KNOW THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS OUT THERE THAT CAN TEMPT US.  OUR JOB IS TO MAKE SURE WE DO NOT DWELL ON THEM AND LET THEM TAKE OUR FOCUS AWAY FROM JESUS.  CHRISTIANS DO HAVE FUN!! I HAVE MORE FUN AT A GOOD BIBLE STUDY CLASS THEN I EVER DID AT A POKER GAME.  I HAVE MORE FUN IN CHURCH THAN I EVER DID SITTING IN A BAR DRINKING.  IT IS WHERE YOU CHOOSE TO BE.


LIFE IS WHAT WE MAKE IT.  LET PEOPLE KNOW YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN BUT BE SURE YOU ACT LIKE ONE.  I AM PROUD OF MY LOVE FOR JESUS.  I WAS IN SALES MOST OF MY LIFE AND AT FIRST WHEN I WOULD TALK ABOUT JESUS PEOPLE WOULD PRETTY MUCH LEAVE ME ALONE.  THE MORE I WOULD MENTION JESUS, JUST IN CONVERSATION, THE MORE AT EASE PEOPLE BECAME AROUND ME. THEY KNEW WHERE I STOOD AND IT GOT TO WHERE IF SOMEONE WAS HAVING A PROBLEM, THEY WOULD ASK ME TO PRAY FOR THEM.  I AM NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO SAY, "OH YES, I WILL PRAY FOR YOU", AND THEN FORGET ABOUT IT.  I WOULD PRAY FOR THEM RIGHT THERE IN THEIR SHOP, THEIR STORE OR WHEREVER WE WERE.  PEOPLE WANT WHAT WE HAVE BUT THEY JUST DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET IT.  IT IS OUR JOB TO TELL THEM.




TEMPTATION IS A HARD THING TO OVERCOME.  HEBREWS 4:15 SAYS THAT JESUS "was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."  THE SAME SPIRIT THAT IS IN JESUS IS IN US AND GOD GAVE US A FREE WILL TO DO RIGHT OR WRONG.  AND, DON'T EVER SAY THAT GOD WAS TEMPTING YOU TO SHOW SOMETHING TO YOU OR TO SEE IF YOU WOULD DO THE RIGHT THING OR NOT.  JAMES 1:13 SAYS "Let no man say when he is tempted , I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:"  YOU CAN'T BE TEMPTED BY SOMETHING YOU DON'T THINK ABOUT.  SIN STARTS IN THE MIND.



JUST KEEP YOUR HEART AND MIND FOCUSED ON JESUS.  HE IS ASKING US TO LET HIM LIVE IN US.  GALATIANS 2:20 SAYS " I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."  IT IS HARD TO SIN WHEN YOU ARE EITHER IN CHURCH, READING YOUR BIBLE, PRAYING FOR SOMEONE OR JUST TALKING TO JESUS.  IT IS ALL WHERE YOUR FOCUS IS.  WE ALL NEED TO GET SO CLOSE TO JESUS AND SO TUNED INTO HIM THAT WE EVEN DREAM ABOUT HIM.  NOW THAT IS A GOOD NIGHT.



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

"PETITION NOT REPETITION" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-05-25

Petition Not Repetition


May 25th




Mark 8:24-25, 'And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.'



MATTHEW 7:7-11; MARK 8:22-25



It was unusual for Jesus to inquire about the results of His ministry as He did in verse 23. It was even more unusual that Jesus laid hands on this man a second time. This is the only example in the New Testament where Jesus had to minister to any need more than once to affect a total healing.

Many people request things from God and then look at their circumstances to see if God answered their prayer. That is walking by sight and not by faith. If they can't 'see' God's answer, then they pray again asking for the same thing. This is not the way Jesus taught us to pray and receive. We can be certain that Jesus didn't lay hands on this man a second time because He thought His Father hadn't heard Him the first the time. Since the man received partial sight, it is evident that God's healing power was at work in him. Jesus was not petitioning His Father again for healing.

Through His spirit, Jesus knew that unbelief was hindering a perfect manifestation of God's power in this man, and He simply gave him another 'dose' of the anointing power of God. Satan may hinder, but cannot overcome someone who continues resisting him. Believe that you received when you prayed and continue to apply the power of God. Press in such a degree that you can confront anything that is contrary to what you have asked and overcome it. Perseverance in prayer is the key to overcoming Satan - not God.


"THE STORY OF LAZARUS" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-05-24
THE STORY OF LAZARUS


THIS MORNING'S MESSAGE IS SIMPLY TO SHOW YOU HOW INTERESTING THE BIBLE IS.  ONCE YOU GET INTO READING IT YOU WILL REALLY ENJOY IT AND YOU WILL BE SURPRISED AT THE HELP IT WILL GIVE YOU IN YOUR EVERY DAY LIFE.  

 

ONE OF THE STORIES I REALLY ENJOY READING IS JOHN 11 WHICH TELLS THE STORY ABOUT JESUS RAISING LAZARUS FROM THE DEAD.  WHETHER YOU KNEW IT OR NOT, VERSE 35 IS THE SHORTEST VERSE IN THE BIBLE AND IT JUST SAYS "Jesus wept."  THERE ARE A FEW MORE INTERESTING THINGS IN THIS CHAPTER AND I HAVE A FEW COMMENTS ABOUT SOME OF THEM.

 

JESUS WAS NOT WEEPING BECAUSE LAZARUS HAD DIED BECAUSE HE KNEW HE WAS GOING TO RAISE HIM FROM THE DEAD.  HE WEPT BECAUSE OF THEIR UNBELIEF.  THIS MUST HAVE HURT HIM VERY MUCH BECAUSE IT GOES ON TO SAY THAT "he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled"  HE HAD TOLD THEM THAT HE WAS THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE BUT EVIDENTLY THEY HAD NOT BELIEVED HIM.  HOWEVER THEY DID WHEN LAZARUS CAME BACK TO LIFE.  IT SAYS THAT SOME OF THE JEWS THAT HAD COME TO SEE MARY BELIEVED ON HIM.




I BELIEVE THAT JESUS WAITED THOSE FOUR DAYS SO THERE WOULD BE NO MISTAKING THE FACT THAT HE WAS DEAD.  MARTHA EVEN SAID "Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days."



ANOTHER THING THAT I THOUGHT WAS SO GREAT IS THAT WHEN HE CALLED LAZARUS TO COME FORTH,  HE APPEARED AT THE OPENING OF THE TOMB ALL BOUND UP.  HE COULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN UP AND WALKED BUT HE WAS THERE AND JESUS HAD TO TELL THEM TO LOOSE HIM.



ONE LAST THOUGHT, I OFTEN WONDERED IF JESUS HADN'T CALLED LAZARUS BY NAME AND HAD JUST SAID "COME FORTH", HOW MANY OF THE DEAD WOULD HAVE COME FORTH FROM THEIR GRAVES.



JOHN 11 IS A VERY INTERESTING CHAPTER AND I AM SURE YOU WILL ENJOY READING IT. JOHN 12 CONTINUES WITH JESUS HAVING DINNER AT LAZARUS HOME AND I KNOW YOU WILL ENJOY THAT ALSO.  READING THE BIBLE REALLY IS ENJOYABLE AND IF YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAND THE KING JAMES VERSION, GET ANOTHER TRANSLATION THAT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND.  THE AMPLIFIED IS A GREAT ONE TO CHOSE OR THE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. WHAT EVER IT TAKES,  PLEASE GET INTO GOD'S WORD.  YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.  ALL VERSIONS OF THE BIBLE ARE ON LINE AND ARE FREE TO READ.



GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

"SYMPTOMS OF A HARD HEART" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-05-24

Symptoms Of A Hard Heart


May 24th




Mark 8:17, 'And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?'



MATTHEW 16:1-12; MARK 8:11-21



Just a few days before this instance, hardened hearts caused Jesus' disciples to be amazed when they saw Jesus walk on the water to them. Here, Jesus' statements reveal some of the characteristics of someone with a hardened heart.

First, a hard heart keeps us from perceiving spiritual truths. This is why everyone in a church service hears exactly the same message yet, some will receive while others won't. It's not the Word that is the variable, but rather the condition of the hearts. A hard heart stops spiritual perception.

Second, a hardened heart stops us from understanding spiritual truth. When a person doesn't understand God's Word, Satan finds no resistance when he comes to steal it away.

Third, a hard heart keeps us from remembering. This isn't to say that we can't recall facts or scriptures. As related in Mark 8:19-20, the disciples remembered the facts of the two miraculous feedings, but they had forgotten any spiritual lessons they might have learned. Likewise, some people can quote scripture or remember what the sermon was about, but they can't perceive the spiritual life in the message or retain what they did perceive.

A hardned heart blinds us to any spiritual perception and keeps us thinking only in the natural realm. Small faith and a hardened heart are the same. Hebrews 3:12-13 parallels an evil heart of unbelief to a hardened heart. It takes great faith to keep our heart sensitive to God. Seek Him with your whole heart today.


"ARE YOU IN GOD'S WILL?" BY DAVID MCMILLEN


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-05-23
HOW DO YOU KNOW HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE?  STRANGE QUESTION?  A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD SAY IT IS THE WAY THEY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP AND THAT THEY HAVE BEEN TAUGHT RIGHT FROM WRONG. 


WELL, THAT IS ALL GOOD BUT HOW DOES GOD WANT YOU TO LIVE YOUR LIFE? NOW THAT IS A DIFFERENT QUESTION.  THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW THIS IS BY READING THE BIBLE.  YES, I AM BACK TO READING THE BIBLE.  WELL, IT IS IMPORTANT....IT IS GOD'S WORD AND IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN EVER KNOW WHAT GOD'S WILL IS FOR OUR LIVES.


I DON'T CARE HOW YOU WERE BROUGHT UP AND HOW GOOD YOU HAVE BEEN ALL YOUR LIFE, IF YOU DON'T KNOW GOD'S WILL FOR YOUR LIFE, YOU ARE LOST.  I DON'T MEAN YOU ARE GOING TO HELL (IF YOU ARE BORN AGAIN), YOU JUST DON'T KNOW IN WHAT DIRECTION GOD WANTS YOU TO GO.  SEE WHAT IT SAYS IN MATTHEW 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. YOU HAVE GOT TO KNOW HIS WILL.


YOU MIGHT SAY YOU LISTEN TO THIS TEACHER, OR TO THIS EVANGELIST, OR TO THIS PREACHER BUT WHAT IF THEY ARE WRONG?  DO YOU EVER GO TO YOUR BIBLE AND CHECK OUT THE THINGS THEY ARE TEACHING AND DOES IT LINE UP WITH THE WORD OF GOD?  IF IT DOESN'T AND YOU ARE JUST TAKING THEIR WORD FOR IT, YOU BOTH ARE IN TROUBLE.  JOHN 17:17 SAYS "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.". THIS IS IN JESUS' PRAYER FOR HIS DISCIPLES AND FOR US. "SANCTIFY US THROUGH HIS WORD", THAT IS WHAT IT IS SAYING.


NOW IT IS UP TO US.  FIRST WE HAVE GOT TO WANT TO KNOW HIS WORD, BECAUSE THAT IS HIS WILL, AND NOT JUST PLAY AROUND BUT REALLY WANT IT. IN JEREMIAH 29:13 IT SAYS "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."  GOD WILL KNOW IF YOU ARE JUST PLAYING AROUND.  HE WANTS SOMEONE HE CAN USE AND DEPEND ON.  WON'T YOU BE ONE OF THEM?


GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

"JESUS CHALLENGES THE SADDUCEES" BY ANDREW WOMMACK


By DAVID A. MCMILLEN, 2019-05-23

Jesus Challenges The Sadducees


May 23rd




Matthew 16:1, 'The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would show them a sign from heaven.'



MATTHEW 16:1-4



The Sadducees were a Jewish sect (Acts 5:17), of both a political and religious nature, that was best known for its opposition to the more popular party (the Pharisees), because of differences in various doctrinal and political questions. Sadducees rejected the oral tradition of the Pharisees who made a 'mountain' of burdensome legislation and accepted only the written law. We are told they believed there is 'no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit' (Acts 23:8). From Josephus, we learn that the Sadducees believed that the soul perishes with the body (Antiq. XVIII. 1.4) and, therefore, can receive neither penalties nor rewards in an afterlife (War II. 8.14).

The most significant mention of the Sadducees in the Gospels concerns their interview with Jesus in Jerusalem. They tried to trap Jesus with a crafty question concerning the resurrection. In His answer, Jesus accused them of not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God (Mt. 22:29). He then proceeded to quote from the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) out of Exodus 3:6 in support of the doctrine of the resurrection. The Sadducees became alarmed and decided to take action (Jn. 11:47), as Jesus posed a threat to their security and position (as in the cleansing of the temple; Mk. 11:15-18). Confronted with Jesus and His claims, the Sadducees were able to unite with their traditional enemies, the Pharisees, for the purpose of disposing of Jesus. Both parties worked together for the arrest and trial of Jesus by the Sanhedrin. These religious leaders were only aware of external actions and ignorant of the issues of the heart. Religion (man trying to approach God) will always differ with Christianity (God coming to man) in this respect. 'Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart' (1 Sam. 16:7).


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