Daily Devotional

PREVAILING BELIEFS

 “For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection—and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both”. Acts 23:8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREVAILING BELIEFS

 “For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection—and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both”. Acts 23:8

 

Two rival religious groups dominated the landscape in Jesus’ days; namely, the Sadducees and the Pharisees. The two groups shared a couple of similarities. When representatives of both groups came to John’s baptism, he denounced them jointly as “broods of vipers”. (See Matthew 3:7). Both groups came with tricky questions just to trap Jesus in His words. Also, Jesus summed up both groups as hypocrites when He warned His disciples to beware of them and their doctrines.  However, they were split in one major area; that is, in their beliefs. The Sadducees did not believe in life after death. They denied the resurrection. In addition, they did not believe in the existence of angels or spirits. On the other hand, the Pharisees subscribed to resurrection and existence of spirits.

 

Now, in our immediate past meditation we queried what often led to the crippling fear exhibited by the disciples whenever they perceived or heard of spirits. On two different occasions, they assumed that Jesus was a spirit. That means they believed in the existence of spirits. By this same token we can say that they must have imbibed some of the notions of the Pharisees concerning spirits. The point we are making today is that we are often a product of the prevailing beliefs in our environment. Unless we stay on guard and in tune with the word of God, we may take on some of the errors making round in our environment.

 

FURTHER STUDY: ROMANS 12:1-5

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, give me clear mind to believe what is right.

Two rival religious groups dominated the landscape in Jesus’ days; namely, the Sadducees and the Pharisees. The two groups shared a couple of similarities. When representatives of both groups came to John’s baptism, he denounced them jointly as “broods of vipers”. (See Matthew 3:7). Both groups came with tricky questions just to trap Jesus in His words. Also, Jesus summed up both groups as hypocrites when He warned His disciples to beware of them and their doctrines.  However, they were split in one major area; that is, in their beliefs. The Sadducees did not believe in life after death. They denied the resurrection. In addition, they did not believe in the existence of angels or spirits. On the other hand, the Pharisees subscribed to resurrection and existence of spirits.

 

Now, in our immediate past meditation we queried what often led to the crippling fear exhibited by the disciples whenever they perceived or heard of spirits. On two different occasions, they assumed that Jesus was a spirit. That means they believed in the existence of spirits. By this same token we can say that they must have imbibed some of the notions of the Pharisees concerning spirits. The point we are making today is that we are often a product of the prevailing beliefs in our environment. Unless we stay on guard and in tune with the word of God, we may take on some of the errors making round in our environment.

 

FURTHER STUDY: ROMANS 12:1-5

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, give me clear mind to believe what is right.