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Bible Basics

For Smart People
Who Do Not Want To Be Dummies
About God and the Bible

(Parts I, II, III)
By J. George Cover

Lesson 21 - The Life and Ministry of Jesus - Part I (Text Version)

The Oppositions He Encountered
and the Disturbances the Enemy Caused
(Not a Surprise to God but Prophesied).

Scripture References are with each item:

  1. Upon the coming of the wise men from the east, "Herod was troubled and all Jerusalem with him" (Matthew 2:3).
  2. Herod tried to kill the baby Jesus and in the process "slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men" (Matthew 2:16-18).
  3. Tempted of the devil (Matthew 4:1-11).
  4. People were filled with wrath at the synagogue of Nazareth; they "rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong, But he passing through the midst of them went his way" (Luke 4:28-30).
  5. Demons cried out, "What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?" (Matthew 8:29).
  6. He was accused of blasphemy:

    (1) When He said to the man sick of the palsy,
    "Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee"
    (Matthew 9:3).
    (2) For claiming to be the Son of God.

  7. When Jesus said that to the people gathered at the ruler of the synagogue's house regarding his daughter, "Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth," they laughed him to scorn (Matthew 9:24; Luke 8:53).
  8. They called Him names and were unresponsive
    (Matthew 11:16-19; Luke 7:31-34).

    "Whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows, And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented
    "For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.
    "The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners...."

  9. They accused His disciples of breaking the sabbath for plucking corn and eating it on their way, being hungry (Matthew 12:2; Mark 2:24). For healing on the sabbath day (Luke 13:14; Luke 14:1-6; John 5:10, 18). They even sought to kill him for that.
  10. They falsely accused Him of casting out devils by Beelzebub the prince of the devils (Matthew 12:24; Mark 3:22).
  11. They accused Him of being a Samaritan and of having a devil (John 8:48).
  12. "They were offended in Him" because they could not understand and because they did not like what they did understand, "Whence hath this man all these things? (the things he had been teaching them). His family was known unto them" (Matthew 13:57).
  13. They found fault with Him because His disciples did not follow their traditions by not washing their hands before they ate" (Matthew 15:2; Mark 7:5).

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