The Jews, who became Christians, plagued the Christians with circumcision as being essential to salvation, but the Jewish council decided against their own tradition (Acts 15). Paul leaned on Moses to hand out this potent argument and decision:
Solomon was a person with two natures or a dual personality. On one hand, he displayed a super consciousness of God and religion --- and on the other hand, he was a slave to his physical passion. Solomon believed that he could and that he did honor Yahweh with the largest "Temple" and with the biggest and the most costly celebrations, sacrifices of animals, and human services performed by the Levites. Solomon could out-pray the priests. And he also convinced the people that he had the backing of their God. And even the Queen of Sheba thought so.
The influx of three thousand new converts into a small group of one hundred and twenty, plus those that were constantly being added, must have created insurmountable problems for the disciples, as well as for the community. In addition to being baptized in pools with sufficient water, they had to be taught, fed, sanitized so they could break bread together, prayed, and expected being transported to Jesus and His mansions in His Father’s world. The problems in managing alone began to multiply when the immediate return to Jesus was delayed. And the people began to have second thoughts about giving up their homes and their properties. Tough sentencing was needed to stop people from starving while they waited for their imminent departure for heaven. At the end, the leaders began to realize that in order for the Church to survive on earth, it first had to be built. Ananias and Sapphira, who had second thoughts, were not that fortunate. The death of Ananias and Sapphira kept Peter’s transport to heaven alive. Jesus specifically prayed, to His Father, not to take his disciples or their future followers out of the world, but to keep them in the world (John 17). Peter and the disciples became tangled up in the managing of the Megachurch. They did not have time for training the other disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). Peter had accused Ananias and Sapphira of being in league with the devil, but Peter totally forgot that Jesus saw him doing the same thing (Matthew 16:22-23).
So, how do we prepare to become disciples or priests under duress in a tyrannical world? The disciples of Jesus were regarded as apostates and intruders of the earthly Israel of the Sadducees and Pharisees. These leaders believed that they were the true representatives of Abraham and of God; when indeed, they were the children of the devil (John 8:42-47). Would anyone, in our time, dare to categorize our godless leaders as evil? It will take the “Sermon on the Mount” to guide us through the evil maze we are in right now, and so will the Holy Spirit, who inspired Jesus, to give us the Sermon. I assure you, it was the best way for us during the holocaust. We were like sheep among wolves:
With a silver spoon in his mouth, and the right backing, Solomon made religion his first priority. It was his father’s God that dropped the kingdom into his lap. Therefore, Solomon felt obligated to spare no cost in making Yahweh’s house into one of the seven wonders in the world, at the time. The "Temple" was more that equal to the Babylonian Tower and the Pyramids of Egypt.
The Church was it the "Kingdom of God" on earth --- or was it a replacement designed by men that sought an answer to why Jesus had come; and why Jesus had not restored the kingdom of David? It was right after the feeding of the five thousand that the people did intend to make Jesus their king. “Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the hills by himself” (John 6:15). Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the foal of an ass and they hailed Him as the "son of David" (Matthew 21:9). John Zebedee preserved this entry with the explanation that the disciples did not understand Jesus’ actions.
The Bible states that God made a good world! God made man and woman in “His image" and in "His likeness” (Genesis 1:27, 31). Why then, would God turn and punish or even destroy His own creation? The truth is that God does not impose hardships on the world and in particular, on man. It is Satan the devil, God's enemy, who does inflict man with diseases and suffering. Satan instigates hostilities among human beings. Satan causes the upheavals in nature (Revelation 12:7-12). Satan, too, uses man to do his devastations by injecting his evil intentions into the human minds (Genesis 3:4-5). Satan deliberately blinds his subjects from seeing their erring ways and their need for correction. It is Satan's primary objective is to derail the "Redemptive Mission" of Jesus the Lamb of God. The Apostle Paul warned the Corinthians, as well as every other human being, “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the likeness of God” (II Corinthians 4:4).
At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge over your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time; but at that time your people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase (Daniel 12:1-4).
God is Spirit! And the Holy Spirit, does not give man more than he can bear. I have been told, many times, that God’s Law and even “Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount” are outside the human ability to keep. I have been deceived! And so are you! God, the true Spirit, does not give us more to do or to carry than we are able. In fact, when a mishappening disabled me, God opened within me a source of energy far superior to the one that was taken from me (I Corinthians 10:11-13). Moses had a similar problem with his people, who had formed a “grasshopper attitude” about themselves. Yahweh, the Lord, gave the Jews this answer: God was present in His Word the Law and the Law sustained and secured their life in the new land.
Jesus, the founder of the "Absently Heavenly Kingdom," did not isolate Himself from the world. Jesus enjoyed being at weddings. Jesus sat down to have dinners with sinners and the publicans. Jesus even let the castaway people touch Him. It was important to Jesus to make these people who cared enough to invite Him, to feel and do better themselves. The Gospel of John tells the reader that Jesus chose twelve men to be with Him on His Mission on earth. And one of the first things Jesus did with them was to go to a wedding and not to some seclusion where He could instruct his disciples in His Mission. What better place could there have been for a “Missionary” from heaven than at an earthly wedding? Here is the story and how Jesus behaved: