Genocide at the Temple

Luke 13:1-3 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

This is a pretty crazy story.  The Romans, led by Pilate, controlled the Jews.  Pilate took money from the temple treasury to finance the aqueducts.  The Jews saw this as highly offensive and began to protest at the temple.  Pilate had Roman soldiers dress in street clothes, conceal weapons, mingle into the mob, and kill quite a few Jews.  Now the people ask Jesus about it.  If Jesus defends the Jews, He risks being targeted by Pilate.  If Jesus defends the Romans, the Jews would consider Him a traitor.  Either way, He could lose His ministry and maybe His life.  Jesus points out that the bad things that happen to people are not always because of their personal sin.  After all, the Galilaeans who were killed were no worse than those who were not killed.  The point is, all men reserve death and hell, and only by the grace of God is anyone saved.  Thank God for His grace today and share the knowledge of the love of God with someone else.

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