Offer service to God (Jn 16:2-16:2)

“They will put you out

Of the synagogues.

Indeed,

An hour is coming

When those who kill you

Will think

That by doing so,

They are offering

Worship to God.”

ἀποσυναγώγους ποιήσουσιν ὑμᾶς· ἀλλ’ ἔρχεται ὥρα ἵνα πᾶς ὁ ἀποκτείνας ὑμᾶς δόξῃ λατρείαν προσφέρειν τῷ Θεῷ.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus said that their fellow Jewish people would put them (ποιήσουσιν ὑμᾶς) out of their synagogues (ἀποσυναγώγους).  John was the only Greek biblical writer who used this term ἀποσυναγώγους, that means expelled from the congregation, sent away from the synagogue, or excommunicated.  That hour was coming (ἀλλ’ ἔρχεται ὥρα) when all those who killed them (ἵνα πᾶς ὁ ἀποκτείνας ὑμᾶς) would think (δόξῃ) that they were making an offering (λατρείαν) and worshiping (προσφέρειν) God (τῷ Θεῷ).  They would be excommunicated for being bad Jews.  They would be ostracized from their worship service communities in the newly developing synagogues.  They had practically cut themselves off from their local communities already.  Perhaps this was a suggestion that the actual followers of Jesus were killed by other Jewish religious people.  Now the people killing them would think that they were worshipping God by killing them as was in Numbers, chapter 25:1-13.  Israel was staying at Shittim, the people began to have sexual relations with the women of Moab and sacrifice to the Midianite gods, especially Baal of Peor.  They ate and bowed down to Baal.  Thus. Yahweh was not happy with Moses.  He wanted to kill all the chiefs of the people in the sun before Yahweh.  Moses then told the judges of Israel that anyone who bowed down to Baal of Peor would be killed.  When an Israelite man brought a Midianite woman into his tent, in the sight of Moses and the whole congregation, Phinehas the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, saw it.  Then the grandson of Aaron took a spear in his hand and pierced both of them in the belly.  By killing these two, he stopped a quick moving plague.  Yahweh was happy with Phinehas who was a priest and grandson of Aaron.  He became a hero because he killed both the man and the woman involved.  Thus, Yahweh told Moses to give him a covenant of peace, a covenant of a perpetual priesthood because he was zealous for his God, as he had made atonement for the Israelites.  This example was used by some Jewish people to kill other Jewish people who went away from their Jewish beliefs.  It is not clear how often this actually took place.  Thus, the followers of Jesus were accused of turning away from Judaism, so that they could be killed as an act of worship to sustain the name of Yahweh, God.  Would you ever kill someone in the name of God?

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