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A CHRISTIAN CAN NOT AFFORD TO BE A COWARD

October 28, 2015

Wednesday

 

John 9:22-23

 

His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone confessed Him to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.

 

 

LESSON

 

The reason for the parents’ silence was their fear of excommunication from their local synagogue” for affirming that Jesus was the Messiah. “The Jews had three types of excommunication: one lasting 30 days, during which the person could not come within six feet of anybody else; one for an indefinite time, during which the person was excluded from all fellowship and worship; and one that meant absolute expulsion forever. These judgments were very serious because no one could conduct business with a person who was excommunicated.”

For a Jew to be put out of the synagogue meant that he was ostracized by everyone.” We now learn that the official position about Jesus was that He was not the Messiah, and anyone who affirmed that He was, suffered religious persecution.

When they called the parents, the facts were confirmed. But the parents, intimidated by the leaders, refused to get involved, callously demanding that their newly healed son defend what had happened. To be “put out” of the synagogue was evidently much the same as being disfellowshipped in the church. It would have been humiliating and would have meant the loss of lifelong friends. They were terrified of being caught up in the dispute. Are you afraid to stand up for Jesus for fear of becoming an outcast.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Kings 18:21

 

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