"Whosoever that shall offend G4624 one of the least of these" kjv@Mark:9:42 is often taken as meaning a non-believer or apostate. Paul uses the same word to discribe the possible effects of his actions and ours towards newer or more legalistic believers. May I consider this in it's fullest meaning.
There is no doubt that the Laws of Deuteronomy were extremely difficult to uphold, yet they were the laws given to Israel. What must be considered though is the seriousness and conditions of these many sins underlying these laws that these codes were bringing to light, the repercussions and the civil decisions necessitated to counteract them.
Todays reading - God has made it clear that it is He that is ahead of and behind these tremendous victories. By the type of victory the opposition also knows that it is of God. With sucess and plenty though all will be quickly forgoten. By the time of John a way will have to be thuroughly prepared for Jesus. John seems well accepted, people are willing to engage in good works. Not so with regards to accepting Jesus, it is much harder to believe in one specific person and one specific way, even when he is to be the object of those good works. The challenge? He is instead a revealor of their truest thought and intentions.
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