Article detailing why even in the Great Temple Jesus had more power than a sitting High Priest. This should clarify why the highpriest would not openly go against Him. “When the king is present, all the people stand, and he keeps seated. (And none may sit in the temple courtyard except the kings of the house of David.) And all the people maintain silence when he speaks. He used to address them: “My brethren and my people,” as it is written: HEAR YE, MY BRETHREN AND MY PEOPLE: while they address him: “Our lord and our master…”tSan 4.4193 If an overview of the NT is taken it is not just in the Temple that this respect was shown.

 Wherever and whenever the King spoke the people listened with reverence. See Mt 13:1, 2, Mt15:29-35, Mark 4:1, Mk6:39, Mk8:1-6, Mk 9:35, Lk4:20, Lk5:3 and so on. In the courtyard the king had priority. No one could interrupt him. All who could hear were obliged to stand quietly and listen to his teaching or his speech including the High Priest.

“By comparing the ritual recitation of the king to the high priest’s role on Yom Kippur, the Mishnah elevates significantly the king’s role.194 Further, in a certain sense the Mishnah goes beyond this by depicting the king as occupying the high priest’s space—the Temple Mount—and especially by including the high priest in the hierarchy of officials that transport the Torah scroll to the king, implying that in some sense he is subordinate to the king. In a similar vein, while the high priest is enjoined to read while standing the king is afforded the privilege of reading while sitting.”195 194 The particular comparison here is especially noteworthy, as the king’s role at Hakhel is equated with the high priest’s function on Yom Kippur, presumably the religious pinnacle for the Jewish people. At the same time, the importance of assigning the king a leading role in the Temple in conjunction with the unique Temple celebrations of Sukkot is also significant. On the centrality of the Temple during Sukkot see Jeffrey Rubenstein, The History of Sukkot in the Second Temple and Rabbinic Periods (Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press, 1995). David Flatto Its Good to be the King the Monarchs role in the Mishnah’s Political and Legal System Hauser Global Law School Working Paper 01/07 195 David Flatto Its Good to be the King the Monarchs role in the Mishnah’s Political and Legal System Hauser Global Law School Working Paper 01/07 196 ibid Only a king who was a son of David had this privilege. Matthew 26:55 “… I sat daily with you teaching in the temple…”

When the king speaks the response is to his sovereign will, “Our lord and our master”196. What did Jesus teach in the Temple daily? The Torah or the Royal (Law) otherwise known as the True Religion was His responsibility as the Shepherd of God, the King-High Priest. If what we call the Royal Law was His commandment do we understand it? If it was a commandment wouldn’t reason dictate that He taught how to live it? How do we live it? What do we live? This scene is played out daily across the courtyard of our hearts. Do we hear His teachings or do we let His words drop?

John 8:31“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.”

John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

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  1. Sophia says:

    Good post! I have a random question for you. How do you get your blog indexed by bing? I have a related web blog.

    • GH Eliason says:

      With regard to the indexing I really am not sure. Some of the posts here are also articles in a couple web based publications I sometimes contribute to. Which blog do you have love to see the material?

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