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Summary: A review of Pilate’s career and how God has our careers in hand

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Pilate - Career Opportunist

Luke 23: 1-24

A Man with a dilemma

Career or justice

Who was Pilate?

Upper-middle class

Procurator of Judea

power of life and death/

appointed High Priests/

controlled Temple and funds

First recorded action (Josephus: Ant. 18: 55) was setting up Roman Standards (bearing the image of the emperor) in Jerusalem thereby breaking with previous practice and inflaming jewish feelings (against the Roman occupation and sacrilege as the emperor was by this stage deified) so much that he had to remove them 6 days later.

Character trait: Vain and Haughty

Weak in Character in not

following through.

Second recorded action (Jos. Ant.18 60) was appropriating Temple funds to build an aqueduct into Jerusalem. When the jews protested he sent in the troops and caused a massacre

Character trait : Embesslement and Violence

The third recorded action (Luke 23) of Pilate was the crucifixion of Christ.

Character trait : Injustice: Expediency

The last recorded action (Jos. Ant. 18 85-89) of Pilate was the massacre of Samaritans at Mount Gerizin. This led to such a protest that Vitellus, Governor of Syria recalled him and sent him to the emperor to explain his actions.

Character trait: A Man of unnecessary violence

Philo (De Legatione ad Gaium 301) sums up Pilate as

by nature rigid and subbonly harsh

of spiteful disposition and an exceedingly

wrathful man

full of bribes,acts of pride acts of violence,

outrages,cases of spiteful treatment, constant

murders without trial and ceaseless and

grievous brutality.

We, on the other hand, are a New Creation (2 Cor.5:17) and are created in Christ Jesus unto good works (Eph.2:10)

Note cart not before the horse. The horse is the New Creation ( being born of God 2 John 3) and the cart is good works.

We are in the world but not of it.

Cannot retreat into our "ivory towered monasteries"

As Christians we are to proclaim the Good News and we can do this by our lives.

People will see that we know God by the way we speak.

Story of the actor and clergyman Psalm 23

Actor giving an after dinner speech asks the audience to request a poem that he should recite.

no one replies until an old clergyman asks him to recite the 23 Psalm

he agrees if the clergyman will also do the same.

clergyman replies I’m not a good orator but if you insist I will.

actor recites 23 Psalm and gets a tremendous response

clergyman then recites the 23 Psalm and brings tears to the audiences eyes

actor gets up and says:

I tickled your ears but this gentleman has moved your hearts. I know the 23rd Psalm but he knows the Shepherd.

Pilate was an example of how we are not to be

We need integrity

fairness

not holding grudges (Rom 12 17-20)

Paul tells us to bless our enemies (Rom. 12.20) as does Proverbs (Prov 25:21 and 22)

We are not to please just men but God

to run with the crowd

to be obsinate or stubborn (Rom.10:21 Is.65:2)sin of the Israelites.

e are to stick by what we believe if essential (Ps.15:2)to respect our bosses but not fear them (1 Tim 6:1)to put God first (Matt. 6:33).

Acts 4:19:

But Peter and John replied, after the Sanhedrin had ordered them not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus,


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