Essay on The Kingdom of God

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The Kingdom of God
God’s goodness and mercy far transcends the comprehension of the most brilliant human mind! He “who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth”(Psalm 113:6).Yet in His infinite love for us He stoops down to reveal Himself to us by a multitude of illustration, types, and shadows, so that we may learn to know him. This paper will describe what is meant by the Kingdom of God; examine the religious philosophy of the various sects of Judaism during the Second Temple period: Pharisee, Sadducees, Essenes, and Zealots, describe the religious philosophy and political philosophy of each sects, it will also describe how the Messianic expectation differ from the Messianic role that Jesus presented, and include an exegesis of
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The Kingdom may exist in the individual human heart, in groups, in institutions, and in nature. The Kingdom of God is as broad and as overarching as the presence of God which renews and transforms and recreates everything touched by it. The religious philosophy of Judaism during the Second Period time includes: Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and Zealots. Judaism is based on worshipping the one true God, circumcision as a sign of being one of God’s chosen people, worships on the Sabbath, obeying God’s laws and following the traditions given from one generation to another.
Lasor (1996, p.398-399) during the second temple period Jewish lived not only in Judah but in the Disapora, or dispersion: Babylon, Egypt, and quite likely other place. The Pharisee was strongly committed to the daily application and observance of the law. This means they only accepted the tradition of the law which made it applicable and possible. They also believed in oral as well as written law; immortality of the soul. The Sadducees believed that only the laws in the first five books of the Old Testament had to obey. They did not believe in the Resurrection; rejection of oral tradition; immorality of the soul; existences of a spirit world (Act23:8; Mark 12:18; Luke 20: 27). The Essenes are Jews by birth, and seems to have a better relationship with each other than the other sects have. They were highly apocalyptic with a stress on angels and the opposed temple

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