The Opposition Parties
Timeless Tactics

Accusations and Slanders

Opposition accusations against Yeshua

A malcontent and troublemaker: When the high priest and councillors took Yeshua Hanotzri before Pilate, Pilate intended, at first, to release the prisoner. But the accusers insisted that the prisoner was a troublemaker who stirred up the people in Galilee, Judea and Jerusalem. (Luke 23:5)

A blasphemer: The high priest examined the prisoner when the witnesses failed to sheet home the charges against him. He asked Yeshua if he claimed to be 'the anointed' (ie christ). When he received an answer he disapproved of, he accused the prisoner of blasphemy. (Matt 26:65, Mark 14:64, Luke 5:21, John 10:33).

Insane: When 'religious' people received replies they disapproved of, they accused Yeshua of being insane (John 10:20) and of being an insane Samaritan (John 8:48).

Making treasonable utterances: The accusers placed Pilate in a dilemma by saying that Yeshua had claimed to be a king. He had therefore set himself against the rightful ruler, Tiberias. If Pilate released the prisoner it could be interpreted as approval for Yeshua's treasonous utterance. (John 19:12).

A companion of undesirables: The lawyers and their scribes observed Yeshua dining with men who collected the Roman taxes, and with other 'common' people. The lawyers made known their disapproval. (Luke 5:30, Mark 2:16).

A toper: The critics said that John the Baptist was insane because he ate no bread and drank no wine. The same critics said Yeshua Hanotzri was gluttonous and a winebibber because he did eat bread and did drink wine. (Luke 7:34).

A law-breaker: Yeshua and his disciples were accused on a number of occasions of breaking the strict law concerning the keeping of the Sabbath. (Mark 2:24, Luke 6:2, John 9:16).

A con man: None of the scholars or leaders took any notice of the teachings of Yeshua Hanotzri: it was only the ignorant common people who were taken in by him. (John 7:48).

Uncouth and common: An occasion was observed when Yeshua did not wash before a meal. His supporters frequently ate their bread with unwashed hands. This attitude showed scant regard for the traditions of the elders. (Luke 11:38, Mark 7:2, Matt 15:2).

Coming up: Tactics used against Yeshua

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