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     After their captivity in Babylon, the Jews got serious about religious instruction.  As the Jews drifted farther from God, they mostly lost sight of the meaning of the rituals and services in the temple.  Jesus Himself had started that service and every part of it was a symbol of Him.  But the Jews were only going through the motions. 

     They trusted the sacrifices and rituals instead of trusting the God to whom those rituals pointed.  To make up for the lost meaning, the priests and rabbis added more and more rules of their own.  The more rules they had, the more judgmental they became, and the less they showed of God’s love. 

     They considered themselves holy, but pride and hypocrisy filled their hearts.


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