A beautiful ant timely message from Don Merritt!
There was a time when the greatest and most powerful empire of all time sat astride the known world and ruled with an iron fist, but that empire’s rule was different that those that had gone before it, because they allowed a kind of home rule. In this arrangement, local people were allowed self government to a certain extent, for as long as the Peoples of a conquered land didn’t revolt against their conquerors and maintained public order and paid their taxes, their foreign masters would leave the alone for the most part, and this enabled that great empire to continue to grow and expand.
The empire in question was the Roman Empire, and the locality in question was Judea, where the local Jewish authorities ruled the day to day lives of the people of Judea. Their established order was simple: Follow the customs of their fathers as they had…
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