The Kingdom Of God 's View Essay

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‘The Kingdom of God’ is something that was so misunderstood in Jewish traditions, that even today there is some ambiguity as to what it truly means and how to receive it or go there. This needs to be looked at from God/Jesus’s point of view rather than mankind 's view as they can differ greatly, and that is something this essay is going to explore. I will look at what the prevailing Jewish expectations and traditions were, as well as what Jesus says about the Kingdom of God throughout the bible. Finally, I will look at how Jesus and the Jewish expectations do and do not line up with each other. This essay will show how even though the Jews and Jesus both talked about the coming of the Kingdom of God, and their expectations were the same, it was their perception on what the definition and idea on Kingdom of God was, that let them down.

Israel had an expectation of a prophet coming who would change the hearts of people: “Look, I am sending you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the LORD arrives. His preaching will turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers.” (Malachi 4:5-6). The Jewish people did not hear from God for a long time and during that time they then became under Roman rule. John the Baptist came along as the person that God had sent as a prelude to the Messiah, “Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way” (Mark 1:2) and he started to bring hope to people: “Repent of…

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