Friday, October 30, 2015

Why Did the Pharisees Try to Save Yeshua's Life? A Question on Luke 13:31

"But the Pharisees went out and conspired against Him, as to how they might destroy Him," Matthew," 12:14
At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you," Luke 13:31

 I was wondering about Luke 13:31 this morning...  Why did the Pharisees, a group that previously had sought to destroy Yeshua (Matt. 12:14), try to save His life by warning Him that Herod was trying to kill Him?

Is it possible then that some Pharisees in Luke 13 were actually trying to save His life?  We know that some of them, after witnessing the signs He performed, were drawn to Him and acknowledged Him as a great teacher (John 3).

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?


Here's another passage indicating that there were divisions within the Pharisees regarding Yeshua:

"So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them," John 9:15-16 


  1. Well we know quite a few of the Pharisees followed him....Joseph and Nicademous are named for their role....We see in Acts that Gamilel saved the lives of some of the Apostles....Although they were flogged for defying the Sanhedrin....So yes I think that many of the students of Hillel's school followed Yeshua and did not want him killed..... From what I have learned from Rabbi Shapira and Rabbi Bernstein is that many of them believed in a Messiah ben Yosef and Messiah ben David as we know it....The other faction if you will beleived in a conditional Messiah....Meaning if Israel was righteous before G-d then they would get Messiah ben David....This was a ongoing argument among them at the time....So yes you assertion is spot on.
    David Jordan
    Student at Yeshiva Shuvu

    1. David,

      RE: "the students of Hillel's school followed Yeshua and did not want him killed"

      That's such a fascinating idea to me. Something we don't often hear about! The fact that these men where Pharisees (i.e. the followed halacha) and they also followed Yeshua. It's a nice piece of evidence that Yeshua was a halachic Jew.

      Thanks for your input!