- "These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue." John 9:22
Judea's governmental system was centered around the temple which was a government building. These synagogues were centered around the temple and were also government buildings providing what are often thought of as government services today. Even the Temples of Rome were government buildings back then.
The Welfare system set up by Herod to provide social welfare for the people was called Corban but it made the word of God to none effect because it depended on Benefactors who forced the contributions from the people in a system of Socialism. This system is what people were to Repent of when they got the Baptism of John.
What John 9:22 is talking about was not just being put out of a church but being removed from that social welfare scheme of Herod that was making the word of God to none effect. To get the Baptism of Christ was to say you believe in The Way he preached. that Perfect law of liberty.
We even see the same word aposunagogos in John 12:42 some of the chief rulers of the government who saw the error of their ways wanting to change the government back to what it once was before it became a socialist welfare state.
Jesus warns the Apostles in John 16:2 that this was going to happen to them if they followed Him and sought His government.
This being put out of that government was not much different than being put out of Egypt. It would be like setting the people free. That freedom or liberty was only for those who would practice Pure Religion of Christ with a Daily ministration of Charitable Practices instead of the Covetous Practices that had brought them into bondage.
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- 656 ~ἀποσυνάγωγος~ aposunagogos \@ap-os-oon-ag’-o-gos\@ from 575 and 4864; adj AV-be put out of the synagogue + 1096 2, put out of the synagogue + 4160 1; 3 1) excluded from sacred assemblies of Israelites, excommunicated
- 4864 ~συναγωγή~ sunagoge \@soon-ag-o-gay’\@ from (the reduplicated form of) 4863; n f AV-synagogue 55, congregation 1, assembly 1; 57
- 1) a bringing together, gathering (as of fruits), a contracting
- 2) in the NT, an assembling together of men, an assembly of men
- 3) a synagogue 3a) an assembly of Jews formally gathered together to offer prayers and listen to the reading and expositions of the scriptures; assemblies of that sort were held every sabbath and feast day, afterwards also on the second and fifth days of every week; name transferred to an assembly of Christians formally gathered together for religious purposes 3b) the buildings where those solemn Jewish assemblies are held. Synagogues seem to, date their origin from the Babylonian exile. In the times of Jesus and the apostles every town, not only in Palestine, but also among the Gentiles if it contained a considerable number of Jewish inhabitants, had at least one synagogue, the larger towns several or even many. These were also used for trials and inflicting punishment. For Synonyms see entry 5897
- John 12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
- John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues <aposunagogos >: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
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