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Who Were The Levites? Pt 3

For the past two programs we’ve been learning about the priestly tribe of Levi. Moses and Aaron were Levites, and after the debacle of the Golden Calf in the wilderness, the Levites were chosen by God to be a sacred and priestly representation to Him and before the rest of the Israelites. They weren’t given [...]

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Who Were The Levites? Pt 2

So last time we learned that the event of the Golden Calf was a pivotal point in Hebrew history, and the Levites chose to mete out God’s judgment against the other Hebrews who refused to repent of the idolatry and debauchery. It’s generally believed in Jewish tradition that it was this decision that saw God [...]

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Who Were The Levites? Pt 1

We’ve been learning about the various religious groups and sects within Judaism, and while the entire nation of the Hebrews were supposed to be a priestly nation before all the nations of the world, there was one tribe in particular that was specifically selected to be a priestly tribe to their own nation and that [...]

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What Was The Sanhedrin?

We’ve been learning about Jewish denominations, or particular religious groups within Judaism in the 1st century and a group that is often referred to is the Sanhedrin, but not many people know who they were, what their job was and why they even existed. They were in fact a very important group and they date [...]

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Who Were The Zealots Pt 2

Last time we learned about the establishment of the Zealots and the Sicarii who were a bit of a break-away group of political assassins. We finished by learning about the last stronghold of the Zealots at Masada, but I wanted to tell you about another stronghold they had in the Galilee overlooking the Sea of [...]

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Who Were The Zealots Pt 1

Who were the Zealots? The Bible doesn’t give much of a definition of them, only that they existed and were noted as using violent resistance against Rome. We know that one of the disciples was a Zealot. Matthew 10:2-4, ‘Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, [...]

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Who Were The Essenes? Pt 2

In our last program we learned about the Essenes, a group not directly mentioned in the Bible, but possibly alluded to by Paul when he wrote to the Colossian church. These were a group of breakaway religious Jews who chose to live away from the corruption in the Temple and the error of the teachings [...]

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Who Were The Essenes? Pt 1

The Essenes were essentially a breakaway group of Pharisees, or at least they were probably theologically closer to the Pharisees than any other group, but they tended to lean more toward the mystical side of religion. If you do a search in your online Bible, you’ll find that they’re not actually mentioned at all, and [...]

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Who Were The Scribes? Pt 2

We’ve been learning about the different Jewish religious groups, so far the Pharisees and Sadducees and last time, the Scribes. We actually have a lot to be thankful for from this group because it was their meticulous attention to detail over the centuries, that has resulted in us having a really trustworthy record of Scripture. [...]

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Who Were The Scribes? Pt 1

We’ve been learning about the different religious groups within Judaism in the days of Jesus, we’ve covered the Pharisees and Sadducees, probably the two most well-known, but another group often mentioned alongside them are the Scribes. Who were they and what did they do? First of all, there were two different groups within the scribal [...]

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Who Were The Sadducees? Pt 2

Last program we learned that the Sadducees were possibly from the family line of Zadok the priest from the days of king David, and that this line came about because of the wickedness of the family line of Eli the High Priest who was from the line of Aaron. They were wealthy aristocrats, powerful socially [...]

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Who Were The Sadducees? Pt 1

I think it’s easy for Christians to look at the divisions within Judaism in Bible days and scoff a little at them and how foolish they were, however, in Christendom, there are soooo many to choose from. There’s Roman Catholicism which has many different groups including the Franciscans, the Dominicans, the Benedictines, the Jesuits and [...]

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Who Were The Pharisees? Pt 2

Last time we began learning about the Pharisees and how it’s believed their group came about after the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon and Persia were found to be so far removed from God’s Law that serious changes had to be made to the social structure of the people, and a serious return [...]

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Who Were The Pharisees? Pt 1

As soon as you begin reading the New Covenant, you’re introduced a group called the Pharisees, (Matt 3:7) among others. They’re not mentioned in the Old Covenant at all, surprisingly, but they’re important nonetheless. In fact there are several religious groups mentioned in the New Covenant and it’s good to know who they were, what [...]

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Ready Or Not Pt 3

We don’t like to think of Jesus ever sanctioning violence, let alone participating in it, but what we have to really understand more clearly, is that God is perfect, His judgments and decisions are always right, true and necessary. God doesn’t enjoy violence, in fact there’s nowhere in Scripture that gives any indication of that, [...]

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Ready Or Not Pt 2

Last time we ended by reading a passage from Isaiah 63, that described Mashiach in quite brutal fashion, in fact it describes Him coming from a battle where He slaughtered a lot of people and has their blood all over His clothing. He also described His behaviour as being the day of vengeance and the [...]

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Ready Or Not Pt 1

We’re studying the life and all the expectations of Mashiach, the Jewish Messiah. We’ve spent weeks and weeks learning about Him and one of the striking things that most people are unaware of is that there are two distinct profiles of Mashiach in Scripture and they appear to describe two completely different people. One we [...]

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Did He Really? Pt 5

We’ve spent the last 4 programs looking at the arguments against the resurrection of Jesus, coming at the issue from the point of disbelief and looking at the other possible outcomes. None of them stack up. We learned too that the resurrection is a non-negotiable essential truth that validates Christianity, and if there’s no resurrection, [...]

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Did He Really? Pt 4

During our series on Mashiach, we’ve looked at all the criteria required to qualify to be Him. As Christians, we believe that Jesus is Mashiach – the Messiah prophesied from Genesis and right through to Malachi, but the final, essential and non-negotiable criteria for the Mashiach, is that He had to rise from the Dead. [...]

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Did He Really? Pt 3

We’ve been involved in a long series on Mashiach – the Jewish Messiah. We’ve read many, many prophecies about Him, and we’ve examined the life of Jesus and discovered that He meets all the criteria. However, the most essential, non-negotiable criteria for being Mashiach, is rising from the dead. Last time we took the position [...]

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Did He Really? Pt 2

The Apostle Paul said that if Jesus hadn’t been raised from the dead, that our faith was worthless, our sin remained unpaid for, our guilt was still upon us and we’re doomed. Not only that, he said that out of all the human race, we should be pitied the most because basically we’re delusional. The [...]

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Did He Really? Pt 1

It’s been about 6 weeks approximately that we’ve been focusing on Mashiach – the Messiah that the Bible speaks so much about. We’ve learned that there have been dozens and dozens of different messiahs throughout history from many nations and belief systems, but the only one that actually stacks up is the Jewish Messiah. But [...]

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The Resurrection Of Mashiach In Judaism Pt 2

Last time we began looking into ancient Judaism to see what the prevailing view of the resurrection was. Of course, just like Christianity that has lots of denominations, Judaism also had different branches with different theological viewpoints. For example, the branch of the Sadducees, which were very powerful in Jesus lifetime, didn’t believe in the [...]

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The Resurrection Of Mashiach In Judaism Pt 1

While we’ve been focusing on learning all we can about Mashiach, the Jewish Messiah, we’ve seen how the rabbinical views about Messiah have changed over the centuries. We know that the predominant understanding of Messiah was that He’d come to suffer and atone for His people, but by the time Jesus arrived, that view had [...]

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I Thought Mashiach Would Bring World Peace? Pt 2

Last time we looked at probably the main reason most rabbis reject Jesus as Mashiach, because they claim that Mashiach is supposed to usher in world peace when He arrives. Because Jesus came 2,000 years ago and there’s been war after war after war during that time, He couldn’t possibly be Mashiach. As I mentioned [...]

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