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God & Man: The Ancient Jewish Wedding Pt 6

In the last program we began to look at the different elements that were part of the tradition of the Ancient Jewish Wedding. All this is in the context of God’s relationship with man, God’s intimate relationship with Israel and now, Jesus’ relationship with the church. The three main players in this tradition were the [...]

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Foundations – The Meaning of Passover Part 4

This washing with water is not about physical hygiene, it’s a symbolic ritual for spiritual renewal and cleansing in much the same way that water baptism isn’t about physical hygiene, but rather spiritual death and rebirth.

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Repeat Yourself? Pt 1

Luke 18:1-8, this is a parable of Jesus. ‘Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who didn’t fear God and didn’t respect man. There was a widow in that city and [...]

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Foundations – The Meaning of Passover Part 2

It was a blatant anti-Semitic decision to sever any kind of Jewish connection to the commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus which resulted in both the excommunication and sometimes execution of believers who wanted to continue their celebration of Easter on the dates of the Jewish Passover, because they were in fact, the correct dates.

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The Trinity Pt 3

In the last couple of programs we’ve been discussing the Trinity. This is a complex doctrine, it’s not easy to understand and for the Jewish mind it’s incomprehensible. But there are many references in the Old Covenant portion of the Bible that identify the personages that make up the Godhead; The Father, The Son and [...]

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The Trinity Pt 2

We began to look at the subject of the Trinity last time, it’s not a small or even easy subject to get our head around. To the Jewish mind it’s idolatrous because it appears to be the worship of three gods. The idea that God would have a Son is also hard to comprehend in [...]

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The Trinity Pt 1

Probably more than any other doctrine in the Christian faith, the doctrine of the Trinity is the most difficult one for Jewish people to deal with. Trying to get their head around God having a Son who came to earth in human form is just too great a stretch to believe. They’re not alone either, [...]

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The Blessing Of The Dew Pt 2

In our last program we learned the difference between the characteristics of rain and dew, and that from the time of the very first Passover, the Jewish people have prayed for dew and one of the lines from that prayer asks God to bring a light out of the darkness and to draw Israel to [...]

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The Blessing Of The Dew Pt 1

The word “dew” appears 36 times in 35 verses in the NASB translation of the Bible, and it is primarily seen as a blessing. It’s used poetically and symbolically in quite a lot of places, and it’s a different kind of blessing to the blessing of rain. Going all the way back to the very [...]

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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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