The aim is to provide a thorough and exhaustive Bible study on the life of Jesus, following the events of his life in a chronological order. It is intended for folk eager for an understanding of the Hebraic background to Jesus and the Gospels. The Bible study, if released on a weekly basis, should take 3 years to run its course, though all lessons will be held on-line so folk will be able to start the Bible study at any time.

“On this day in Messianic Jewish history” brings you significant events in the life of Jewish believers in Yeshua, or events in the history of the Church and the Jewish people that have shaped Jewish expressions of faith in Yeshua, and impacted Jewish Christianity in the past and its contemporary expression in Messianic Judaism today.

A series of answers given in discussions over the Internet, in answer to the challenges of anti-missionaries. These are sometimes polemic, given the nature of the forums in which they appeared; but they can frequently be informative, nevertheless.

A series of answers given in discussions over the Internet, in answer to the challenges of anti-missionaries. These are sometimes polemic, given the nature of the forums in which they appeared; but they can frequently be informative, nevertheless.

The cacophony that accompanies every upsurge in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can make it seem impossible for outsiders to sort out the facts. Recent events in Gaza are no exception. The shrillest voices on each side are already offering their own mutually exclusive narratives that acknowledge some realities while scrupulously avoiding others.

But while certain facts about Gaza may be inconvenient for the loudest partisans on either side, they should not be inconvenient to the rest of us.

To that end, here are 13 complicated, messy, true things about what has been happening in Gaza. They do not conform to one political narrative or another, and they do not attempt to conclusively apportion all blame. Try, as best you can, to hold them all in your mind at the same time.

1. The protests on Monday were not about President Donald Trump moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, and have in fact been occurring weekly on the Gaza border since March. They are part of what the demonstrators have dubbed “The Great March of Return“—return, that is, to what is now Israel. (The Monday demonstration was scheduled months ago to coincide with Nakba Day, an annual occasion of protest; it was later moved up 24 hours to grab some of the media attention devoted to the embassy.) The fact that these long-standing Palestinian protests were mischaracterized by many in the media as simply a response to Trump obscured two disquieting realities: First, that the world has largely dismissed the genuine plight of Palestinians in Gaza, only bothering to pay attention to it when it could be tenuously connected to Trump. Second, that many Palestinians do not simply desire their own state and an end to the occupation and settlements that began 1967, but an end to the Jewish state that began in 1948.

1. SCRIPTURE

Matthew 2:13-18

Mt. 2:13 Now when they departed, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to Yoseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”
Mt. 2:14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother and departed for Egypt.
Mt. 2:15 And was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”
Mt. 2:16 Then Herod when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.
Mt. 2:17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:
Mt. 2:18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, lamenting, weeping and great mourning. Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, because they were no more.”

The Word: On the same day, when evening had come, Yeshua (Jesus) said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side." Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was… And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But Yeshua was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, "Rabbi, do You not care that we are perishing?" Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful?

Where should we focus our ministries – personally and corporately –as we seek to strengthen Christian witness in a post-Christian culture?

In these days when there are so many external and even internal pressures ranged against the Christian church, and where intolerance and persecution seem to be gathering strength and boldness, we need to gird ourselves for the changing landscape that lies ahead.

WEEK 21 : “Yochanan haMatbil Prepares the Way”

1. SCRIPTURE

Matt. 3:1-6; Mark 1:2-6; Luke 3:3-6

Lk. 3:3 And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of remission of sins. (Mt. 3:3; Mk. 1:4)
Mt. 3:2 And saying, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”
Lk. 3:4a As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying, (Mt. 3:4a; Mk. 1:2a)
Mk. 1:2b “Behold, I send My messenger before your face, who will prepare Your way before You.
Lk. 3:4b “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight,” (Mt. 3:3b; Mk. 1:3)
Lk. 3:5 Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill brought low; and the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways made smooth.”
Lk. 3:6 “And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
Mt. 3:5 Then all Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around Jordan went out to him, (Mk. 1:5a)
Mt. 3:6 And were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. (Mk. 1:5b)
Mt. 3:4 And Yochanan himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around the waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. (Mk. 1:6)

WEEK 26 : The Testimony of Yochanan to the Committee of the Sanhedrin

1. SCRIPTURE

John 1:19-28

Jn. 1:19 Now this is the testimony of Yochanan, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”
Jn. 1:20 He confessed and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.”
Jn. 1:21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No!”
Jn. 1:22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?”
Jn. 1:23 He said, “I am ‘the voice of one crying in the wilderness: make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”
Jn. 1:24 Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees.
Jn. 1:25 And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
Jn. 1:26 Yochanan answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know.”
Jn. 1:27 “It is He, who coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.”
Jn. 1:28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where Yochanan was baptizing.

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