Mark D. Nanos, “Paul and the Jewish Tradition: The Ideology of the Shema”, Villanova University, Philadelphia, October 23, 2008, from http://www.mjstudies.com
Episode 03: It may be shocking to learn, but the fact is that many people were named Jesus in first century Israel. So how is it then that his name is the name above all names? In episode three the name of Jesus is explored in depth in order to gain a better understanding of the significance of not only Christ’s name but his mission. The name Jesus means “salvation” and it was preordained in the prophecies of the Hebrew Scriptures that the messiah would bring salvation not only to Israel but to all mankind.
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The Sign of Jonah | Does Matthew 12:40 imply that Jesus did not die on a Friday? | D. Thomas Lancaster
On what day of the week did Jesus die?
Christian tradition states that he died on a Friday, and Christians commemorate his suffering and death every year on the Friday before Easter. But the Good Friday tradition is difficult to reconcile with Matthew 12:40 which says, “For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” If Yeshua rose on the first day of the week as the Gospels maintain, then how can we account for three days and three nights between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. At best, we might have thirty-six hours: two days and two nights.
In this article, we will attempt to solve this apparent contradiction. We will be using material that I developed for First Fruits of Zion’s Torah Club program, particularly Chronicles of the Messiah, a Messianic Jewish commentary on the life and teachings of Yeshua of Nazareth.
The One Who Counts
Babe Ruth was up to bat! Strike one was called and the Babe also missed the second pitch! The umpire called the third pitch a strike and Babe turned to the umpire and said, “There are 40,000 people in this stadium that would say that last pitch was a ball.” The umpire replied, “But I am the only one who counts.” There are a lot of people that would say you and I are pretty good folks but there is only One who knows for sure and He is the only One who counts.
What the good Lord thinks about our country—our educational systems—our cultural changes—our family life—and our personal habits is very important. Really, His judgment is the only one that counts! Adrian Rogers once said, “If you don’t please God, it does not matter how many people you please and if you will please God, it does not matter how many people you displease.” In the Bible, there is the remarkable record of a man named Enoch who was carried to Heaven without dying. If we are not careful we will be so fascinated with his translation to Heaven that we overlook one important fact about him and it is, “…Before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” (Hebrews 11:5).
Pat Loftin has served as a Baptist minister for some 62 years and resides in Epps, LA where he has been the husband of Kathy for 59 years, the father of 3, grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 3 more. His hobbies include fishing but his passion is for preaching, teaching and writing. To contact Bro. Pat Loftin, you may email him through our contact page here
This is from the sermon entitled “Messianic Judaism” delivered by D. Thomas Lancaster at Beth Immanuel Sabbath Fellowship in Hudson, Wisconsin. You can listen to or download the entire sermon here.
My dream, my goal, my purpose…. is to restore as much as we can, with G-ds help, of the original; to go back to the original; before the Protestant Reformation; before the Vatican; before the church councils; before Nicea; before Constantine; before Ignatius; before the church fathers. All the way back to those original believers, the communities of the apostles; the guys I want to hang out with. I want to practice my faith like they did. I want to revive that because that’s as close to the actual faith and practice and life of Yeshua as you can get.
from First Fruits of Zion
Shem Mishmuel points out that even as Gentiles are sustained in the land of Israel in the Shemittah year through God’s provision, so the nations will be blessed by the even greater miraculous provision of the Messianic Era. We, both Jews and Gentiles in Messiah, are in a state of exile and the whole world is in need of the redemption that will come when the kingdom of heaven arrives in full. It is then that we will all experience the abundance of HaShem’s physical and spiritual nourishment in the Messianic Era. May it be soon and in our days.
Ron Cantor wrote a series of blogs on the subject of “Should Gentiles Keep Torah?”. Below are links for each of the four installments.
….there are some congregations that teach that God’s perfect plan is that the Gentiles also keep the ceremonial aspects of Torah, however mainstream Messianic Judaism and Messianic Jewish leaders reject this. Those who do teach this are part of the ‘One Law’ movement. While I do believe there is freedom for any believer to keep the entire Torah, it is not required. Let’s take a look at the word of God.