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Recorded 01/11/2014
Number 38 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Hebrews 10:10-18 presents the death of Yeshua of Nazareth as the single sacrifice for sin, but does that make Yeshua a sin offering like those once offered in the Temple? In what sense is Yeshua a sacrifice? How can he be a sacrifice when his death does not accord with the Levitical laws for the sacrificial services whatsoever? This teaching, based on the final chapter of Pastor Lancaster's booklet What about the Sacrifices? answers the difficult question of how the death of the Messiah provides atonement for sin.

Recorded 01/05/2014
Number 17 in the series Romans

What is "the measure of faith that God has assigned" (Romans 12:3)? What is the gift of "exhortation"? What are spiritual gifts and how do they function? Romans 12 depicts the body of Messiah in all its diversity, and calls upon us to commit ourselves to the body, offering ourselves as "living sacrifices" to the Almighty.

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (Romans 12:4-5)

This teaching from Romans 12 is number 17 in the Romans class, originally recorded in 2014. Download the pdf of the handout and follow along.

Recorded 01/04/2014
Number 37 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Do the sacrifices take away sins or not? The Torah seems to indicate that they do, but the writer of the book of Hebrews says, “It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.”

Dive into Hebrews 10 with an entertaining, fast-paced discussion of an apostolic midrash on Psalm 40 and it's appearance in the argument regarding the suffering of the Messiah as an atoning sacrifice for sin.

Recorded 12/28/2013
Number 36 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Anyone can pray, and God knows the thoughts of every creature. The difference between this world and the world of the divine is artificial, and God pervades all things, and all things are in him, so why would anyone need a mediator?
In the New Covenant, Yeshua acts as priest, sacrifice, and mediator.
Installment 36 in the Beth Immanuel Hebrews series finishes Hebrews chapter 9 with a discussion on Hebrews 9:15-28 and the Messiah's role as a mediator between Israel and God.

Recorded 12/21/2013
Number 35 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

What were the sacrifices supposed to accomplish? The writer of the book of Hebrews maintains that the animal sacrifices offered in the Temple cannot grant forgiveness for the world to come or the reward of eternal life. If so, why did God command the Israelites to offer sacrifices?

The contents of this discussion contributed to the First Fruits of Zion audio-teaching What About the Sacrifices?.

This sermon marks one year in Beth Immanuel's study of the epistle to the Hebrews, so it features a brief review of the first eight chapters of the book.

Recorded 12/14/2013
Number 34 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Bible teachers often use Hebrews 9 as proof that the disciples of Yeshua abandoned the Old Testament rituals of Temple worship and sacrifices as vestiges of an old covenant that had been replaced by a new covenant. A closer look reveals an entirely different message. Hebrews 9 uses the layout of the Temple to present  a mystical illustration of the passage from this world to the World to Come.

For more on sacrifices and the New Testament, see the First Fruits of Zion audio-teaching What About the New Covenant?.

Recorded 12/07/2013
Number 33 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

In 2 Corinthians 3 Paul teaches a short discourse contrasting the glory of the Old Covenant and the glory of the New Covenant, employing the metaphor of the veil that concealed the light of Moses' face. This passage is frequently understood to imply replacement theology the cancellation of the Torah, but a closer look reveals a the role of the Torah in both old and new covenants.

But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was, how will the ministry of the Spirit fail to be even more with glory?For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory. For indeed what had glory, in this case has no glory because of the glory that surpasses it. For if that which fades away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory. (2 Corinthians 3:7-11)

This lecture was included in the First Fruits of Zion audio-teaching What About the New Covenant?

Recorded 11/23/2013
Number 32 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Does the New Covenant really have better promises than the old? What are the better promises? How well do you really know the new covenant?

The book of Hebrews says that the Messiah has obtained a more excellent priesthood than the Aaronic priesthood because he is the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises (Hebrews 8:6). This discourse takes a closer look at the better promises of the new covenant as described in the prophecies of Jeremiah.

This lecture later became part of the First Fruits of Zion audio-teaching What About the New Covenant?

Recorded 11/16/2013
Number 31 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

What is the differences between the Letter of the Law and the Spirit of the Law in Pauline terminology? This teaching discusses the promise in Jeremiah 31 regarding the Torah written on our hearts in the New Covenant, with reference to Paul's discourse in Romans 7-8 regarding the Spirit and the Law. A foundational teaching for everyone interested in Messianic Judaism and the role of Torah in the lives of disciples of Yeshua. This sermon became one of the primary lectures in the First Fruits of Zion audio-teaching What About the New Covenant?

Recorded 11/09/2013
Number 30 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Discussion on Hebrews 8 and Jeremiah 31 regarding the New Covenant and its meaning from a Messianic Jewish perspective. Discover why the New Covenant is not the New Testament, the Renewed Covenant, nor the Brit Chadashah. Find out what the New Covenant really is and how the Torah is part of the New Covenant. A foundational teaching for everyone interested in Messianic Judaism and the role of Torah in the lives of disciples of Yeshua.

This sermon became one of the primary lectures in the First Fruits of Zion audio-teaching What About the New Covenant?

Recorded 11/02/2013
Number 29 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Is the Temple on earth irrelevant since it is merely a shadow of the true heavenly reality?
This teaching on Hebrews 8:1-5 explains the Temple as a Shadow and a Copy of the supernal Temple above with references to Colossians 2:16-17 which describes the festivals and holy days as shadows of things that are to come--the substance of Messiah.

Recorded 10/26/2013
Number 28 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

What does it mean that "the former commandment has been set aside" (Hebrews 7:18)? Does the priesthood of Messiah cancel the priesthood of Aaron and the Levitical system? This teaching explores the relationship between two different priesthoods in Hebrews 7:18-28, the Aaronic priesthood and the Melchizedekian priesthood.

The Aaronic priesthood was never in business to conduct souls to heaven or to attain eternal forgiveness and justification for sinners. That was not their job. Their job was to facilitate the worship of Hashem in the holy Sanctuary, to conduct the sacrificial services, to carry the blood of sacrifices to the altar, and to bestow Hashem’s blessing upon the worshippers and upon the nation. Getting people into heaven and raising them from the dead was not in the job description.

Recorded 08/10/2013
Number 26 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

After the resurrection of the dead comes the final judgment. According to Hebrews 6, the eternal judgment is one of the elementary principles of the Messiah, yet it is poorly understood among believers today. This teaching provides a quick synopsis of the subject.

The Final Judgment is a re-recording of a talk originally delivered on Shabbat Shoftim, Elul 4, 5773 corresponding to August 10 in the year of our Master 2013. This is the 26th installment in our studies in the book of Hebrews and the final installment in our special study of elementary teachings of the Messiah in Hebrews 6.

Recorded 08/03/2013
Number 25 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

What's the difference between the resurrection and going to heaven?

According to Hebrews 6:1-2, the resurrection of the dead is one of the six basic doctrines of Messianic faith. In this teaching, D. Thomas Lancaster takes a look at the apostolic hope in the resurrection, distinguishing between the resurrection of the righteous and the general resurrection. This is teaching number 25 in the Hebrews series and number 10 in special series on the elementary teachings of the Messiah.

Recorded 07/27/2013
Number 24 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

The Evangelical gospel asks, "Are you certain you are going to go to heaven when you die?" The Christian objective seems to be to secure a place in heaven, but the Bible says very little about heaven. Find out why most passages about heaven are actually not about heaven at all in this installment on the basic teachings of the Messiah from Hebrews 6. 

Recorded 07/06/2013
Number 23 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

The elementary principles include the subject of baptism and instructions regarding immersions. In this teaching, we look at the evidence from early Christian documents. Find out how the second-century Christians welcomed new converts into the body of Messiah. This teaching contains quotations from Justin Martyr's First Apology, from the Didache, and from the Apostolic Constitutions. The quotations are available in the PDF document below titled Initiation Texts.

Recorded 06/29/2013
Number 22 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Why do we "lay hands" on the sick? What does the ceremony of laying on of hands actually mean?

The writer of the book of Hebrews lists the laying on of hands as one of the elementary teachings of the Messiah. What is the laying on of hands and what did it signify to the early believers? Listen to a rapidly moving Bible study on the subject of semichah in the apostolic era.

Recorded 06/22/2013
Number 21 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Hebrews 6:1-3 identifies instructions about washings as one out of six fundamental, elementary teachings about the Messiah. Does this refer to baptism? Are these instructions about how to baptize? Learn about the Jewish practice of immersion in a mikvah and discover evidence of early, apostolic-era  catechism prior to immersion. This teaching includes a short introduction to the Didache.

Recorded 06/15/2013
Number 20 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

The second elementary teaching of the Messiah in Hebrews 6:12 is called faith toward God, but how does “faith towards God” function as a distinctive, unique, hallmark of first century Messianic Judaism? All sects of Judaism believed in God. Even the Sadducees believed in God. Find out how Yeshua transformed the faith of his followers, and get a fresh handle on what it means to believe in Jesus and to be born again. This teaching includes a discussion on the relationship between Messianic Judaism and the rest of the Jewish people in the form of the parable of the man with two daughters.

Recorded 06/08/2013
Number 19 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

Does repentance mean to change your mind or to turn from sin? 

More thoughts on repentance from dead works as an essential part of the gospel and one of the elementary teachings of Yeshua. Evangelism is not like making toast. Discipleship and evangelism entail an ongoing process. This teaching includes excerpts from a blog in which an Evangelical pastor explains why he does not preach repentance.

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