Messianic Audio Teachings

Recorded 01/18/2014
Number 39 in the series Holy Epistle to the Hebrews

I'm not perfect, just forgiven. I'm not holier than thou, I'm just a sinner saved by grace. Something has gone terribly wrong with our thinking if we believe that the only difference between a believer and a non-believer is that the believer is forgiven and assured of eternal life. That idea is not worthy of the name Christian or the name of Messiah, and it sullies the reputation of our holy Master. Hebrews 10:18-31 contains a stern warning and exhortation to the upward call of discipleship and the demands of new-covenant living.

Recorded 12/29/2014
Number 16 in the series Romans

Paul wants you to understand this mystery: A partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. (Romans 11:25) Let's take some time to see if we can solve the mystery with a teaching from Romans 11 focusing on the meaning of the enigmatic phrase, "the fullness of the Gentiles."

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 08/15/2015
Number 47 in the series Shabbat beShabbato

Life is full of good intentions: "One of these days, I'm going to start exercising and eating healthy." "One of these days, I'm going to get my life back on track." Have you ever noticed that "one of these days" never comes? This teaching about the Sabbath and God's Holy Days demonstrates how HaShem's appointed times are designed to interrupt our routine and provide opportunities for self-improvement, increasing godliness, and drawing nearer to God. We call this the "cycle of sanctification." We learn about how, just as Israel was commanded to sacrifice only at the place God chose to put his name, likewise, God's holy days function as "sanctuaries in time," chosen by God for all his people's participation. The forty days of repentence before the high holy days are an ideal time to get life back on track with renewed focus on repentance, prayer, and charity.

This teaching was originally presented to the community of Beth Immanuel on Rosh Chodesh Elul, Shabbat Re'eh, August 15, 2015 / Av 30, 5775, at the beginning of the forty days of repentance.

Recorded 02/17/2010
Number 14 in the series 26 Answers to 26 Reasons

What happens when we find a discrepancy or a contradiction between the Gospel narratives? What do we do if Matthew says one thing but Luke says another? Do the discrepencies undermine the credibility of the New Testament? Asher Norman's reasons number eighteen and nineteen attempt to discredit the Gospels on the basis of seeming contradictions in the birth narratives and the names of the twelve disciples.

Recorded 12/15/2014
Number 15 in the series Romans

In Romans 11, Paul speaks of the Gentile disciples as branches from a wild olive tree, grafted in to a cultivated tree, but the symbolism leaves room for ambiguity. Who is who in the metaphor, and where does the rest of Israel fit in to the picture? Who are the broken branches, who are the roots, and how do they all fit together? This teaching examines the famous "grafted-in" passage in the context of the broader discussion of Romans 9-11 and by comparing it with a similar Talmudic teaching.

Recorded 03/15/2014
Number 4 in the series Purim Audio

The book of Esther is a book of secrets. Find out how the story of Mordechai, Haman, and Esther contains a concealed allusion to the story of the Master's death and resurrection at Passover. An important teaching from the Midrash Rabbah on Esther makes the connection obvious, revealing a relationship between the dynasty of King Saul, the first king of Israel, and the final redemption. 

Recorded 04/19/2014
Number 7 in the series Death of the Messiah

The resurrection of Yeshua is foretold in the Psalms. Just as Psalm 22 prophetically foreshdaowed his crucifixion, opening with the words, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me," likewise Psalm 21 pertains to his ressurection. This short teaching from Beth Immanuel's 2014 Resurrection Service offers insights into the significance of our Master's resurrection.
 

Recorded 01/27/2016
Number 10 in the series Apocalypse of John

What is the hidden manna and the white stone promised to those who overcome? This teaching takes on the cryptic references of Revelation 2:17, digging into Jewish sources and the Torah to disclose the meaning of the hidden manna and the new name written on the white stone.

To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it. (Revelation 2:17)

Recorded 12/10/2015
Number 6 in the series Shabbat beShabbato

What's the connection between Sabbath Candles and Chanukah candles? Find out how the lighting of the Chanukah light brings holiness into this world and teaches us an important lesson about the value of the Sabbath.

 

Recorded 01/27/2010
Number 11 in the series 26 Answers to 26 Reasons

Is vicarious atonement a biblical concept? Was Jesus really a sacrifice? After all, he was not a lamb, nor a goat, nor a bull. How can he be considered to be a sacrifice for sin?

Reasons fourteen and fifteen of Twenty-Six Reasons Jewish Don't Believe in Jesus state that the Messiah is not supposed to die before fulfilling his mission and that Jesus' blood cannot atone for the sins of another.

Recorded 09/06/2017

Are you ready for Rosh Hashanah and the High Holidays? A teaching on the basic observances of the festival of Rosh Hashanah. This practical how-to teaching covers all the essentials with a few quick explanations regarding the major themes of the holiday.

Here are links to additional teachings referenced in the audio:

Rosh Hashanah Menu includes an audio about the significance of the ritual foods and a pdf of the handout.

Are Two Heads Better than One explains why we celebrate Rosh HaShanah for two days, even in the Diaspora.

Recorded 07/04/2015

The Bible is a book of blessings. And curses. Laying out a good curse on one's enemy is a lost art in today's world. Balaam was a master curser with the power of life and death in his mouth. Find out how the incredible power to curse has an equally powerful inverse which can change your life.

Recorded 09/14/2017

Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement. It is well known as a day of fasting, repentance, and lots of prayers. But there is so much more to observing Yom Kippur than simply showing up at synagogue and not eating anything! Make Yom Kippur even more special and meaningful this year by plugging into the full Yom Kippur experiences. Learn all about Yom Kippur and its associated themes, practices, and prayers.

Recorded 12/10/2016
Number 7 in the series Shabbat beShabbato

The Sabbath Keeper is promised to "feed on the heritage of Jacob your father" (Isaiah 58:14). What is the "heritage of Jacob" and what is the relationship to Sabbath keeping? This teaching, a discussion of Isaiah 58:13-14 from Shabbat Vayeitzei 5777, wanders like a strange dream in many directions.

 

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.

Number 9 in the series 26 Answers to 26 Reasons

Is Jesus God? Is God in three persons? Did a church council elect Jesus as God?

In his book, Twenty-Six Reasons Why Jews Don't Believe in Jesus, Asher Norman objects that Yeshua-faith violates Jewish monotheism. Is God One or is He three? How can we believe in a divine Messiah?

This class digs into the controversial world of Christology to reveal a Messianic Jewish perspective on the question of the deity of Yeshua and to illustrate how traditional dogma can alienate Jewish people from the Gospels. The sad story of Michael Servetus enters the conversation.

Recorded 04/21/2010
Number 19 in the series 26 Answers to 26 Reasons

Reason 24 of the book Twenty-Six Reasons Jews Don't Believe in Jesus claims that Jesus and the narratives about him were created by combining elements from the Bible with pagan mythology and mystery religions of the ancient world. Critics of the Gospel claim that the stories of Yeshua are recycled myths and pagan tales, but are their criticisms accurate? This teaching takes the time to explore a few of the alleged parallels between the story of Yeshua and stories from mythology, revealing a loaded agenda of junk scholarship which intentionally twists the truth.

Recorded 05/03/2017

The case for religious Zionism and the fulfillment of biblical prophecy in the formation of the modern state of Israel. This teaching offers a sweeping overview of the story of Israel up until May of 1948 and the War for Independence. Includes a first-hand, on-the-ground teaching by Messianic Jewish pioneer and luminary Abram Poljak and a teaching on the synagogue's "Prayer for the State of Israel."

 

Recorded 02/03/2016
Number 11 in the series Apocalypse of John

Revelation chapter two and the epistle to the assembly at Thyatira warns about a mysterious prophetess called Jezebel. Who is Jezebel of Thyatira, and what are the deep things of Satan which she taught? What does it mean to have a "Jezebel Spirit"? This teaching goes into the details of the Master's epistle to Thyatira, revealing a fascinating correlation to the Apostolic Decree in Acts 15.

I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. (Revelation 2:20)

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