Category Archives: Apostolic Writings

Matthew 24 — Interpreting the ‘signs of the times’ by studying the lessons of the past

Reader: Daniel Agee
Teacher: Jeff

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Matthew 19:1–12 — divorce

Reader: Daniel Agee
Teacher: Jeff [contact]

Thought questions

  • What value is gained in looking at Messiah’s teaching on divorce from parallel passages from the other apostles?
  • What were differences between the House of Shammai and the House of Hillel, two schools of rabbinical thought at the time of Yeshua (Jesus)?
    • How did Yeshua’s comments in general and on divorce in particular compare with those of Shammai and Hillel?
  • Why is divorce compared to cutting, based on the Greek and Hebrew words describing it in the Bible?
    • What did God intend marriage to teach?
  • How did God factor in situations in which the marriage contract is violated?
    • Under what circumstances is the marriage contract violated, according to the Bible and society today?
    • What does the Torah say about divorce?
    • Whose fault is divorce?
    • What does the innocent spouse do?
  • Can divorce bring shalom, Hebrew for "peace" and "completeness" and "wholeness."

 

Matthew 16 — Good or bad “yeast”?

Yeast is commonly seen as a symbol for pride, something bad. Why does God command us to not eat leavened bread for seven days after Passover then at Shavuot (Pentecost) command that He be offered two loaves of leavened bread? How is the answer to this paradox found in Yeshua’s cryptic instruction to His disciples to beware of the “yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees”? Continue reading Matthew 16 — Good or bad “yeast”?

Matthew 2: Magi from Parthia visit the toddler Messiah

It was a shocking event when a sizable delegation of scholars from the empire of Parthia, a competitor with Rome, visited the land of Israel looking for a recently born “King of Yehudah.” It turns out that this was the legacy of the prophet Daniel. Another prophet foretold “Rachel” would be weeping for her children, and that prophecy was fulfilled not only with the killing of newborns and toddlers in Beit Lekhem (Bethlehem) but also the driving out her descendants into the nations with the Assyrian exile.

Thought questions from the recorded discussion

What did the magi — the “wise men” — know about the coming Messiah, and when did they know it?

What’s the significance of Daniel’s being the teacher of the wise men, the magi, of Babylon? What did Daniel teach them?

Why doesn’t Judaism consider Daniel to be a prophet?

What “star” did the magi see? Why didn’t anyone else, even in Israel see it?

What “signs” are there among the stars? What is the connection between the signs Abraham, the magi and those who witness the Day of the LORD will see in the sky?

Why did the magi bring baby Yeshua gifts? Why did they bring gold, frankincense and myrrh? Why does Messiah get gold and frankincense, but not myrrh, when He returns?

What does the long-standing conflict between the Roman and Parthian empires over the Euphrates River have to do with the statement the appearance of the magi in Jerusalem looking for “the King of the Jews”?

What does the prophecy of Rachel weeping for her children — Joseph and Benjamin — have to do with Herod’s killing of infants and toddlers in Bethlehem to kill the young Messiah?

What is the connection between that prophecy in Jeremiah 31 and the New Covenant predicted in the same chapter?

What’s the link between the Jeremiah 31 predictions of Rachel’s children’s being “no more,” the return of Ephraim and the New Covenant, and the Matthew 2 account of King Herod’s attack on children in Bethlehem?

Why is God’s son — Israel literally and in prophecy and Messiah literally — called out of Egypt? Is this prophecy misapplied?

Matthew 1: Deep meaning among the names in Yeshua’s ancestry

The long list of names of ancestors of Yeshua can be tedious to read, but it is an important statement about what God was doing by sending the Messiah.

Thought questions from the recorded discussion

What do all the “begat” or “father of” references have to do with anything?

Why is Zerubbabel one of the most important ancestors Yeshua?

Why are there five women, four of which weren’t Israelite mentioned in the lineage of Messiah Yeshua?

What is so important about the generations from Abraham to David, from David to Babylon and from Babylon to Yeshua?

Some Jews say that Yeshua’s lineage through cursed kings makes Him ineligible to become the Messiah King. What does the prophecy of Immanuel from Isaiah have to do with this? What that prophecy good or bad?

Why does Matthew’s genealogical list differ so much from Luke’s?

Why didn’t Mary get sentenced to death for having a child outside marriage, as God’s law required?

Sukkot: Why Do We Celebrate a Wedding Feast?

Hallel Fellowship celebrates a “wedding feast” after the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles has ended, i.e. after sunset. What is this all about? How is this connected to Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) and His promises to return? Daniel Agee explains from the Bible. Continue reading Sukkot: Why Do We Celebrate a Wedding Feast?

Sukkot: Timing of Yeshua’s and Yochanan’s births

Daniel Agee explores the timing of the births of Yochanan the Immerser (John the Baptist) and Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) from descriptions in the Apostolic Scriptures and the prophetic messages of the Biblical celebrations of Passover, the Feast of Tabernacles and Chanukah.