Did you realize that the ministry of the apostle Peter was prophesied in Scripture? Just as Eliyahu (Elijah) has a New Testament equivalent in Yokhanan (John the Baptist), Elisha also has a New Testament equivalent: Peter.
The overall theme of Luke 16 is how we are to use material wealth. Is Luke 16:19–31, known as “the rich man and Lazarus,” a travelogue of hell or a parable related to wealth?
Just as David was upset at Absolom’s death, God was broken at the death of Yeshua. But Absolom’s death brought salvation to David and Yeshua’s death brough salvation to all of God’s people. The children of Israel were saved from Egypt by the death of the firstborn.
On the surface, it appears that the apostles just jumped at Yeshua’s offer without thought or consideration, but there was far more consideration in their decision to follow Yeshua than we could ever imagine.
Acts 15 recounts a “watershed” moment among believers in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) — should believers among the nations be allowed into the assembly of Israel and how. These events didn’t happen in a vacuum. Events from Acts 1–14 — Peter’s encounter with Cornelius and Paul’s first tour of Asia Minor — led to this momentous ruling by the elders.
In part 2 of the discussion, the importance of the passage from Amos 9 of restoration of a tabernacle for all believers is revealed. The Yerushalayim council ruled that we mustn’t "trouble" new believers as they learn Torah. Continue reading Acts 15 — to circumcise new believers or not to circumcise, to hassle them on Torah or not to hassle
It’s no coincidence God frees Petros (Peter) from jail during Passover/Unleavened Bread, which even at that time was understood to be a removing of "sourness" from one’s life. In Acts 12, the "leaven" of Herod and of the leaders was shown to be "spoiling" Israel.
The vision of Acts 10, repeated in Acts 11, has been misinterpreted for millennia, in part because many people reading the text fail to see the vision of the animals in the context of Peter’s later meeting with Cornelius and the conversion of Cornelius household to the Gospel and God’s gift of the Holy Spirit upon Cornelius. Many Christians see the vision of the animals on the sheet as simply a change in dietary laws. The focus on physical food rather than upon the spiritual reality of God’s call of both Jews and Gentiles to believe in the one and only Messiah Yeshua becomes lost when this vision is interpreted out of context.