Character in Context
Episode 23: Be Therefore Ready Part 2–The Parable of the Ten Virgins

Episode 23: Be Therefore Ready Part 2–The Parable of the Ten Virgins

August 30, 2019

This is the second of a four-part teaching series on the "readiness" parables of Matthew Chapter 24/25 concerning what we are and are not to do in order to be ready for our Master's return. In this installment, we are going to explore the Parable of the Ten Virgins--paying special attention to what it does and does not say and possibly tipping some sacred cows as this parable is possibly the most abused in Scripture.

Episode 22: Be Therefore Ready Part 1–The Parable of the Faithful Steward

Episode 22: Be Therefore Ready Part 1–The Parable of the Faithful Steward

August 23, 2019

This is the beginning of a four-part teaching series on the "readiness" parables of Matthew Chapter 24/25 concerning what we are and are not to do in order to be ready for our Master's return. In this installment, we are going to explore the Parable of the Faithful Steward from the perspective of Joseph from the Genesis account and find out what his life teaches us about how we are to live.

Episode 21: Bible Phrases Part 2–Outer Darkness and the Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth

Episode 21: Bible Phrases Part 2–Outer Darkness and the Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth

August 16, 2019

The whole concept of "outer darkness" and the "weeping and gnashing of teeth" is so obscured by hell-related imagery that we fail to understand how it would have been received by Yeshua's/Jesus's first-century Jewish audience. As this phrase is going to play a big part in the next teaching series on the four "readiness" parables of Matthew 24/25 I decided to make this separate teaching on the "fate worse than death" concept of rejection in the ancient world.

Episode 20: Woes Part 9–Your House is Left to You Desolate

Episode 20: Woes Part 9–Your House is Left to You Desolate

August 9, 2019

This was an emotional teaching for me. This is an incredibly tragic moment in the Gospel of Matthew, when Yeshua/Jesus utters his last lament to the Pharisees and their Scribes and leaves the Temple toward the Mount of Olives, hearkening back to the events of Ezekiel 10 and 11.

We'll be talking about Temple language, and how it (and Yeshua) appear repeatedly in Psalm 118, along with His utterance, "Baruch haha b'shem Adonai," or "Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord" and explore what that might tell us about the season of His return. And yes, I cry. I know, I get emotional while reading the Word aloud sometimes. I am a big softie.

Episode 19: Woes Part 8–Tombs, Monuments, Vipers, and the Infancy Gospel of James

Episode 19: Woes Part 8–Tombs, Monuments, Vipers, and the Infancy Gospel of James

August 2, 2019

Have you ever heard the legend that John the Baptist's father was slaughtered in the Temple? Did you ever wonder where people get that from and whether or not it is even plausible? Tonight we are going to delve into the huge problems with that and reveal the surprising source that claim came from.

This is a lot of tidbits of context all squeezed into one episode, but the seventh woe is also the most serious and intricate. What was the tomb of the prophets and who built it? What are the monuments of the righteous? Why was being compared to a brood of vipers so much worse than just being compared to vipers? And why am I spending time debunking the Protoevangelium of James as a source? It's all related and all working up to the grand finale next week.

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