Character in Context
Episode 31: “Say What?” Was John the Baptist’s father Zechariah really slaughtered in the Temple? Evaluating sketchy source material.

Episode 31: “Say What?” Was John the Baptist’s father Zechariah really slaughtered in the Temple? Evaluating sketchy source material.

October 25, 2019

When someone says something like, "John the Baptist's father was the Zechariah who was slaughtered between the altar and the porch in the Temple" it is important to ask where they got that information because folks who use sketchy (or nonexistent) sources aren't quick to pony up without prompting and when people hear something new and seemingly cool from someone who sounds convincing, they generally just get lost in the moment. So, about a month ago I pre-recorded a teaching where I read the Protoevangelium of James, a second-century pseudepigraphic (false name) fake Gospel that sometimes gets used as a legitimate source but absolutely is not. I'm going to read through it and point out all the glaring errors and reasons why we know it wasn't written by someone in the first century and certainly not by James, and why whoever wrote it had obviously never set foot in the Temple complex in his life.

link to a pdf of this fake Gospel account https://tinyurl.com/yy5pm9g7

Episode 30: Tis the Season–to deny Yeshua/Jesus?

Episode 30: Tis the Season–to deny Yeshua/Jesus?

October 17, 2019

Every year, we seem to see a falling away from the faith of people who once claimed Yeshua to be the Messiah of Israel--during the Fall Feasts and during the month before Passover. Prompted by a couple on my facebook friend list denying Yeshua/Jesus on Yom Kippur (of all days), I am sharing my experience with an antimissionary posing as a friend back in December of 2013 and how, even though I slapped him down hard at the time, it led to me almost denying my Savior. Most importantly, I want to share how God personally intervened to save me and how what He told me can protect you too.

Episode 29: True and False Repentance and the Joy of Yom Kippur

Episode 29: True and False Repentance and the Joy of Yom Kippur

October 11, 2019

Yom Kippur as joyful? You betcha! It is very much a day for rejoicing and happiness as it is the day when God gives us the directive to afflict ourselves through fasting and introspection as a Body so that He can wipe the slate of our corporate sins clean. Unlike Passover, where followers of Yeshua/Jesus rejoice over past deliverance from Egypt and the greater deliverance at the Cross from sin and death, Yom Kippur is all about "us." And so we are going to search through Scripture for stories of true and false repentance, and explore why Yom Kippur has always been a great day of joy for the people of God.

Episode 28: Yom Kippur and Ba’al Peor

Episode 28: Yom Kippur and Ba’al Peor

October 4, 2019

This one will be somewhat controversial, possibly, maybe not. Hopefully not. There is somewhat of a movement to classify fasting on Yom Kippur as traditional instead of commanded, but we are going to look at the original Hebrew and a whole lot of verses to analyze whether or not this is true. We are also going to explore some themes related to the sin of Israel with Ba'al of Peor, which we find in Numbers 25, and relate that to refusing to afflict ourselves on this day when we are medically able to do so, and worse, encouraging others to do the same.

It is a bit corrupted for about three minutes at the 22 minute mark--not sure what happened, Sorry about that!

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