Messianic Insights into Bible Passages and Themes: Fellowship Evening

Messianic Insights into Bible Passages and Themes: 

An Online Fellowship Time

Recently, I was invited to teach a fellowship in Wales from a Hebrew Messianic perspective on any topic. As I prayed for guidance, the LORD gave me the idea to keep it in line with a Jewish Yeshiva (study group), asking the congregation to submit questions to me beforehand on two themes: either a favourite verse and wanting to discover the Hebrew understanding of it, or a question of Jewish faith and how it interacts with the New Testament. What a beautiful online evening we had exploring these questions together, Jew and Gentile. Here is the audio recording of that fellowship (entitled Rehoboth Meeting). Come join in the fellowship time. With love in Yeshua.


Here are the questions they asked:


TOPIC: A favourite verse and wanting to discover the Hebrew understanding of it:

  • Zephaniah 3:17 What is the Jewish understanding of this verse?
  • Why has Isaiah 53 become such a difficult chapter for the Jews? There are those who say it refers to the nation of Israel, yet some of the Jewish sages say it refers to a person, not a nation?
  • What is the Jewish understanding of Psalm 23? 

 

TOPIC: The question of Jewish faith and how it interacts with the Gospel in the New Testament:

  • Sadly we believers read John 3:16 divorced from its Jewish context. John 3:1-21 is the account of Nicodemus, a Pharisee, speaking with Messiah before coming to faith. He later spoke against seizing Jesus (John 7:50-51) before helping to give Jesus a traditional Jewish burial (John 19:39).  What spiritual and cultural obstacles were there for Nicodemus to overcome before coming to faith?
  • What are the differences between the believers’ understanding of the Messiah and the Jewish understanding the Messiah?