A Jew and a Gentile Discuss

One is Jewish. One is Gentile. Both believe in Jesus. Join us as we discuss life, faith, prophecy, ... more

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April 05, 2022 00:29:19
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S2 EP10 | Making Messianic Judaism Less Messy

In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra talk openly about the sometimes messy and perhaps confusing realm of Messianic Judaism. What is it? Who’s part of it? And why should Gentile Christians care about it?  Ezra asks Carly, a Gentile Believer, what Messianic Judaism is. From there, the conversation delves into: If “Messianic Jew” is a term believing Jews use to describe themselves Whether Messianic Judaism is a denomination If Messianic Judaism came out of the Jesus Movement Who the first Messianic Jew was The context in which faith in Jesus spread in the first century Why there seems to be so much variance in Messianic Jewish practice Along the Way Along the way, they discuss these key matters and more: Differentiating the term Messianic Jewish from its essence The vital component of Messianic Judaism that sees Jewish people embracing their Jewish identity and believing Jesus is the Messiah and that these two things are not in conflict with one another What Jewish sources say about Messianic Judaism A challenge to Jewish listeners to consider how believing in fulfilled Messianic prophecies of the Hebrew Scriptures wouldn’t mean converting to another religion What unites us should be stronger than what differences we have Something first-century Jewish Believers in Jesus did not say What Jewish/Gentile scenario has been kind of flipped on its head The most important question a Jewish person will ever answer in their life, and how no one can answer it for them Words You Might Learn in This Episode Ecclesia, Mashiach, diaspora, kippah, Shabbat Scriptures Referenced in This Episode Romans 10:13, Joel 2:32, John 3:16, Deuteronomy 18:15, Psalm 16:8–11, Acts 2:22–36, John 14:3, Isaiah 7:14, Jeremiah 31:15, Jeremiah 31:31, Zechariah 9:9, Zechariah 11:12–13, Zechariah 12:10, Daniel 7:13–14, Daniel 9:24–27, Galatians ...

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March 29, 2022 00:31:37
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S2 EP9 | Hooo-paaah?? Demystifying the Jewish Wedding

Jewish weddings include some really interesting traditions. In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra talk about their meanings, similarities and differences from what most of our audience may be familiar with. Among the things they discuss are: Wedding attire, including why most grooms wear kippahs Fasting before getting married The Jewish tradition of bedeken, the veiling of the bride by her groom The significance of the The part in the ceremony when the bride circles the groom several times and what that means The special marriage contract of a Jewish wedding The concluding tradition of Jewish weddings, resulting in the shout of “Mazel Tov!” Gifts in increments of $18? What’s that all about? So, this is all cool, but how does it apply to Christian listeners? Along the Way As they talk about the fascinating meanings of Jewish wedding traditions, they bring out some other intriguing things, like: The Owen Wilson image Ezra can’t get out of his mind when he thinks of Jewish weddings Why a Jewish groom meets the bride halfway down the aisle What Jericho has to do with Jewish weddings The funny thing Ezra’s Israeli wife put in their Hebrew-written marriage contract The difference between the Jewish marriage covenant and typical wedding vows What some Jewish grooms forget in the wedding ceremony that leaves brides saying, “Um, hello?” How Jewish letters and words have numeric values associated with them A great reminder about one of the primary purposes of this podcast, for both Jewish and Christian listeners How Jewish wedding traditions are so filled with meaning that Christians can relate to What the traditional stomping of the glass by the groom has to do with the Temple A false choice many people think they have to make – if they’re ...

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March 22, 2022 00:24:51
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S2 EP8 | Christian Zionism: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Are you thinking what we think you might be thinking? Hm. Zion. I know that word – it’s in the Bible. Isn’t it a mountain? No wait, is it a city? Or is it the Temple? I’m confused. How can I know what Christian Zionism is when I’m not even sure what Zion means? Never fear; in this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Ezra and Carly clear that up at the beginning with a really cool analogy. Then, they discuss a common definition of Christian Zionism, analyzing it bit by bit to root out the Good, the Bad and where it can get downright Ugly. Along the Way As they explore various aspects of Christian Zionism, their conversation takes them to: What Scripture means when it says God stretches out His arm Before there was Christian Zionism, there was Jewish Zionism One of the main verses Christian Zionism springs from – and it’s part of “the Good” A “Messianic declaration” necessary for Jesus’ return How Israel’s regathering needs to also lead to Israel’s redemption Putting the shoe on the other foot – What if this attitude about Jewish people was the attitude toward your family? It’s part of “the Bad” that’s possible with Christian Zionism, and it can alienate us from each other Whichever way you look at this particular understanding of Christian Zionism – either from a Jewish perspective or Christian – it really belongs in “the Ugly” category A phrase that has become a trigger to Carly now A poorly-worded part of a Christian Zionism definition that, if carried out to its subtle conclusion, essentially aims to make Jewish people cease to exist in their own faith. Now that’s Bad! And Ugly! A “Really Ugly” thing that ...

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March 14, 2022 00:31:22
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S2 EP7 | Differences between End Times Jewish and Christian Thought - Olam Haba

An Urgent Message about UkraineWhat’s happening in Ukraine right now is terrible. Jewish Voice is partnering with trusted ministries right in Ukraine – and also Moldova, Romania, and Poland – to provide shelter and relief in Jesus’ name to the escalating number of Ukrainians fleeing for safety. Jewish Voice plans to provide as much comfort and aid as the Lord enables us to do. Please keep praying for Ukraine, and give as the Lord enables you to help during these difficult times. Global pandemic. Supply chain shortages. Energy crisis. And now Russia has invaded Ukraine. Hard times and heartbreak confront us all around. And it’s making some people wonder how close we’re advancing toward the End Times. In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra talk about this Bible topic that some may prefer to avoid. (It’s not exactly what most people read about for a morning devotional, right?) But, they come at it from a different angle than the typical debates about pre-this or post-that. Their conversation reveals a lot about the Jewish perspective of “the world to come,” and they share some Hebrew words that carry some hefty meaning related to the Last Days. They also mention a ton of Scriptures revealing that this whole idea of “the End Times” is not a New Testament, Christian thing. It's an Old Testament, Jewish thing.  They discuss The End Times as an Old Testament thing, not just a Christian thing How a Jewish person would define how the world ends Waiting for Messiah to come – either for the first time or again The Jewish perspective on the Book of Life and what happens “in the end” to someone ...

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March 08, 2022 00:27:48
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S2 EP6 | Purim - Beyond the Partying

“I’ll take Purim for 800, Alex.” There’s meaning to every holiday, but sometimes it gets lost behind its symbols and traditions. Listen to this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, and you might even ace a Purim category on Jeopardy. From ooos and boos, noisemakers and baked goods, to the threat of destruction and profound deliverance, Purim has it all. Join Carly and Ezra as they discuss the story, meaning and traditions of Purim – one of the most festive Jewish holidays on the calendar. You’ll hear: The Purim story, its main characters and the meaning beyond the partying What graggers are and their part in Purim celebrations What the Purim plays are all about How young the brave and noble Queen Esther may have been Why Purim is both fasting and feasting All about hamantaschen Along the Way The conversation leads to all kinds of fun facts and meaningful insights, including: • How rabbinical tradition gauges “celebrating well” • The most common Purim tradition • The saying that evolved into “the whole enchilada” • Why retelling stories is a part of so many Jewish holidays • A traditional, ancient Jewish curse (not that we endorse it) and what it has to do with Purim celebrations • The historical pattern of “intended annihilation” followed by great deliverance of the Jewish people • What “ears” have to do with Purim’s most famous baked treat • The super-surprising number of times God is mentioned in the book of Esther • God’s miraculous fingerprints all over the Purim story   Words You Might Learn in This Episode Gragger, Megillah, Megillat Esther, pur, Purim, Hadassah, chag, Chag Purim, tsum, Tsum Esther, hamantaschen, oznei Haman, mohntaschen Scriptures Referenced in This Episode Esther 3:7, Esther 7:1–6, Esther 4:14, Esther 4:15–16, Jeremiah 25:11–12, Daniel 12:11, ...

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March 01, 2022 00:31:18
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S2 EP5 | Communion: Borrowed from the Jews

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold on a second. You’re saying that communion – as in the Christian remembrance of Jesus’ death for us – is Jewish? WHAT? Some things seem distinctly Christian. And communion is one of them, right? It’s just so New Testament that how could it not be? But what if everything about the New Testament practice of communion originated from an ancient Jewish custom commanded by God? Well, that would almost be like God had some intentional plan to connect the two. Ahh, now you’re tracking! In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Ezra and Carly engage in an eye-opening conversation that you’re definitely going to want to hear. First, they share their personal stories of understanding communion from their different backgrounds. Then, they dig into: The incredible Jewish context of communion How Messianic Jews observe communion and how often How Jewish observance of Passover relates to the Christian communion Application for Christians today Along the Way You’ll learn a ton of fascinating stuff during their conversation, including: Carly’s, “Do not make a face” experience The connection between Jewish matzah and Jesus’ death A key motivation for this podcast Night, supper, bread, wine and cups – slowing down through this Scripture passage to ask “wait a minute” questions about each phrase – and the fascinating answers to them How the Jewish context provides amazing insight into the words “before” and “after” of the Last Supper account Communion is a commandment to Believers Do Coke and Doritos count? How every year, the worldwide Jewish community goes through communion without even knowing it Encouragement to Christians: Do this! (You’ll be glad you did) How we’re living in an unfinished Passover Seder Words You Might Learn in This Episode Communion, Lord’s Supper, Eucharist, yizkor, Yeshua, Seder, ...

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