A Jew and a Gentile Discuss

One is Jewish. One is Gentile. Both believe in Jesus. Join us as we discuss life, faith, prophecy, current events and more. Discover surprising insights and amazing things God is doing around the world.

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October 11, 2022 00:34:59
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S3 EP4 | "But He Doesn’t Look Jewish"

In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Ezra tells the fascinating story of his first encounter with a “Lost Tribe” community in Zimbabwe and the intriguing conversation he had with them. Carly and Ezra discuss scriptural references confirming the concept of “the Lost Tribes” today and encourage both Christian and Jewish listeners to be open-minded about Jewish people who don’t look like what you’re familiar with. They also talk about: What the term “Lost Tribes” means, and where it came from Are the “Lost Tribes” legitimate? How Ezra came to understand there are Jewish people scattered around the world living apart from mainstream Judaism What all this means for Christians today Along the Way The conversation also reveals: Why Ezra has a problem with the term “Lost Tribes” and the word he prefers What the Bible has to say about God regathering the people of Israel, and how that idea intersects with the “Lost Tribes of Israel” An Ethiopian Jewish saying that’s been passed down through the generations for centuries What the Lemba called themselves instead of “Jewish” “Think again” challenges for both Christian and Jewish listeners Words You Might Learn in This Episode Kush, “stretch out His hand,” banner, Am Yisrael, Yeshua, Ashkenazi, Misrahi, Sephardic, Shabbat, Beta Israel, kippah, yarmulke, hermeneutics, aliyah Scriptures Referenced in This Episode Ezekiel 11:16–17, Jeremiah 32:37, Isaiah 11:11–12, Zephaniah 3:10 Previous Episodes Mentioned S1 E27, Lost Tribes: Reality or Wishful Thinking? S1 E8, Indigenous Jewish Ministry, with Troy Wallace   Hey, thanks for listening!   Other Resources for You Enter to win free coffee: www.ajewandagentilediscuss.org, Learn more about Lost Tribes Coffee Co.: www.losttribescoffee.co Consider financially supporting the podcast: www.jewishvoice.org/donate/wem/what-you-hear Ask a question, give us feedback: www.ajewandagentilediscuss.org/contact/ Subscribe: Wherever you get your podcasts Social media: Find us under the handle A Jew and A Gentile ...

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October 04, 2022 00:27:13
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S3 EP3 | Why Christians Should Pray for Jerusalem

If you’ve been around Christian circles that talk about Israel much, you’ve probably heard the Scripture verse today’s episode is based on. In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra talk about Psalm 122:6, where David gives the directive to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. They discuss what that really means, why we should do it and some practical ways to pray.   The conversation includes such things as: Bumper sticker sayings about supporting Israel – what do they mean Reasons to focus our prayers on Jerusalem The context and meaning behind “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” But wait – Jerusalem is anything but a City of Peace today! Is this verse specifically about Jerusalem, or does it include all of Israel? Along the Way Along the way, you’ll hear a lot of meaningful and interesting thoughts, including: Psalm 122 is a Psalm of Ascent and what that means The meaning of Jerusalem’s God-given name How the Lord’s Prayer ties in with Psalm 122:6’s directive to pray for the peace of Jerusalem If this issue is important, does that make other issues unimportant? God has a heart and soul and feelings Ezra’s moving experience at the Temple Mount’s Western Wall The Ethiopian Jewish community’s saying that speaks of the innate love for Jerusalem Plus: A really practical idea to help inspire prayers for far-away Jerusalem and Israel The destiny of Jerusalem that adds an essential factor to praying for her Words You Might Learn in This Episode Yerushalayim, shalu shalom Yerushalayim, evino shabashmim, shalom, Sar Shalom, Yeshua, Zion, ekklesia   Scriptures Referenced in This Episode Psalm 122, Genesis 12:3, Matthew 6:9–13, Zechariah 14:8–9, Ezekiel 38 and 39, Psalm 83, Genesis 15:18, Genesis 17:8, Psalm 105:8–11, Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 23:39, Jeremiah 29:7, Jeremiah 29:10, 2 Kings ...

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September 27, 2022 00:32:52
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S3 EP2 | What Covenant Am I Under?

In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Ezra and Carly discuss various covenants of the Bible and how they relate to Jewish people and Christians. You’ll learn: What a covenant is Six primary covenants of the Bible: Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic and New Covenants How these covenants build upon one another and without them, the New Covenant would mean something different A Christian perspective of “New Covenant” vs. “New Testament” Is the New Covenant only for Christians? Practical takeaways for Christians and Jews Along the Way Along the way, you’ll also learn: A pyramid illustration of the covenants Where the word Semitic comes from God makes covenants and promises in response to faith Why God delivered the Israelites from slavery to Egypt Why it isn’t enough, as a Christian, to only read the New Testament The Old Testament prophesied about the coming of a New Covenant Two things the enemy of God wants to accomplish among Believers in Jesus   Words You Might Learn in This Episode Zehra, Yeshua ben David   Scriptures Referenced in This Episode Genesis 3:18–19, Genesis 3:15, Genesis 6:6, Genesis 6:5–14, Genesis 8:21, Genesis 9:18–17, Genesis 9:18–19, Genesis 1:1–3, Exodus 14:13–31, 2 Samuel 7:16, Mark 10:47, Genesis 17:20, Matthew 26:26–29, Jeremiah 31:31–33, Romans 11:17–24, Isaiah 49:6, Acts 13:47, John 3:16, Ephesians 6:11, Zechariah 14:8–9, Matthew 23:29, Matthew 5:18   Previous Episodes Mentioned S3 E1 – Was Adam Jewish? S1 E30 – The Difference Between Passover and Easter S1 E32 – Passover and Easter Foods Explained S1 E33 – Holy Week from a Jewish Perspective S1 E36 – Problems with the Church Replacing Israel S1 E37 – Does the Bible Say the Church Is the New Israel? S1 E2 – Misconceptions Jews Have About Christians S1 E23 – Jonathan Bernis’ Story S1 E 24 – Jonathan Bernis’ Story Continued   Thanks for listening! Other Resources ...

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September 20, 2022 00:31:41
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S3 EP1 | Was Adam Jewish?

If Adam is the father of all people, does Judaism go all the way back to him? Where did the Jewish people begin? In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra answer the listener question, “Was Adam Jewish?” Spoiler Alert: The answer is “no,” but listen in because there’s a lot of interesting and insightful stuff in this episode about Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael and Jacob and Esau. Plus, you’ll find some great takeaways for your personal relationship with God. Ezra and Carly discuss: Who the first Jewish person was The first biblical use of the word “Hebrew” What “Hebrew” actually means Is “Jewish” a race, a heritage, or a religion? Why only one of Abraham’s sons is Jewish If Adam wasn’t Jewish, what do the Jewish people have to do with Adam? Along the Way Along the way, you’ll also learn about: Where the word Jewish came from What made Abraham a Hebrew Abraham’s obedience to the voice of God God’s reward of Abraham’s faith Did God “hate” Esau? Blessing Israel in no way means vilifying or not loving Arab people Plus some great personal takeaways about Faith and obedience God’s blessings in our lives and Sometimes God has to “change our identity” before He can release His blessings Words and Meanings You Might Learn in This Episode “In Adam,” l’dor v’dor, Torah, Judah, Ibrit, brit, Brit Kodesh, Bet El, Jewish Believer, Yeshua, zehra, Ismael, Yitzhak, Bereshit, Rivka, Yaakov, Israel Scriptures Referenced in This Episode Genesis 14:13, Genesis 12:2, Genesis 17:17–20, Genesis 25, Malachi 1:2–3, Romans 9:13, Genesis 32:28, 1 Corinthians 15:22, Romans 5:12–20, Deuteronomy 9:5–6, Hebrews 9:13–14, 10:14, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23, John 1:29, Matthew 15:24, Romans 10:13, Joel 2:32 Previous Episodes Mentioned S1 E2 | Misconceptions Jews Have About Christians S1 E14 | Israel: A Little ...

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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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