A Jew and a Gentile Discuss

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June 22, 2021 00:33:24
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S1 EP44 | What’s Happening in Israel?

You might have heard about a bunch of crazy chaos going on over in Israel last month. But maybe you don’t really know what it’s about. Well, in May of 2021, Israel and Hamas in Gaza went head to head for 11 intense days. Incessant rocket fire from Gaza and responding airstrikes from Israel exacted a heavy toll on Palestinians and Israelis. Why the sudden flare-up? What started it all? What really happened in those 11 days? What does it even mean, and why should we care? In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra explore the conflict as best they can to give you clarity on matters not fully communicated in the news. Along the way, they outline the events of this recent battle between Israel and Gaza, talk about extremists and peace, and stress the emphatic need for prayer.  ◦◦◦  Do you like what you hear? Follow and engage with us on social media under the handle A Jew and A Gentile Discuss. Subscribe to A Jew and A Gentile Discuss wherever you get your podcasts, and leave a review to spread the word. Share the podcast with people you know and please consider supporting the podcast with a financial gift to keep the conversations going. We’d love to hear from you. Stop by our website to leave a comment or submit a question. And don’t forget to enter to win a free bag of Lost Tribes Coffee Co. coffee in our monthly giveaway. This podcast is a production of Jewish Voice Ministries International. ...

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June 15, 2021 00:36:59
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S1 EP43 | Shema Israel – Jewish Problems with the Trinity

Get ready for an exciting, eye-opening episode! Carly and Ezra talk with Rabbi Troy Wallace, Vice President of Congregation and Leadership Development at Jewish Voice Ministries. They discuss some fascinating expressions of the Trinity found throughout the entire Bible. Troy shares loads of Scriptures, so you’ll want to be sure to look them all up to see how amazing the God of Israel is as He reveals Himself. In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, the three discuss: What “the Trinity” means Why the Trinity is a fundamental problem for Jewish people How Jewish people understand the Spirit of God mentioned in the Creation story Appearances of Jesus in the Hebrew Scriptures Tips for discussing the Trinity with Jewish friends and family Along the way Additional things you’ll learn, highlights, things discussed: How the Hebrew word echad often means a “compound unity” rather than a single item That the word “Trinity” isn’t in the Bible How the problem Jewish people have with the Trinity is a by-product of the false division that arose between Judaism and Christianity early on That New Testament writers speak of each member of the Trinity while also driving home the point of one God Many examples of Israel’s forefathers experiencing God in the form of a man The fascinating account of Abraham’s visit with God The religious leaders of Jesus’ day thought they were obeying the Torah when they picked up stones against Him Encouragement to Jewish listeners to set aside one assumption and Christian listeners to set aside another. There’s a lot more going on in the Scriptures that’s there to see Words you might learn in this episode Shema Israel, echad, Malach Adonai, Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey (YHWH, or Yahweh), ruach/Ruach, devar, synoptic gospels, vay yerah Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey, adam (man)   Scriptures ...

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June 08, 2021 00:36:33
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S1 EP42 | Top 5 Jewish Objections to Jesus

It’s no secret: Jewish people – most of them anyway – don’t believe Jesus is the Messiah. But what are the fundamental Jewish objections to the idea that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah promised in the Hebrew Scriptures? In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra dig into the Bible to dispel misunderstandings and answer the difficulties Jewish people have with Jesus. They show you that encountering objections from your Jewish friends or family doesn’t have to be the end of the conversation. This episode is loaded with Scripture to help you continue the discussion. They cover what they consider to be the Top 5 Jewish objections to Jesus: Jesus is for Gentiles, not Jews If Jesus is the Messiah, why is there no peace on Earth? Isaiah 53 is about Israel, not Jesus Jews believe in one God, but Christians believe in three God alone is our Savior, so we don’t need Jesus Along the way, you’ll learn: A crucial precursor to talking to a Jewish person about Jesus A common mistake Christians make that actually reinforces a serious Jewish misunderstanding How to engage in a vastly different conversation than most Jewish people have ever had with a Christian Two Messiahs or two manifestations? The importance of understanding the difference between Messiah ben David and Messiah ben Joseph Two kinds of peace, and the one the Messiah had to bring first Why Isaiah 53 can’t be about Israel The difference between three Gods and three expressions of Him Evidence of the Trinity in the Hebrew Scriptures Ezra urges that if you get only one thing from this episode, get this: As a Gentile, you’re not there to invite a Jewish person to convert to another religion and ...

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June 01, 2021 00:43:12
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S1 EP41 | How to Share Jesus with a Jewish Friend – Awkward but Important

Yeah, it can be uncomfortable. Intimidating? Maybe. Awkward? Probably. But seriously, it’s super important. Like, eternity-important. So, Ezra and Carly are here to help you understand some things that will make talking about Jesus with a Jewish friend easier for you and more meaningful for your friend. In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, they talk about: The misconception that Jews don’t need Jesus Where to start when it comes to talking with a Jewish friend about Jesus Sharing the Gospel in the context of the Jewish Bible Words that will likely be misunderstood and terminology to use to help make the connection Sharing your faith testimony – is that good, relevant or what? Praying about the person and the conversation Along the way During the conversation, they share indispensable information about: An even bigger misconception that Jews don’t need a Redeemer The Jewish mindset given there is no Temple to carry out the biblically prescribed method of atonement Encouragement to dig into the Bible and discover some of the many other Messianic prophecies What’s even more important than being sensitive to terminology A challenge Ezra gives – try it for a week and see what happens Words you might learn in this episode Ben Adam, Tanakh, Yeshua, Yeshu, mitzvah Scriptures referenced in this episode Genesis 3:15, Genesis 1–3, Romans 1:16, Deuteronomy 18:15, Acts 3:22, Isaiah chapter 53, Daniel 9:26, Revelation 12:11, Matthew 15:28, Luke 24:27, Haggai 2:7, Romans 11:25–26 ◦◦◦ You Could Win a Free Bag of Ethiopian Coffee Enter our monthly drawing at www.ajewandagentilediscuss.org, and you could win a free bag of some of the finest Ethiopian coffee in the world from Lost Tribes Coffee Co. Do you like what you hear? You know, the only way we can continue providing these engaging conversations ...

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May 25, 2021 00:39:40
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S1 EP40 | Staying Jewish – Love and Marriage

Marriage. You become one with your spouse, but you each bring your own heritage, traditions, beliefs and faith into the relationship. How do you work out the differences and choose a unified path together? In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra dive into the subject of marriage with special guests Rabbi Joshua and Monique Brumbach, who are both Jewish Believers in Jesus and choosing to live a committed Jewish family life. Rabbi Joshua leads a Messianic Jewish congregation in the L.A. area, and Monique is the executive director of an international network of Messianic Jewish congregations. Together, they share about: What the idea of “from generation to generation” means to them Their understanding of the Bible’s instruction about intermarrying Complexities of intermarried couples, with one spouse Jewish and one Gentile Helpful advice to listeners in or considering a mixed marriage And on the personal side, you’ll hear a bit about their: Jewish upbringing and how they accepted Jesus as the Messiah Dating experiences and how they met, and An interesting situation involving frozen shrimp Along the way Throughout this practical and often humorous conversation, you’ll also learn about: The concept of a covenantal identity given to Jewish people God’s call for them to a “weird way of life” and its importance Pressures Jewish Believers face from both Christians and Jews around them How the perception of something Jewish to begin with (faith in Jesus) changed so dramatically The “Jesus line” Intermarrying in the Bible, and Gentile women who committed themselves to the Jewish people How differences you think don’t matter before you get married can become conflicts later How Jewishness tends to become more important as you progress through life, not less  Words you might learn in this episode L’dor v’dor, haderech, mohel, ...

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May 18, 2021 00:35:00
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S1 EP39 | Compelled to Dwell – Moving Back to Israel Today

Maybe you’ve heard about it, maybe not. It’s called “aliyah,” and Jewish people from all over the world are doing it. What’s up with that?  Immigration is nothing new. Some people shift about the world, permanently making a new country their home. But there’s something unique about immigration to Israel. In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra fill you in on the fascinating phenomenon of aliyah, Jewish immigration to Israel. They discuss: What the Hebrew word aliyah means and where the concept came from How aliyah is related to biblical references to God scattering the Jewish people Qualifications for immigration to Israel If Jewish believers in Jesus can immigrate to Israel Where Jewish people are coming from to make Israel their home If non-Jewish people who love Israel can immigrate there Why it’s important for listeners to understand and care about aliyah Along the way As they discuss, Ezra shares interesting details and sidenotes that give you a fuller understanding of all things aliyah, including: Wait, what? Israel doesn’t have a constitution? What going to the ancient Temple and reading a Torah passage in synagogue today have in common God’s faithfulness to His covenant and promises The job descriptions of the prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah How a person’s Jewishness is determined for immigration to Israel Israel’s Supreme Court and their involvement in aliyah decisions A curious aspect about the Israeli definition of “missionary” Why Orthodox Jews consider Messianic Jews a threat Words you might learn in this episode Aliyah, “the Jewish State,” Zionist leaders, parashiot, parasha, “making aliyah,” diaspora, Messianic Jews, olim Scriptures referenced in this episode Genesis 17:8, Genesis 26:1–6, Genesis 28:10–15, 2 Timothy 2:13, Jeremiah 29:14   ◦◦◦   Want more discussions? You can subscribe to A Jew and A Gentile Discuss wherever you get your ...

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