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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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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May 11, 2021 00:27:49
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S1 EP38 | Pentecost – Obscure Christian Holiday or Major Jewish Feast?

Pentecost? Is that the thing in Acts chapter 2 with the rushing wind, the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues?   Well, they’re not going to debate the subject of speaking in tongues, but they are revealing some pretty cool things about how the day of Pentecost – when God gave the Holy Spirit – relates to the Jewish Feast of Shavuot.   Whether you’re Jewish or Gentile, there are things in today’s episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss that you probably didn’t know. They cover:  What the word Pentecost means  Why Pentecost is undercelebrated  What Shavuot is and how it’s observed today  How Pentecost and the Jewish Feast of Shavuot are related  Thoughts about Christians celebrating Shavuot  Along the way, you’ll learn other tidbits like:  Carly’s memories of Pentecost growing up  How Ezra and his wife observe Shavuot  The agricultural side of Shavuot  What Shavuot has to do with Mount Sinai  The difference the Temple – or lack thereof – has made on Shavuot observance  Fascinating parallels found between Shavuot and Christianity  Invitation vs. obligation  ...

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May 04, 2021 00:41:11
S1 EP37 | Does the Bible Say the Church Has Replaced Israel?

S1 EP37 | Does the Bible Say the Church Has Replaced Israel?

Here we all are, just trying to love God, study the Bible and understand His Word, right? Then – bam – people come up with vastly different interpretations about what it says. Some disagreements may be over small matters. Then others, well, they can have a huge impact on our understanding of really significant things.   In this episode of A Jew and A Gentile Discuss, Carly and Ezra take a look at three key Scriptures that are often taken out of context to support the incorrect idea of Replacement Theology:   Matthew 21:43, which says that the kingdom of Heaven will be taken away from those who don’t bear fruit and given to those who do  Romans 1:16, about the Gospel being “to the Jew first,” which some say reflects nothing more than Paul’s preaching schedule  Luke 21:24, which speaks of Jerusalem being trampled by the Gentiles   By digging into the fuller context of these verses, you’ll see why Replacement Theology is actually not biblical.  Along the way  Intermingled throughout the conversation, you’ll also learn:  A refresher of what Replacement Theology is  The different God-ordained roles of Jewish Believers and Christians  How Replacement Theology plays out today  Encouragement concerning what to do if you hear Replacement Theology from your church  The importance of context when studying Scripture ...

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