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JohnFriday, May 20, 2022

John

Mary of Bethany's Anointing

Providing a guest with oil for anointing was common in Yeshua's time. Pouring an entire flask of nard, however, was out of the ordinary. By this gesture, Mary of Bethany expressed deep religious devotion; she may have also hinted that she was available for marriage.

Providing a guest with oil for anointing was common in Yeshua's time. Pouring an entire flask of nard, however, was out of the ordinary. By this gesture, Mary of Bethany expressed deep religious devotion; she may have also hinted that she was available for marriage.

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Who Has Believed Our Report?

The author of the Gospel of John laments the rejection of Yeshua by the Jewish people; though many believed Him, most of them did not. However, he also knew that this rejection was a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. As Isaiah wrote, “Who has believed our report?”


Sheep and Goats

The image of Yeshua separating the sheep from the goats is familiar to all Gospel readers, but the criteria on which Yeshua decides who is a sheep and who is a goat are often overlooked: the sheep act on behalf of the disenfranchised, and the goats do not.


Birth Pangs of the Messiah

The rabbis taught that before Messiah comes, the world would experience tribulation, like the travail of a woman about to give birth. Yeshua referenced this idea when He told His disciples that wars and natural disasters were only the beginnings of these birth pangs; they do not signify that the end has come.


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