Who Is My Neighbor?

The commandment to love one’s neighbor is one of the most important in the Torah. But like any other commandment, it needs some interpretation: who is your neighbor? Someone living near you? Someone in your community? Yeshua answers: even a stranger is your neighbor.

The Bad Samaritans

The shortest route from Yeshua’s home in the Galilee to the Temple in Jerusalem went through the territory of the Samaritans; however, there was bad blood between them and the Jewish people. From attacking Jewish pilgrims to defiling the Temple, Samaritans had a history of antagonizing the Jews.

Hating Your Family

Yeshua’s Missionary Discourse is full of warnings and admonitions for His disciples as they go about proclaiming the gospel. One of these admonitions is that one must hate their family. However, the word “hate” in this context has nothing to do with hatred as we normally understand it.

The Least will be Greater than John

Many readers mistakenly assume it means that the era of the Old Testament and the Law ended with John and that a believer in the New Testament dispensation of grace is greater than John, because while John belonged to the old and obsolete covenant, the Christian belongs to the new covenant.

A Seat at the Table of Abraham

Yeshua said strangers will be seated at the table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob while the "sons of the kingdom" are cast out. No replacement theology is implied. The Master’s words make room for Gentiles of faith at the table of Israel, but they do not exclude the Jewish people.

A House Built on Sand

Yeshua called for genuine repentance characterized by good works, obedience to God’s commandments, and the training of discipleship. The whole of the Sermon on the Mount functions as a fleshing out of the central message of the gospel: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

The Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount began Rabbi Yeshua’s formal education of His disciples. The Master laid out the practical applications of His gospel message: “Repent, the kingdom of heaven is near.” It’s Yeshua’s guide on how to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). It’s His prescription for the path of repentance that leads to the redemption.

Simeon and Anna waiting for Messiah

The hope of Messiah animates us and keeps us alive, sustaining us with optimism for the future and consoling us in our sorrows and suffering as it preserved and sustained old Simeon and for ancient Anna and her friends praying daily in the Temple for Jerusalem’s redemption.

You're Going to Have a Baby!

In the Bible, the story of a miraculous conception signals the divine destiny of the child. Take a look at the story. Gabriel compares the miracle of the virgin conception with the miracle of Elizabeth conceiving a son. The two miraculous conceptions balance one another.

The Sign of Silence

In Judaism, Gabriel is known as the angel of severity, but why should Zechariah be punished? Ironically, by striking Zechariah mute and deaf, the angel did give the old priest a miraculous sign, a token of verification. When Zechariah found he could no longer speak nor hear, he knew the angel's word was true.