Jesus wasn’t a blond haired blue eyed suburban teacher, but sometimes we treat him as though he was.
Through two very different lenses, Robby Gallaty, an evangelical pastor, and Evan Moffic, a Jewish rabbi, look at the Jewishness of Jesus and share how knowing Jesus original context can draw you and your church closer to God.
Their thinking will also challenge the shallow and empty faith so many Christians experience.
Welcome to Episode 172 of the podcast.
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3 Insights from This Episode
1. Understanding eastern culture helps you see the New Testament differently
The reason many Western Christians don’t appreciate the Old Testament is because they simply don’t take the time to understand it. Greater knowledge of the subtexts and cultures found throughout the first half of the Bible creates a deeper appreciation when studying the New Testament.
Robby Gallaty’s The Forgotten Jesus connects the Old and New Testament so well with a view into the eastern culture that helps readers see the New Testament through a Jewish perspective.
2. Christians and Jews believe God is everywhere and in everything
Christians and Jews share a core belief that there is one God in the universe and that He is everywhere and in everything. In his book What Every Christian Needs To Know About the Jewishness of Jesus, Evan Moffic offers great insight into how the Midrash can unpack fascinating interpretations about the Jewish teachings of Jesus. Here’s a breakdown of The Greatest Commandment:
Love the Lord with all your HEART – to love God with all desires.
Love the Lord with all your SOUL – to express love in prayer because prayer is the language of the soul.
Love the Lord with all your MIGHT – to love with all earthly resources.
3. Knowing more about the Jewishness of Jesus can help break down religious barriers
The Bible has so many parallels between Christian and Jewish faiths. As we seek to understand God and know Him, the more we will love Him and love like Him.
As leaders we’re responsible for shaping the culture as much as we can. The more Christian leaders know and share about the Jewishness of Jesus, the more bridges can be built between our religious communities.
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