Last week Chris kicked off our series with a look into the book of Matthew and its message to a Jewish audience. We continue our study of the Gospels this week with Mark. With only 16 chapters, this shortest Gospel was ignored throughout history. Many thought it didn’t matter compared to Matthew, Luke, and John. But the book has such a special point of view to offer! Though Mark was not an eyewitness of Jesus’ ministry, he worked closely with one of the 12 apostles. As a result, this book looks at the life of Jesus through accounts from a close perspective. Unlike the book of Matthew, Mark was written to the Roman believers who were being persecuted under Nero’s rule. Just as Jesus came as a suffering servant, we need to be ready to suffer and serve, too. There is a great price to be paid to be a disciple of Jesus, and Mark encourages his readers to follow the servant King no matter the cost. We hope Mark’s message inspires you today!
This week we’ll give you an in-depth look at Matthew as we begin to rebroadcast our series “The Gospels Speak to Everyone.” Matthew didn’t look like a typical follower of Jesus. He was a Jewish tax collector who was considered a traitor by his people. Yet Jesus used this man to reach a Jewish audience in need of the good news about the Messiah. With 129 references from 25 Old Testament books, Matthew let the Hebrew Scriptures speak for themselves as a witness to Jesus. His words comforted Jewish believers being persecuted by Pharisees and the Roman Empire. Above all, Matthew shared the glorious news of Christ’s mission to save people from sin and the peace that He provides for those who believe in Him. Matthew’s message encourages not only the Jewish believers of his time but also believers today. We pray you’ll feel the peace that God provides this week.
We hope you enjoy this week’s broadcast from our two-part series “Israel’s Redeemer Repairs Our World” from one of our past annual prophecy conferences. You’ll hear from Chris as he digs into Psalm 122 and speaks about the peace of Jerusalem from angles you may have never considered. Did you know that when you pray for the peace of Jerusalem, you’re praying for the peace of the whole world? God’s chosen nation of Israel is the central hub of His restorative plan, but through the city of Jerusalem, His redemption will reach the entire world! Because of this, we can look to the future with hope that instead of facing God’s judgment, we can stand before Him blameless and free from sin. Listen and learn the true beauty of our salvation, our unseen hope, the all-inclusive nature of the Kingdom of God, and our responsibilities as messengers of peace to the world. We hope you’ll gain a greater understanding of the big picture of God’s plan for humanity through this broadcast!
We’re sharing with you a special two-part series from one of our annual prophecy conferences here at The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry. Chris shared, “Israel’s Redeemer Repairs Our World” and we hope you’ll be encouraged. Read this paragraph Chris shares with the audience: Our world is ruined. It’s been ruined by the curse of sin that infected every aspect of God’s creation. Since Genesis 3 the corruption of sin has had a firm grip on the physical realm of God’s creation; the actual earth, cosmos, and all mankind are rife with disunity, disorder, and chaos, from a molecular to macro level. Even more, the plight of sin severed our relationship with the Creator Himself. Our world and everything in it must be repaired from the devastation sin has wreaked upon it. It must be made new so that God might have that unbroken, uninterrupted relationship He so longs for with His creation. Shalom must be restored to His creation, and He will accomplish this through His Son, the Lord Jesus, the Messiah of Israel. Chris will share: The Sighs of Sin, the Surety of Shalom (Romans 8:18–25) The big picture is that all of God’s creation will find restoration and resurrection in the work of Jesus Christ.
Did you know that the church has had a sad history when it comes to the treatment of the Jewish people? Even in the first few centuries after Jesus died, church leaders and other Christians were calling the Jewish people “Christ killers” and other untrue and terrible terms. They were teaching that Israel failed at God’s plan because they rejected Jesus and that God replaced them completely with the church. This week we welcome pastor and professor Dr. Bill Krewson to the program to talk about a book he has written on a popular church scholar that lived 1700 years ago, Saint Jerome. We’ll hear how Jerome was reaching out to the Jewish people in the midst of this hard time in history when the normal teachings of the day concerning the Jewish people were anti-Semitic.
We’ve selected a favorite past-episode to air this week. We hope you enjoy! There is something here on The Friends of Israel Today radio program that we strive for: to explain the Scriptures in their original context. What does that mean exactly? Well, we want to take each listener back to when the Bible was written and explain the customs and cultures. That is why today we’re going to look at Jewish marriage traditions in the times of the Bible. The Bible uses the picture of marriage all throughout Scripture. And Jesus gets very specific when He talks about His bride, the church. Chris takes us through the process of a man and a woman becoming husband and wife in the times of Jesus. It was not quick, it was not easy, and it was not cheap. The parallels of Jesus and His love for us as believers will leave you in awe of God’s details and excited for our Savior’s return. If we simply try to understand Jesus’ words to us through our Western-world lens, we will miss so many details. We hope you are encouraged this week.
If you’re like us here at The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, when you go or hope of going to Israel you want to spend time walking where Jesus walked and learning all you can about Jewish culture and customs. But have you ever thought about what it is like to live in Israel? This week we are taking a deeper look into our most recent issue of Israel My Glory magazine. We’re talking to Meno Kalisher, Zvi Kalisher’s son who is the pastor of a congregation in Jerusalem.Meno will share what it’s like being a believer in Jesus living in Israel. We think you’ll be surprised at what Meno shares about the hardships but also the joy living in the Holy Land. We’ll also learn about Christians in the Israeli military as well as Christians uniting throughout Israel in the name of Jesus. Please be praying for our Christian brothers and sisters in Christ as they are living and walking where Jesus walked!
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