Do we know why we’re here? Andrew Murray calls the church away from ‘selfish religion’… Go ye therefore and make disciples of all the nations.'  – Matt. 28:19

How terribly the Church has failed in obeying this command! How many Christians there are who never knew that there is such a command! How many who hear of it, do not in earnest set themselves to obey it! And how many seek to obey it in such way and measure as seems to them fitting and convenient. 

Edersheim's "The Later Parables" is taken from his "Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah".

(by Stephen Pollard)

As a young boy, I used to think my grandma very strange. In her bedroom she kept a suitcase, packed and ready for use at a moment’s notice. “Just in case,” she’d tell me when I asked where it was that she was always waiting to go to. “You never know when they’ll turn on the Jews.”

Her house in Northwood was epitome of suburban comfort, and I couldn’t understand what on earth she meant. Until, that is, I learned some history – including the history of the Jews. Which is, in short, that pretty much everywhere, they have turned on the Jews.

From my teens through my twenties and thirties, the fact that I am Jewish meant little to me beyond the Jonathan Miller sense of being Jew-ish. I adored beigels, matzoh balls, Seinfeld and Woody Allen more than your average gentile would think they deserved. And that was about it. If you’d asked me, I’d have told you that after the Holocaust, real, serious anti-Semitism – the sort where Jews were killed for being Jews, rather than the odd nasty comment – was a thing of the past, in civilised Europe, at least.

(By Stephen Pollard) As a young boy, I used to think my grandma very strange. In her bedroom she kept a suitcase, packed and ready for use at a moment’s notice. “Just in case,” she’d tell me when I asked where it was that she was always waiting to go to. “You never know when they’ll turn on the Jews.” Her house in Northwood was epitome of suburban comfort, and I couldn’t understand what on earth she meant. Until, that is, I learned some history – including the history of the Jews. Which is, in short, that pretty much everywhere, they have turned on the Jews. From my teens through my twenties and thirties, the fact that I am Jewish meant little to me beyond the Jonathan Miller sense of being Jew-ish. I adored beigels, matzoh balls, Seinfeld and Woody Allen more than your average gentile would think they deserved. And that was about it. If you’d asked me, I’d have told you that after the Holocaust, real, serious anti-Semitism – the sort where Jews were killed for being Jews, rather than the odd nasty comment – was a thing of the past, in civilised Europe, at least.

WEEK 1 : Dedication to Theophilus

1. SCRIPTURE

1:1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have fulfilled among us.
1:2 Just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the Lord.
1:3 Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus.
1:4 So that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

Luke 1:1-4 (NKJV) Other versions ...

WEEK 2 : The Eternal Word

1. SCRIPTURE

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1:2 He was with God in the beginning.
1:3 Through Him all things were made; and without Him nothing was made that was made.
1:4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.
1:5 The light shines in darkness but the darkness has not understood it.
1:6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John.
1:7 He came as a witness to testify concerning the light; so that through him all men might believe.
1:8 He himself was not that light; he came only as a witness to the light.
1:9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
1:10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.
1:11 He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.
1:12 Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become the children of God.
1:13 Children not born of natural descent, or of human decision nor a husband’s will, but of God.
1:14 The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
1:15 John testifies concerning Him. He cries out, saying, “This is He of who I said, ‘Her who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’”
1:16 “From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another.”
1:17 “For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Yeshua the Messiah.”
1:18 For no one has ever seen God, but God the One and only, who is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.

John 1:1-18 (NKJV) Other versions ...

WEEK 3 : The Genealogy of Yeshua

1. INTRODUCTION

Only two of the four Gospel writers give us anything about the early life of Yeshua, and that is Matthew and Luke. Mark and Yochanan skip this whole segment. Now, while both Matthew and Luke record it, they give us a different perspective. Matthew tells the story of the birth of Yeshua and the circumstances surrounding it from Yoseph’s perspective, and so he also gives us Yoseph’s genealogy. Miriam plays a very passive role in Matthew’s account. Luke, however, tells us the story from Miriam’s perspective, and so it is Miriam’s genealogy that we are given. Yoseph then plays a very passive role in Luke’s account.

Now we have two genealogies and there is a reason why we have the two. In the O.T. there were two main requirements for kingship. One was applicable to the Southern Kingdom of Judah with its capital in Jerusalem. This requirement for kingship is that the individual had to be of Davidic descent. No one that was not of Davidic descent could sit upon the throne in Israel. The second requirement for kingship was applicable to the Northern Kingdom of Israel, and that was Divine appointment or prophetic sanction. These two requirements together would insure that only one individual would sit upon the throne and rule the nation of Israel.

WEEK 5 : Yeshua’s Birth Announced to Miriam

1. SCRIPTURE

Luke 1:26-38

Lk. 1:26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city in Galilee named Nazareth,
Lk. 1:27 To a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Yoseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Miriam.
Lk. 1:28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women.”
Lk. 1:29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his sayings, and considered what manner of greeting this was.
Lk. 1:30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Miriam, for you have found favor with God.”
Lk. 1:31 “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Yeshua.”
Lk. 1:32 “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.”
Lk. 1:33 “And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end.”
Lk. 1:34 Then Miriam said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
Lk. 1:35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”
Lk. 1:36 “Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who is called barren.”
Lk. 1:37 “For with God nothing is impossible.”
Lk. 1:38 Then Miriam said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Luke 1:26-38 (NKJV) Other versions ...

WEEK 6 : Miriam Visits Elizabeth

1. SCRIPTURE

Luke 1:39-45

Lk. 1:39 Now Miriam arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah.
Lk. 1:40 And entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.
Lk. 1:41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Miriam, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Lk. 1:42 The she spoke with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!”
Lk. 1:43 “But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”
Lk. 1:44 “For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.”
Lk. 1:45 “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be fulfillment of those things which were told to her from the Lord.”

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