Episode 116 – Rabbis and Disciples Pt 1: Laying the Foundation

One of the biggest mistakes followers of Jesus can make is believing they have Jesus figured out. How do we resist the temptation to become too familiar with him? We believe one of the main answers is found in understanding that Jesus came as a Jewish Rabbi (or Sage). In this new mini-series Rabbis and Disciples, we’ll explore why this matters so much, and how understanding it can transform us into more effective disciples. But first, we must start by familiarizing ourselves with key aspects of the first-century world that help shed significant light on Jesus’s life and ministry.

Discussion Questions

  • What was your biggest takeaway from the teaching? 
  • In calling Jesus, “rabbi” instead of “Lord” in Matthew 26, Judas was essentially telling Jesus, “I respect you as a teacher, but you don’t get to tell me how to live my life.” What are some of the ways we can be guilty of this same thing? 
  • How does translating the word Torah as “God’s teachings and instructions for life” instead of “law” change your understanding and appreciation of the Hebrew Scriptures? 
  • Having listened to the episode, how would you describe the difference between the Torah, the Mishnah, and the Talmud? Why is it important to know about this Jewish Literature? 
  • How will you begin living out the truths of this teaching this week?  

For Further Study

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2 COMMENTS

  1. OH THAT I WOULD HAVE HAD THIS 60 YEARS AGO!
    BUT THAT WAS NOT IN YEHOVAHS PLAN AND YET AT 82 I GET TO SEE AND HEAR PART OF THE MYSTERY BEING REVEALED.
    THANK YEHOVAH THAT YOU FOLLOWED HIS URGING!
    Should we not see the destruction of the HOUSE as YEHOVAHS method of making the Jews move into the world, “Go ye into all the world”, which they didn’t want to, so they on purpose of or by accidental living present the Kingdom of YEHOVAH to the world?

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