20 Ways to Read Yeshua’s Life

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#5 Read habitually in a recurring cycle, which imitates discipleship.

Disciples were with Yeshua often. The call to a disciple was, “Follow me.” They heard Yeshua’s words again and again in different contexts. The way we can imitate this repeated exposure to his words now is to read daily, habitually, and cyclically. Mark 4:10 shows that nearness to Yeshua was key, “When he was alone, the men that were with him approached with the twelve and asked him about the parable.” Peter’s saying in John 6:68 further this theme, “My master, to whom will we go? The words of eternal life are with you.” My practice is to read the gospels with the Torah cycle (Matthew during Genesis, Mark during Exodus, Luke during Leviticus, John during Numbers, and Acts during Deuteronomy).

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3 Responses to 20 Ways to Read Yeshua’s Life

  1. Leonardo says:

    Jesus Christ Is Israel
    It is written:
    Hosea 11:1
    When Israel was a youth I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My Son.
    Matthew 2:14, 15
    And he arose and took the Child and His mother by night, and departed for Egypt;
    and was there until the death of Herod, that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, “Out of Egypt did I call My Son.”
    As Jesus is the true Israel according to Scripture, He is also the true seed of Abraham for it is also written in the Scriptures:
    Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. [8] And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” – Galatians 3:7,8 (ESV)
    and as Jesus is the true Israel and Seed of Abraham, the promises of God were made not to natural Israel, but to Abraham and to Christ, for again it is written in the Scriptures:

    Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ. – Galatians 3:16 (ESV).

    There is one plan of redemption throughout history, by faith in Christ, the faith of Abraham, for it is also written in Scripture:

    For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. [28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. [29] And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. –Galatians 3:27-29 (ESV)

    Thus there is only one true Israel, Jesus Christ, and none other; one redemptive plan of salvation throughout all history; one Gospel; one people of God –the Church, the Israel of God-by faith having been united to Jesus Christ, the true Israel and made heirs according to the promise of God.

    For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. – 2 Corinthians. 1:20 (ESV) [emphasis mine].

  2. Derek Leman says:

    Leonardo:

    I left your comment up here, avoiding the delete option, merely to make a point. Your comment represents the worst of two things: (a) Christian supersessionism and (b) the world of blogdom and the kinds of uninformed commenters who feel empowered to add their two cents.

    First, regarding (a), I would get into a proof-texting battle with you (such as mentioning Romans 11:2), but I know your type. You will continue commenting with long strings of Bible verses which are supposed to prove your point, but which you interpret only superficially and with little effort in understanding the context and how these verses fit into the entire canon.

    Second, regarding (b), I so wish uninformed people like yourself would resist the urge to hit the “enter” button and post comments that represent pretty much zero time invested in studying an issue. I actually had to approve your comment since you had not commented here before. If you come back with more of the same, I assure you, your comment will last only as long as it takes me to get back to the computer and delete you.

    On the other hand, if you were to come back with a more humble approach, and perhaps want to know why I think your comment horribly under-informed, I’d be glad to dialogue. I’m not holding my breath.

    Meanwhile, you might check this link for some articles if you care to learn why supersessionism is a terrible way to read the Bible:

    http://www.messianicjudaism.me/musings/supersessionism/

    Derek Leman

  3. Derek Leman says:

    Everyone:

    For fun, let me pick apart the arguments Leonardo has set forth.

    Re: Matt 2:15. It is only if we insist on taking scriptural allusions and analogies with a sort of wooden literalism that we would believe either that Hosea 11:1 was a prophecy about Jesus or that Matthew 2:15 is somehow changing the meaning of Hosea 11:1.

    Re: Galatians 3:7-8. The commenter has the idea that because God made a promise to gentiles in Genesis 12:3 (“nations will be blessed”) that there is no promise to Israel. Hmm, it seems Genesis 12:1-3 has a lot to say to the Jewish people AND to the world.

    Re: Galatians 3:16. The commenter completely misses that Paul is using the fact of “seed” being a collective plural. He has completely missed the form of argument Paul is using here. The point is, “and to your seed (offspring)” means both the Jewish people (the plural meaning) and Jesus (the singular meaning).

    Re: Galatians 3:27-29. Simply one way to show the commenter has not thought deeply about this: Paul says no more male or female in Christ. By the commenter’s faulty method of interpretation, this should eliminate men’s and women’s restrooms and make same-sex marriage a Christian belief.

    Re: 2 Cor 1:20. I think the commenter is taking this to mean all promises to Israel are now about Christ and Christians. But if God’s promises are all yes in Christ, I would guess he plans on keeping his promises to Israel and doing so in Christ.

    Derek Leman

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