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Bridges to Maturity

It is an unfortunate result of protestant-Messianic Judaism to continue protesting everything, that shock-and-awe tactics sometimes are the defacto standard of apologetics when discussing what we believe. The question is raised, is this appropriate with just anyone?

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Understanding Matt 21:19, and Mark 11:14 (A Cursed Fig Tree)

Understanding Yeshua cursing the fig tree requires one to read about Adam and Eve and the fig leaves they covered themselves with, and to understand how the Jewish idiom of “studying under the fig tree” means to study about the Messiah. To study about the Messiah and not obey him, is the reason the Messiah cursed the fruitless, leaf-only fig tree – even though it was out of season.

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Parsha Mishpatim

Ordinances and judgments, Adam and Eve, King Messiah, and this World and the World to Come. One without Messiah is destined to be separated from the light. One with Messiah is destined to inherit the World to Come.

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Understanding Luke 16:16-17 (The Law Until John)

If one realizes that prophecy is simply the speaking of G-d to man through men, then it’s not the Law that ceases, but rather G-d’s prophecy, and specifically only that which John prophesied concerning the Kingdom of G-d – the Messiah. In short, the need for prophecy concerning who the Messiah is what ceases because the Messiah (the Kingdom of G-d) has now come.

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Understanding Acts 10:9-19 (Peter’s Vision of the Unclean and Clean Animals; and Parasha Tazria)

A Jewish understanding of Peter’s vision of the sheet with both clean and unclean animals, where he is told to “rise, kill, and eat,” with an explanation derived from an understanding of parasha Tazria. The key to understanding the vision is knowing the difference between tamai and tahor, and akathartos and koinos. The vision is not about making unclean animals, like a pig, clean. On the contrary, it’s about making clean animals (gentiles) that became defiled with contact with unclean animals (idolatry), clean again (by faith in Messiah Yeshua).

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Understanding Matt 5:21-25 (Raca, Fool, Murder; and Parasha Mishpatim)

An understanding of Matthew 5:21-25 derived from Parasha Mishpatim, and why Messiah Yeshua teaches that calling someone “raca” is liable to the Sanhedrin, and why one calling someone a “fool” is in danger of the fire of hell.

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Messianic Targum Galatians

A complete Messianic commentary on Paul’s letter to the Galatians in a Targum format where insertions are added which clarify known contexts.

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Understanding Romans 7 (Dead to the Law, Married to Messiah)

How to understand Romans 7 from a Jewish, Hebraic, perspective. The Torah is spiritual, and Messiah is the Living Torah.

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Understanding Acts 15:23-29 (The Four Prohibitions)

Much of Acts 15, like much of the Acronim Ketuvim, is best understood in context. It is not a maximum list of prohibitions for believers from the nations, but rather is a minimum list with which converts to Judaism need to start with in order to participate in any Jewish community.

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