Character in Context
Episode 100: Mark Part 40—The Transfiguration

Episode 100: Mark Part 40—The Transfiguration

February 26, 2021

Yeshua/Jesus takes Peter, James, and John to a mountain for different sort of proclamation—but this time the proclamation comes from the ultimate source. And what does this say about Yeshua’s mission and who we are ultimately called to listen to?

Episode 99: Mark Part 39— Mt Hermon and the Beast Kingdom/I Enoch in Context

Episode 99: Mark Part 39— Mt Hermon and the Beast Kingdom/I Enoch in Context

February 19, 2021

Just because I Enoch isn’t Scripture or written by Enoch doesn’t mean it isn’t a vital window into the first century beliefs about Genesis 6 and the introduction of evil practices into the world. What did Mt Hermon mean to first-century Jews and why did Yeshua/Jesus make sure that the big announcement about His identity happened in Caesarea Philippi, on the southern slope of this infamous mountain?

Episode 98: Mark Part 38— The Bad News is the Good News

Episode 98: Mark Part 38— The Bad News is the Good News

February 12, 2021

As far north as Yeshua/Jesus will ever travel again during His natural lifetime, it’s time for the secrets to be revealed and His mission laid out. Peter doesn’t like it and gets called Satan for his concerns. But is there more here than meets the eye? It’s our first Messianic reality check and no one liked it.

Episode 97: Mark Part 37— Healing Blindness and the Identity of the Messiah

Episode 97: Mark Part 37— Healing Blindness and the Identity of the Messiah

February 5, 2021

This is a good example of what is called an acted-out parable. The two-stage healing of blindness is the only episode in the Gospels where someone isn’t healed right away. What is this meant to tell us about our own spiritual state and why is it important to understand before the disciples head to Caesarea Philippi?

Episode 96: Mark Part 36— The Leaven of the Leadership

Episode 96: Mark Part 36— The Leaven of the Leadership

January 29, 2021

Things are heating up and Yeshua/Jesus tries to teach the disciples an important lesson—but they miss it entirely because they have their mind on temporal concerns. What exactly is the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of the Herodians and what does it mean in our own lives?

Episode 95: Mark Part 35—The Feeding of the Four Thousand…Gentiles?

Episode 95: Mark Part 35—The Feeding of the Four Thousand…Gentiles?

January 22, 2021

In a miraculous and frustrating turn of events, the Pharisees from the district of Dalmanutha demand a sign from Heaven shortly after Yeshua/Jesus feeds a mixed multitude, leaving four thousand satisfied. But can the Pharisees be satisfied?

Episode 94: Mark Part 34—Ephphrata! Psalm 135 and the Decapolis Pagans.

Episode 94: Mark Part 34—Ephphrata! Psalm 135 and the Decapolis Pagans.

January 15, 2021

There is so much more to this short little blurb than meets the eye. We’ll be talking about Psalm 135, my book Image-bearing, Idolatry and the New Creation, and two of my all-time favorite books—G K Beale’s We Become What We Worship and Richard Lints’ Identity and Idolatry. This event is enormously symbolic for the future ministry of the disciples but it is easy to miss it.

Episode 93: Mark Part 33—He Called Her Daughter a What? The Syrophonecian Dilemma.

Episode 93: Mark Part 33—He Called Her Daughter a What? The Syrophonecian Dilemma.

January 8, 2021

I don’t think anyone really enjoys reading this account. No matter who you want Yeshua/Jesus to be and what you want Him to conform to—you can’t read this without wincing and realizing that He is what He is and we can’t always predict Him. We’re going to explore history and the pseudepigraphic book of Jubilees in order to explore what I think was really going on here. If only our Savior would stay in a more comfortable box…

Episode 92: Mark Part 32—What Defiles a Man?

Episode 92: Mark Part 32—What Defiles a Man?

January 1, 2021

This is the second part of last week’s teaching, where Yeshua/Jesus lays down the difference between impurity that can and cannot be washed away. This parable is brutal and takes no prisoners.

Episode 91: Mark Part 31—All Foods Clean? Missing the Point of this Vital Teaching.

Episode 91: Mark Part 31—All Foods Clean? Missing the Point of this Vital Teaching.

December 25, 2020

It is so unfortunate that so many people on both sides have boiled this brilliant teaching down to a debate about foods being clean, and what counts as food, or even as being about food at all. It isn’t about food! This teaching begins a new phase in the ministry of the Messiah, as He is about to venture out into Gentile lands and must confront the over the top purity standards that would make it impossible for the Gospel to go forth out of Zion to the ends of the world.

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