Ben Zornes is joined by Dr. Timothy Edwards and they discuss the importance of understanding the Jewish culture and context of the New Testament. While you don’t need a degree in Old Testament studies, Dr. Edwards gives some great advice on a handful of things to keep in mind to help increase your understanding of the Jewish culture which will enrich your reading of the New Testament. This episode will make you want to look up all those Old Testament quotes and allusions.
- 1. Deut. 6:4-5, “Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”
- A. The foundation: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
- B. The greatest commandment: You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength
- Can you legislate love?
- C. Heart, Soul, and Strength?
- 2. Leviticus 19:17-18, “You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
- A. The second: Love your neighbour
- 3. The greatest commandments – not in conflict
- A. Mark 12:35-44 – How not to obey the greatest commandments
|1 Hear this, all peoples;
Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
2 Both low and high,
Rich and poor together.
3 My mouth shall speak wisdom,
And the meditation of my heart shall give understanding.
4 I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will disclose my dark saying on the harp.
|5 Why should I fear in the days of evil,
When the iniquity at my heels surrounds me?
6 Those who trust in their wealth
And boast in the multitude of their riches,
7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother,
Nor give to God a ransom for him—
8 For the redemption of their souls is costly,
And it shall cease forever—
9 That he should continue to live eternally,
And not see the Pit.10 For he sees wise men die;
Likewise the fool and the senseless person perish,
And leave their wealth to others.
11 Their inner thought is that their houses will last forever,
Their dwelling places to all generations;
They call their lands after their own names.
12 Nevertheless man, though in honor, does not remain;
He is like the beasts that perish.
|13 This is the way of those who are foolish,
And of their posterity who approve their sayings. Selah
14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave;
Death shall feed on them; the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning;
And their beauty shall be consumed in the grave, far from their dwelling.
15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave,
For He shall receive me. Selah16 Do not be afraid when one becomes rich,
When the glory of his house is increased;
17 For when he dies he shall carry nothing away;
His glory shall not descend after him.
18 Though while he lives he blesses himself
(For men will praise you when you do well for yourself),
19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers;
They shall never see light.
20 A man who is in honor, yet does not understand,
Is like the beasts that perish.
- Exodus 15
- Deuteronomy 33
- Judges 5
- Acts 4
- 1 Samuel 2
- Luke 1:46-55
- Ezekiel 33:30-33
- Exodus 15:14-18