John: A Hebraic View
John: A Hebraic View
This Fourteen Part series explores the Book of John in a Hebraic perspective. This set includes the following teachings: "Sons of God," "Under The Fig Tree," "Wedding at Cana,"
"Born Again," "Four More Months," "A Pool Called Bethesda," "Five Loaves and Two Fish," "Bread of Heaven," "Last Great Day of Festival," "Out of His Belly," "Prophet from Galilee," "Woman Caught in Adultery," "Light of the World" and "Man Born Blind from Birth"
- "Sons of God"
The expression "Sons of God" from John one looks at the concept from a Hebraic perspective. This teaching explains how sons build a house in the natural realm and how "Sons of God" build the kingdom in the spiritual realm. This teaching also provides a very practical explanation for the confusion over the Sons of God versus the Daughters of Men in Genesis.
- "Under The Fig Tree"
The expression "under his vine and fig tree" is an idiomatic expression for the Messianic kingdom. This teaching explains the kingdom from the perspective of the fig tree and discusses why this image was so important. Typically trees in Scripture represent people and in particular leaders. See how the Kings of Judah perfectly illustrate the revelation of the Kingdom through this tree.
- "Wedding at Cana"
This teaching examines the Wedding at Cana in a new light. It discusses the wedding in the context of the Shabbat and the marriage ceremony based on chapter one of John. It also suggests the location of the wedding in the context of the Temple in Jerusalem and connects the two comings of Messiah through the water and the wine.
- "Born Again"
This teaching gives an in-depth look at the Festival of the New Moon in John chapter four and shows its connection to the concept of being "born again." The Hebrew name for the festival of the new moon is Rosh Chodesh, which is also called the Festival of the Born because the moon is reborn each month. The themes of this festival reveal the spiritual condition of Israel.
- "Four More Months"
This teaching focuses on the story of the woman at the well at the time of Shavuot in John four. It explains the reason Yeshua used the expression "four more months and then the harvest" as it relates to the festivals of Shavuot and Sukkot. There is also a discussion contrasting the wheat harvest at Shavuot, and the grape harvest at Sukkot. The significance of both in terms of the redemption is revealed.
- "A Pool Called Bethesda"
This session compares the experience of the crippled man at the pool of Bethsaida who waited 38 years to be healed as he tried to enter the water, to the generation of Israel who encamped 38 years in the wilderness mostly in the location of Kadesh. There is also a discussion of the significance of the water moving based on a similar action in Genesis.
- "Five Loaves and Two Fish"
This session focuses on the significance of the various numbers as they relate to the Messianic kingdom. It examines the 5000 fed, the 5 loaves of bread, and the 2 fish, which point to the 7000-year plan of God, and the 12 loaves that are leftover. See how this ties to the leftovers which were infested with worms when eaten on the regular days of the week when Israel was in the wilderness collecting the manna.
- "Bread of Heaven"
A contrast is made between bread that comes up from the earth and manna, which comes down from heaven. This teaching links the manna with the leftovers and the double portion on the sixth day when Israel was in the wilderness in order to understand the significance of the manna in the Messianic Kingdom. The concept of the bread of heaven is also related to the resurrection of the dead.
- "Last Great Day of Festival"
The last great day of the festival in John seven is Hoshanah Rabbah or the day of the Great Salvation, which takes place on the seventh day of Sukkot. The themes of this day are connected to freedom, deliverance and salvation from all of Israel's enemies. Also discussed is the taking of the Aravah (willows), the hakafot circuits around the altar, the exalted guest and the ceremony of the rejoicing in the water drawing.
- "Out of His Belly"
This teaching reveals the significance of Yeshua's statement "out of his belly" by examining at the Gihon Spring, the main water supply for Jerusalem and the Pool of Shiloach where the ceremony of the water drawing took place at Sukkot. It ties the Holy Spirit to the actions of the High Priest as he ascended up to the Temple to pour out the water from his golden vessel onto the altar.
- "Prophet from Galilee"
The people were expecting a prophet to come like Moshe but they couldn't understand how he could come from the Galilee. This teaching explains how the area of the Galilee was prophetically important to understand the significance of the "goyim" and that even Saadia Gaon declared that the redemption would begin in the Galilee.
- "Woman Caught in Adultery"
There were specific instructions to deal with a woman caught in the act of adultery that included the "sotah," which was a ceremony for the "one who has strayed" to drink the bitter waters. There were also special instructions for dealing with a "spirit of jealousy" that came upon a husband. One problem here is that there are no witnesses to bring the accusation, no husband who is plagued with the spirit of jealousy, nor any sign of the man with whom she committed the adultery. These issues are clarified in this teaching.
- "Light of the World"
The most famous of Yeshua's declarations takes place in the Court of the Woman on Hoshanah Rabbah, the Day of the Great Salvation. A special ceremony was celebrated during sukkot that involved the lighting of this courtyard. Hear how this was associated with the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night in the camp of Israel in the wilderness. The teaching further explains a relationship to Yom Echad or One Day, which is all light and is an idiom for the Kingdom.
- "Man Born Blind from Birth"
The context for this story is Sukkot and the backdrop is the ceremony of the lighting of lampstands in the Court of the Women. It is the seventh day of the festival and a rehearsal for the Messianic Kingdom. The blind man is a picture of "every man" who is born blind because sin entered the world when Adam violated the commandments. The significance of the Pool of Siloam as the vehicle for his healing is also revealed.