First Fruits of Zion Staff

First Fruits of Zion Staff
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First Fruits of Zion specializes in the study and teaching of Scripture from its historical, linguistic, and cultural context. Using the latest scholarship, ancient Jewish sources, and extra-biblical literature, we present a Messianic Jewish reading of the Bible and early Jewish-Christianity. We do this by publishing books, ebooks, magazines, journals, study programs, audio and audio-visual resources, and presenting new material through seminars, conferences, and guided Israel tours. First Fruits of Zion specializes in the study and teaching of Scripture from its historical, linguistic, and cultural context. Using the latest scholarship, ancient Jewish sources, and extra-biblical literature, we present a Messianic Jewish reading of the Bible and early Jewish-Christianity. We do this by publishing books, ebooks, magazines, journals, study programs, audio and audio-visual resources, and presenting new material through seminars, conferences, and guided Israel tours.

Golden rule vs. the Torah

How does the Golden Rule to do unto others as you would have them do unto you summarize the whole Torah?

Ask, seek, and knock

"When we pray, is God really listening? According to Yeshua, a person should talk to God like a child speaking to his or her father."

Dogs, pigs, and holy pearls

"The Master told His disciples not to give what is “holy” to dogs. In this context, “what is holy” refers to the sacrifices offered in the Temple."

The log and the speck

"It’s easy to see all the little deficiencies and annoying things in others, but not so easy to see our own much-larger character flaws."

Do not judge

"Yeshua told his disciples not to judge others. Does this mean that judges on a court of law should not offer verdicts?"

Seeking the kingdom first

"Yeshua wanted to teach His disciples to rely on God’s provision rather than their own frantic efforts. He contrasted them against the idolatrous, non-Jewish world..."

Don’t worry about money

"We cannot serve both God and money, and we should not worry about material needs. Should we quit our jobs, forsake worldly occupations, and renounce all possessions?"

Two Masters

"Imagine two different slave-owners with equal possession over the same slave. They make competing demands upon the slave’s time and service. The slave cannot loyally serve both simultaneously."

An evil eye

"Yeshua said that “the eye is the lamp of the body” (Matthew 6:22). He explained, “If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.” What did he mean?"

Treasures in Heaven

"People say, “You can’t take it with you.” Yeshua contradicted that adage by citing the common Jewish belief that resources given to the needy will be repaid and rewarded in the Messianic Era and the World to Come."

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