October 15, 2016 | #1642—The Gospels Speak to Everyone: Mark

The Gospels Speak to Everyone

Have you ever wondered why there are four different accounts of Jesus’ ministry in the Bible? Last week Chris unpacked the gospel of Matthew. We learned that Matthew’s unique audience was the Jewish believers in Jesus.

Focusing on the gospel of Mark this week, Chris explains that although Mark is not one of the original twelve disciples of Jesus, he was able to give detailed accounts of Jesus’ time on earth because of a special helper. Also, learn how his attention to detail helped strengthen the faith of the Roman believers, this book’s unique audience. And through the Holy Spirit, these details continue to help Christians today understand and endure the hardships we face.

If you missed part one of the series, you can listen here.

The Gospel In The Feasts of Israel

by Victor Buksbazen

We are in the middle of the fall Jewish holiday season and what better book to pair with what Chris is teaching in our series on the gospels than The Gospel in the Feasts of Israel. Learn how the ancient feasts interact with and illuminate the teachings of Jesus, the writings of the New Testament, and the message of the gospel. The author, former executive director of The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Dr. Victor Buksbazen was a brilliant scholar who easily communicated his intimate understanding of the Holy Scriptures, Judaic studies, and the original languages of the biblical text.


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The Feast of Tabernacles

In the fall months have you ever seen your Jewish neighbor build a covered area on the outside of their home? If so, you’ve seen them celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles (or the Feast of Booths, as it is sometimes referred). Chris explains from Leviticus 23:42-43 how God gave instructions to the Jewish people to live in temporary structures to remember the time that He was with them and brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt. How does this apply to our lives as Christians? The New Testament says we are God’s Temple or Tabernacle!  Just as God was present with Israel in the time of the wilderness, He is in us as believers in Jesus.

If you want to learn more about The Feast of Tabernacles or other Jewish feasts you can purchase The Feasts of Israel by Bruce Scott here.

Apples of Gold: The One Who is Always There

While visiting with a friend suffering from depression, Zvi shared about the One who was always there for him in his time of need. His friend was curious who this was. Opening his Bible, Zvi read from Psalm 34:18-19, “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

The friend was encouraged and impressed at how easily he was able to find a verse that spoke to his heart. Zvi explained the living God enables him to understand His Word. Zvi shared from Isaiah 53 explaining that the Lord Jesus suffered and could understand his friend’s hardship. Although he was first opposed to hearing about Jesus, the friend listened and they were able to talk about the One who understands our pain.

There are more stories like this from Zvi Kalisher! Purchase The Best of Zvi from our online store.

For more on the life of Zvi Kalisher, visit our online store to find his biography, Zvi: The Miraculous Story of Triumph Over the Holocaust.


The Friends of Israel Today and Apples of Gold theme music was composed and performed by Jeremy Strong.

Also heard on this week’s show:
»Snowy Daze (Ketsa)
»When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Timothy Shaw, from the CD, Rejoice! Devotional Hymn Settings

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