Keith Johnson & Nehemia Gordon are at it again. The Iron Dome in Israel has saved countless lives from terrorist rockets aimed at innocent Israeli civilians. This incredible military equipment has inspired Keith and Nehemia to take what they learned from an encounter with the Iron Dome up-close and personal and bring it to God’s people around the United States this Fall in what they are calling the Iron Dome Tour! See details below:
This week Nehemia Gordon, Keith Johnson, and Jono Vandor discuss the Torah portion of Ki Tavo covering Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8. What does it mean in Deuteronomy 26:5 where it says “my father was a Syrian”? What is the 2nd Tithe? What are the secret ingredients of Keith’s breakfast green drink? Where is God’s “holy habitation”? What is the one thing God will do with all His heart and with all His soul? Is the glorious and awesome name that we should fear “THE LORD YOUR GOD”? Who, in Deuteronomy 28:68, was taken in ships? Continue reading →
The Torah portion of Ki Teitzei contains a commandment for soldiers of the Israelite army to bury their excrement while out in the field (Deuteronomy 23:13). Years ago I was inspired by this verse to write a satirical piece entitled: “Proof of the Oral Law”. If you don’t have a sense of humor, please don’t read it. My sarcasm not withstanding, every fact and source mentioned in the piece is genuine and accurate.
Warning: The following is satire, which may not be appropriate for younger and more sensitive readers. If you do not appreciate sarcasm, please stop reading. If the subject matter offends you, please be offended at the rabbis, ancient and modern, who have attributed such ludicrous things to our Creator and imposed them as heavy burdens on God’s people. Continue reading →
This week Nehemia Gordon, Keith Johnson, and Jono Vandor discuss the Torah portion of Ki Teitzei covering Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19. How is the rebellious son cursed by hanging on a tree? Did Keith break Torah by shooting the neighbor’s trash can conquering dog? What is the relationship between the verses regarding plowing, sowing, and weaving material? Is there a secret Methodist formula to making tzitzit? What does it mean to come into the presence of Yehovah? What exactly is a “mamzer” and “the price of a dog”? In Malichi 2:16 who “hates divorce”?
This week Nehemia Gordon, Keith Johnson, and Jono Vandor discuss the Torah portion of Shoftim covering Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9. As the trio begins this portion focusing on judgment and law, Gordon shares the origin of the Hebrew word for “grace.” Discussions include: Must we always have two or three witnesses? Who has the authority today? Are we guilty of rejecting Yehovah as King? What of the Harry Potter question and how far do we take Deuteronomy 18:9-14? Who is the prophet likened unto Moses? Was God’s eye sparkling when he accepted Jacob’s pillar—a thing he hates? Who now has the authority to judge difficult things? What first-century Roman is infamous for mocking an atonement ritual? Who’s the original tree-hugger? With differing views, the trio debates whether certain cultural practices are abominations and Gordon provides an eyewitness account of Deuteronomy 19:1. Showing no fear, the trio concludes by examining the weirdest thing in the Bible. Continue reading →
This week Nehemia Gordon, Keith Johnson, and Jono Vandor discuss the Torah portion of Re’eh covering Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17. This week the trio focuses on Moses’ command to “see”—to clearly understand that life gives us only two choices—to create a god from our own hearts or to obey and worship the true God—His place, His time, His way. The trio explores the following questions: Where did God choose to place his name and can a GPS get you there? What’s the biblical way to dispose of an idol? What does it mean to be without the yoke of the Torah and does the New Testament refer to this malady? What’s an “evil eye”? Why were Jews in the Middle Ages forced to choose between begging and banking? Who are the sons of Yehovah? Do some translations attempt to make bacon kosher? What’s at the heart of the issue of boiling a kid in its mother’s milk? What’s so dangerous about high mountains and green trees? Ten times three equals thirty . . . right? Is night time the right time for a Passover sacrifice? In addition to many other insights into the original Hebrew language and context, Gordon provides an example of the meticulousness of the scribes who preserved for us an imaginary bird that we couldn’t eat even if we tried. Can one worship the true God without adhering to His commandments? What of the altars other than the altar? Who exactly were the corrupt men of “beliya’al”? Where is the son of God mentioned in the Old Testament? What kind of birds are the Ra’ah & the Da’ah? How can we possibly understand the deep & complex riddle, “Do not boil a kid in it’s mother’s milk”? Are there three tithes or only one? When did the Israelites leave Egypt, by day or by night?
“(27) You shall not round the edge of your head, nor shall you destroy the edge of your beard. (28) And you shall not make a cutting for the dead in your flesh, nor shall you make a written tattoo upon you; I am Yehovah.”
This week Nehemia Gordon, Keith Johnson, and Jono Vandor discuss the Torah portion of Vaetchanan covering Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11. Vaetchanan is perhaps the crown jewel of Torah portions. It contains the Shema in Deuteronomy 6:4. But what do the Hebrew words “Shema” and “Echad” mean and why is this single verse so important? Also in this program: Is Jesus/ Yeshua a victim of character assassination? What are the Noahide laws? Was the covenant made with us or our fathers? What is the 1st commandment? Continue reading →