- Class Name: Zadik (צדיק, zah’-deek, meaning upright)
- Class Format: Devotional, facilitator commentary, group discussion, and prayer
- Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course. Come as you are!
- Open to All: New believers and saints; white collar, blue collar, and no collar!
- Time: Starting Sep 3rd 2017, Christ Church Nashville, Sundays at 9am
- Facilitators: Dr. & Mrs. Brian & Amy Barnes
Course Brief Description:
Come study the ancient Hebrew prophecies of the Messiah! Search the scriptures together, learn what wise people (Zadiks) think, and discover what it means for us today! We will seek to Connect with the scriptures, Build each other up in the faith, and learn how we can Serve in God’s kingdom.
Join us as we search the scriptures for Jesus from Genesis to Malachi! We will explore ancient prophecies, commentaries from Christian theologians, and the writings of ancient Jewish sages. We will seek the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to guide us in the Way of Truth! We will seek to open our souls to the Presence of God! No prerequisite is necessary. Each class is designed as a stand-alone discussion, so regular weekly attendance is not necessary to understand and participate.
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Detailed Course Description:
Matthew tells us that while Jesus was hanging on the cross he cried out “My God, my god, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27:46). This is the opening line of Psalm 22, written hundreds of years before Christ was born. Matthew and Mark only give us this first line from the Psalm, while John hints at the last line from the Psalm when he tells us that Jesus said “It is finished” as His last words (Jn 19:30). What does the rest of Psalm 22 say? It might surprise you. In fact, it might just change your life!
Jewish scribes living after the time of Jesus tell us that for 40 years after Jesus’ death, God did not show the customary miraculous signs of forgiveness for the people on Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement (Babylonian Talmud, Yoma, 39b). And on the 40th year the 2nd Temple was destroyed just as Daniel had predicted hundreds of years earlier (Dan 9:26), and just as Jesus had also foretold (Lk 21:6).
Mark 8:29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”
On the road to Emmaus Jesus explained all the scriptures beginning with Moses and all the Prophets. As the disciples listened their hearts burned within them! The Holy Spirit was sent to teach us and remind us of these things. In our class we will study and search the scriptures, asking for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to lead us in the Way of Truth.
Connect: Search the Scriptures. Join us as we seek the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to lead us through His word. We will study full passages line by line and go deeper than popular understanding! We will read and discuss the Messianic prophecies about the Suffering Servant, the Day of Visitation, Atonement for Sin, Resurrection, the Ingathering of the Gentiles, the defeat of Satan, the Arm and the Armor of God, the Kingdom of Messiah, the Son of God, the Son of David, The Branch, The Rock, The Redeemer, The Living Water, The Good Shepherd, The Chief Cornerstone, Melchizedek, Elijah, the destruction of the Second Temple, the end of sacrifices, and the New Covenant.
Build: Seek to Understand. A famous Rabbi named Rashi once described studying scripture as swimming in a vast ocean that can never be fully explored. Jump in the water with us to explore what wise people, Tzadikim (צדיקים), thought about all these things. We will consider what Christian theologians like Matthew Henry, Martin Luther, John Wesley, and John Calvin thought about these scriptures. And we will consider what Jewish sages like Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Radak, and Maimonides thought as well as consider the Jewish writings of the Talmud and Midrashim. We will also explore implications of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Serve: Live for Jesus. Throughout history groups have formed to study the Messianic prophecies in detail: from Rabbis and their disciples, to monastic communities, to Bible study groups. Join us to build each other up in the faith and find our own role in His kingdom today! We will hold an ecumenical non-denominational view at all times that allows us to practice an Ancient/Future faith. We specifically will seek celebration of, and reconciliation with, the ancient Jewish roots of our faith, through a modern expression of Biblical Hermeneutics and Life Application (fancy words for finding out what the scriptures mean for us today). Join us on a deep spiritual journey to search the scriptures for the Messiah on our own road to Emmaus!