In this final study on Luke, Dr. Bramson looks at John 20 to fill in the events the Luke didn’t cover. He first looks at “doubting” Thomas. Did Thomas really doubt Jesus? So what? The other disciples didn’t even recognize Jesus. Why is Thomas singled out? Why are those who haven’t seen Jesus and yet […]
What happened to Jesus between his death and his resurrection? What is death? What happens to the body after death? What happens to the spirit after death? What does the “heart of the earth” mean? What did Jesus do at the heart of the earth? Where did the misunderstanding come from that says Satan is […]
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After reviewing the repentant thief’s conversation with Jesus as well as where Paradise is, Dr. Bramson moves on to the second three hours Jesus hung on the cross. There was darkness for three hours. Dr. Bramson explains why this could not have been a solar eclipse. Next, what day was Jesus crucified? On Passover, the […]
In part two on the crucifixion of Jesus, Dr. Bramson discusses the sign that was placed over Jesus’s head while he hung on the cross. Why were the Judean leaders so infuriated by what Pilate had written? Looking at the Jewish fascination with acrostics helps explain this mystery. Next, Dr. Bramson teaches about Paradise. Where […]
In this first lesson about the crucifixion of Jesus, Dr. Bramson begins by teaching about flogging. How and why was flogging done? Did Jesus receive 39 lashes? Next, how were crucifixions carried out? What was Rome’s purpose for crucifixions? What was the cross that Jesus carried? Finally, Dr. Bramson discusses the myth that “the Jews” […]
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson discusses the interrogation of Jesus. First, what happened in Israel that caused the Jewish leadership to be unable to execute Jesus themselves? Next, the Jewish leadership was made up of mostly Sadducees. What did Sadducees believe? Why weren’t they looking for a Messiah? What motivated them? Finally, Dr. Bramson takes […]
In Luke 22, Peter denies Jesus. Many people have been taught that Peter was a hero of the faith, self sacrificing, bold and courageous. Is this an accurate picture of Peter? Who was the real Peter? Why have biblical characters been elevated to hero status? What is the effect of this practice on our own […]
Continuing the study in Luke, Dr. Bramson turns to Daniel 9:24-27 to see how this prophecy, given to Daniel, was fulfilled. Dr. Bramson looks specifically at Daniel 9:26 which states that Messiah would be unjustly executed. Was Jesus unjustly executed? Looking at the trials of Jesus held before the High Priests Annas and Caiaphas, Dr. […]
In this passage, where Judas led a delegation to arrest Jesus, there were a few details that didn’t make sense to Dr. Bramson. First, if this was a huge sting operation by the Romans, why didn’t the soldiers arrest all the disciples, including Peter, who took a stab at the high priest’s servant? Next, what […]
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson discusses the purpose of Jesus’ Gethsemane prayer as well as the purpose of prayer in our lives. How did the Father answer Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane? Do we ever dislike God’s answer to our prayers? Is it a sin to dislike God’s answers? Next, why is this prayer of Jesus […]
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In this lesson, Dr. Bramson teaches on just one verse—John 15:15. What did Jesus mean when He said, “I no longer call you doulos…I have called you friends.” What is a doulos? Many have translated this word as slaves or servants. By comparing Scripture with Scripture, Dr. Bramson explains the meaning of doulos. Listen here.
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson explains John 15, which many misuse to say that we can lose our salvation. Is that what it means? Dipping into Romans 7, Dr. Bramson then discusses the sinful nature and then returns to John 15. What does it mean to “remain in” Jesus? What, or who, is thrown into […]
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson explores what Jesus’ disciples might have been thinking during the first 12 hours of Resurrection Day, prior to their awareness that Jesus was alive. In the last half of this lesson, Dr. Bramson examines the second 12 hours of Resurrection day. Did any of the eleven (remaining) disciples believe the […]
After a short review of the previous lesson, Dr. Bramson explains what it means to ask something “in Jesus name.” Next, Dr. Bramson clarifies who another Counselor is. If we have another Counselor, then who was the original Counselor? Looking into the Greek word for another as well as digging into the book of Isaiah […]
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson teaches about Jesus’ new command to love one another. How is this different than the command given in Leviticus 19? Next, Dr. Bramson explains John 14:1-3. Are there really mansions in heaven? What exactly is Jesus preparing? Finally, Dr. Bramson answers the question of whether Jesus claimed to be deity. […]
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson continues to look at the Last Supper and asks the question: Why did Satan enter Judas? Was it to make sure that Judas went through with the betrayal of Jesus? Next, what did Jesus mean when he said, “What you are about to do, do quickly”? Who was Jesus talking […]
Luke 22:7 says “Then came the first day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.” In this lesson, Dr. Bramson answers the many questions raised by this one verse, such as: Was Passover part of the Feast of Unleavened Bread? Was the Last Supper the Passover meal? When does Passover […]
What is the difference between religion and relationship? When difficult events happen in our lives, are we aware of unseen forces at work? Next, who was Judas Iscariot? Who was influencing his act of betrayal? Was he a hero, as the Gnostics claim, or just in it for the money? Finally, how do we know […]
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First, Dr. Bramson explores the concept of tithe and giving. Where does this concept of tithe come from? Does tithe apply to believers? How does a believer decide where and how much to give? Then, Dr. Bramson spends the bulk of this teaching unraveling the remainder of Luke 21 in comparison to Matthew 24 and […]
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson continues to teach about crucifixion week. On Monday, Jesus saw a fruitless fig tree in Bethphage and cursed it. What was that all about? Looking at the tense of the Greek words as well as digging into the Bible’s use of figs helps to explain this mystery. In addition, it […]
Dr. Bramson is frequently asked why he spends so much time teaching about the end times. In this lesson, he answers this question by looking at what happened to Israel because they didn’t recognize the first coming of their Messiah. Could this be a warning for a sleeping church today? Moving on, Dr. Bramson discusses […]
What proof would you need to be certain that the Bible is from God and not man? As a former atheist, Dr. Bramson’s answer is that prophecy proves that God is the author of the Bible. In 532 AD, Daniel was asking God when he would send the Savior (Daniel 9). In response, God told […]
Why did Jesus tell this parable? Israel had certain misunderstandings about the Messiah, which Jesus was trying to correct. Israel didn’t expect two comings of Messiah, not unlike the many in the church today. Moving on to the parable—who is the king, the servants and the subjects? Why did the third servant get thrown out? […]
In the first part of this lesson, Dr. Bramson discusses Peter’s marriage and marriage between unbelievers and believers as well as rewards. Next, Dr. Bramson addresses apostle bashing. Why didn’t the disciples understand what Jesus taught them at the time? When did they understand what Jesus taught them? Finally, after Jesus told the disciples about […]
Why were people bringing their infants to Jesus? What does it mean that the kingdom belongs to them? How does an infant receive anything? What did Jesus say about riches and the kingdom? What did He mean by “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone […]
This familiar parable is commonly interpreted to mean that we should never cease praying about our afflictions. But a closer look at the first word of Luke 18:1 reveals that this parable is a continuation of Luke 17 where the subject was the return of Christ. Might that give us a hint as to what […]
Many denominations believe that this passage refers to the Second Coming of Christ, however this passage discusses an event that comes at a complete surprise. Is the Second Coming a surprise? In this lesson, Dr. Bramson contrasts the rapture and the Second Coming of Christ. Is the rapture biblical? How do we tell the difference […]
Often times in Scripture, the smallest words are the most important. A correct understanding of these tiny treasures can alter the meaning of a passage from unclear to eye opening. In this lesson, Dr. Bramson discusses the passage about the healing of the lepers as well as the Pharisees who asked about the kingdom of […]
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Dr. Bramson was fascinated by the passage in the previous lesson (#51) so he spent more time studying this passage and shares his discoveries in this lesson. What does the word sin mean in verse 1? The subject of this passage is not church discipline but rather how we treat people who are walking away […]
In Luke 17, Jesus describes what happens to those who lead people into sin. Who are these verses directed to? In addition, this passage addresses finding another believer in (habitual) sin. Is the focus of these verses on the sinning believer or on our own reaction to their sin? Luke 17:3 says we are to […]
In Luke 16:1-18, Jesus teaches us about money and the kingdom. Does how we spend our money have anything to do with the next life? Next, Dr. Bramson discusses the story of the rich man and Lazarus. Many people don’t understand this story. Is this a parable, symbolic or a real story? What is hell […]
In Luke 14:26, Jesus said, “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and…” Didn’t Jesus say elsewhere to honor our parents? Digging deeper into the word translated as hate sheds light on this verse and resolves this apparent contradiction. Next, Dr. Bramson discusses Luke 14:34-35. Many […]
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson teaches about the religious leaders who watched Jesus closely to see if broke the Sabbath. Did Jesus disobey the Law of Moses? Next, Dr. Bramson discusses the parable about people taking places of honor. What is the resurrection of the righteous? Finally, what happens when we die? Why is there […]
When Jesus said, “Oh Jerusalem, Oh Jerusalem…” (Luke 13:34-35) He uttered one of the least understood prophecies but one of the most important prophecies in Scripture. Unfortunately, the vast majority of denominations teach the opposite of what this says. This passage tells us exactly must happen necessary before the second coming of Christ. What is […]
One of the biggest errors made when studying biblical parables is to guess at their meaning. How, then, can the reader understand what is meant? By letting the Bible tell us what is meant. Why did Jesus teach in parables? Many teachers say that Jesus taught in parables because it was easier to understand his […]
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In this lesson, Dr. Bramson discusses false teachers. What characterizes false teachers and what will happen to them? One of the characteristics of false teachers is they aren’t expecting the rapture. Is this what we find in the church today? What about those who don’t believe in the same Christ? What exactly is the rapture—why […]
Jesus teaches a very simple lesson in this passage: Be ready! What exactly are we to be ready for? Drawing on an understanding of the Jewish idiom for a wedding, Dr. Bramson explains what we are to be ready for. In addition, Dr. Bramson contrasts the Biblical descriptions of the rapture versus the second coming. […]
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson discusses the greed of the brother asking Jesus to get involved with his family’s financial affairs. How did inheritance laws work in ancient Israel? Instead of worrying about finances, what are we to be seeking? Next, Dr. Bramson examines the idea of treasure in heaven. When do we receive our […]
Luke 12 continues the discussion of Luke 11 and specifies the consequences of hypocrisy. How can we avoid fear—fear of men and fear of God? Next, Luke 12:9 says whoever disowns Jesus before men will be disowned by God. Many churches teach that this means you can lose your salvation. Is this true? Following this, […]
Was Jesus eating with dirty hands? Looking at Mark 7 helps the non-Jewish reader get a better understanding of why the Pharisees were criticizing Jesus’ hand washing habits. Moving on, what does “woe” mean? What was the difference between Jesus’ teaching and the Pharisees’ teachings? Are we any different in our teachings today than the […]
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In Luke 11:14, Jesus casts out a demon of a mute man and the people wonder if he is the Messiah. Why was this so extraordinary? What follows is a discussion about the strong man and the one who is stronger who attacks him. Listen here
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson first examines Mary and Martha. Does Jesus want more Marthas? How do we know if we are a Mary or a Martha? Next, Dr. Bramson teaches about “The Lord’s Prayer” and warns us about inaccurate names for biblical occasions and prayers, such as the “Lord’s prayer”—was it the Lord’s prayer […]
First, Dr. Bramson discusses Luke 10:18. Many people use this verse to prove that Satan has already been cast out of heaven. Is this what it means and does it matter? Next, Luke 10:19 is often used by some to say that we can handle poisonous snakes and God will protect us. Does it mean […]
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson examines who the Good Shepherd, the gate, the watchman and the thief are in John 10. What is the difference between the shepherd in verse 2 and the shepherd in verse 11? Who are the “other sheep, not of this fold?” Why did the Judean leadership try to stone Jesus? […]
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson discusses the healing of the man born blind. Why did the Pharisees get so worked up about this healing? According to history, there were three ways that Israel would recognize the Messiah—He would heal a leper, cast a demon out a mute, and heal a man born blind. Jesus had […]
Did Jesus claim to be God? Why do the cults downplay the deity of Jesus? In this teaching, Dr. Bramson explains how Jehovah’s Witness twist Scripture in order to deny the deity of Jesus. In addition, Dr. Bramson discusses whether Jehovah is God’s name and whether it important for us to know God’s personal name. […]
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson discusses the woman caught in adultery. What were these Jewish leaders up to? In the time of Jesus, could anyone be stoned for adultery? What happened in 6 AD that changed this? What was Jesus writing on the ground? Why did the older ones leave first? Did Jesus violate the […]
Why did Jesus go in secret to the Feast? Why did Jesus stay away from Judea? Did the Jews kill Jesus? What is a Jew? Where did the word “Jew” come from? What did the word “Jew” mean in John’s gospel? Is the New Testament anti-Semitic? Listen here
First, on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus went through Samaria, yet the Samaritans refused to be hospitable. Why? Next, why did John and James ask Jesus if they could call down fire from heaven? Where did that idea come from? Finally, Dr. Bramson addresses a current philosophy in the church related to dating. Is this […]
Why did there need to be 12 apostles? How should you treat your brother who falls into sin? What does it mean to treat them like a pagan or a tax collector? What did Jesus mean by forgiving our brother 70 times 7? Digging into the book of Daniel, Dr. Bramson uncovers how long Jesus […]
What did Jesus mean when he said some of the disciple would not see death until they saw the coming of the kingdom? Some commentators say this means that they would see the defeat of the Jews. Taking a closer look at the text and the Greek words leads us to a more accurate conclusion. […]
What did Jesus mean when he said that he didn’t come to bring peace but a sword? By comparing cadence, context and the other gospels, we arrive at a proper understanding. Next, in one gospel, Jesus withdrew to a solitary place and in another he withdrew to Bethsaida. Is there a contradiction? Finally, Jesus fed […]
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson teaches about Jairus’ daughter and the woman with the issue of blood, two stories that are intimately connected. Why does the Bible tell us how old the girl was and how long the woman had a bleeding disorder? Just a coincidence? In addition, Dr. Bramson introduces the idea of the […]
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson explains the difference between angels and demons. By looking at the Scriptures, such as Jude 6, Romans 8:28, Genesis 18, Mark 1:34, we learn that there is a vast difference between the two. What should be our attitude towards angels? What authority do believers have over demons? How will demons […]
What did Jesus mean when he said “Let the dead bury the dead?” Was He being insensitive? Next, as Jesus crosses the Lake of Galilee, a violent storm comes up suddenly. What kind of storm was this that Jesus rebuked? After crossing the lake, Jesus meets a demoniac. Why did Jesus ask him his name? […]
Continuing on from the previous lesson, Dr. Bramson shows how Jesus explained what the parables meant using the Jesus Code. How do these parables reveal the secrets of the kingdom of heaven? What is the kingdom of heaven? Listen here
What is a parable? Misunderstanding parables has been a source of confusion for many Christians. Dr. Bramson clarifies the source of this confusion and then explains why Jesus taught in parables. Jesus was teaching the disciples the secrets of the kingdom so that other people would not understand. Why would he do this? By comparing […]
Why would a Roman centurion send Jewish elders to see Jesus about healing his servant? What did this Gentile centurion have that all Israel was missing? Jesus then went to Nain and raised a Jewish man from the dead. What does this have to do with the faith of the Roman centurion? Finally, John the […]
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson unravels how Christians have become so confused about the role of Israel. Why did the Protestant Reformers falsely conclude that God was permanently done with Israel? What is replacement theology? What is a preterist? What did Paul believe about ignoring the Old Testament? What are the times of the Gentiles […]
According to Dr. Bramson, Matthew 5-7 occurs next in the story of Jesus. Luke 6 gives us the context for this sermon. Some people consider the Sermon on the Mount the most important sermon Jesus ever gave, even to the point of saying it tells us how to live. What is the real message of […]
Now that Jesus has claimed to be Messiah, the Pharisees and teachers of the Law follow him everywhere. Jesus had healed the paralytic and claimed to forgive sins. Now, in this lesson, what did Jesus do that enraged the Pharisees so much that they wanted to kill him? In what way are we like the […]
Why do so many groups who claim to be Christian deny the deity of Jesus? Did Jesus claim to be God? What was the purpose of Jesus’ miracles? Why was the healing of the leper so special? Did Jesus have the ability to forgive sins or the authority to forgive sins? What is the difference? […]
Where did Peter live—in Capernaum or Bethsaida? How sick was his mother-in-law? Who just happened to be teaching at the synagogue next door? When Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law, did this make Peter become a follower of Jesus? As Dr. Bramson follows Jesus’ movements in Luke 4-5, we see what it took to make Peter a […]
Jesus read Isaiah 61:1-2 in the synagogue in Nazareth. What portion of this passage did he leave out and why? In this lesson, Dr. Bramson explains how Israel didn’t expect two comings of their Messiah. Was Israel held responsible for their error? What can the church learn from this? Most Christian denominations do not believe […]
In this message, Dr. Bramson finishes up John 4:43-54 concerning the healing of the royal official’s son in Cana. Then moving back to Luke, Dr. Bramson teaches about Jesus homecoming in Nazareth. Some people say Jesus’ behavior was rude. Was He? Did he interrupt the synagogue service? The people were amazed at His teaching. Then […]
John 3:29 refers to a bride and bridegroom. Understanding who bridegroom refers to is crucial for the proper interpretation of prophecy. Next, John 3:36 makes a crucial statement about salvation—“He who believes in the Son has eternal life.” What does this mean? Moving on to John 4:4, Jesus “had to go through Samaria.” Why? What […]
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson discusses the purpose of Jesus’ miracles as well as Nicodemus’ nighttime meeting with Jesus. What does it mean to be born again? What did Jesus expect Nicodemus to understand from the Old Testament? Finally, Dr. Bramson examines the sacrifice that God gave referred to in John 3:16. Listen here […]
In this message, Dr. Bramson teaches about the first miracle of Jesus in Cana. Why was the wedding on the third day? Was Jesus rude to his mother? In addition, Dr. Bramson explores two views of Mary—from worshipping her to bashing her. How should we view Mary, according to the Bible? What did Jesus mean […]
First, Dr. Bramson examines an apparent discrepancy between the gospel accounts of Jesus activities following His baptism. Next, Dr. Bramson explains the meaning of Messiah. Finally, Dr. Bramson explores what happened between Jesus birth and the beginning of His ministry that caused Israel to lose their expectation in the coming Messiah. Listen here
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson teaches about the temptations of Jesus. In each situation, what was Satan really tempting Jesus with? Concluding this lesson is a word study on Satan and the devil. Why does the Old Testament never use the word “devil?” Listen here.
For part of this lesson, Dr. Bramson examines John 1:19-34 for more details about Jesus baptism. When Jesus came to be baptized, John said that he didn’t “know Him.” Does that make sense when Jesus was John’s cousin? Looking at the Greek word translated as know suggests a better translation. Next, John’s use of “the […]
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson explains the setting and time period for the ministries of both John the Baptist and Jesus. What was the nature of John the Baptist’s ministry? Did he misrepresent God? Why did people ask him if he was Elijah and that prophet? What kind of baptism did John practice? How did this baptism […]
In this teaching, Dr. Bramson finishes Matthew 2 about the return of Mary and Joseph to Israel after the death of Herod the Great. Moving on, Dr. Bramson returns to Luke 2:40-52 where a 12-year-old Jesus interrogates the teachers at the temple in Jerusalem. Listen here.
Who were the Magi? Were there really three of them, as is commonly depicted? Digging into the book of Daniel as well as the history of the Israel, Dr. Bramson explains who the Magi were and how they came to know about the birth of the King of the Jews. Listen here.
In this lesson, Dr. Bramson teaches about the birth of Christ. When did it occur? Who heard about it? Who spread the word? Why did Mary and Joseph have to travel to Bethlehem during her pregnancy? In addition, Dr. Bramson gives a history lesson on the calendar system to show the exact year of Jesus […]
After a discussion about the birth and circumcision of John the Baptist, Dr. Bramson continues the story of Jesus conception by teaching on Matthew 1:18-25. Next, Dr. Bramson refutes liberal theologians who argue that virgin means “young maiden.” Finally, Dr. Bramson examines Old Testament passages that told Israel how to recognize the Messiah. In addition, […]
Why did Luke write his gospel? Who was Theophilus? Luke begins his gospel telling us about Zacharias, who was a priest in the division of Abijah. What does this mean? Who can be a priest, according to the Bible? What message did the angel bring Zacharias and why did Zacharias lose his voice? After answering […]