Let’s address the exalted titles that are given to the learned men of religious theology. Catholics call the priests of the church “Father.” Christians call esteemed pastors “Teacher.” Jews call learned teachers “Rabbi” and legal scholars “Rav” or “Rabban.” However, according to Yeshua in Matthew 23:8-12, none of these titles has the approval of our Father in Heaven. Yet still, it’s a widely adopted practice to give church and synagogue leaders these titles. On this podcast of Real Israel Talk Radio, Episode 028 Part 1 – Man’s Exalted Titles of Rabbi, Teacher, and Father, we will have a close look into the cultural, biblical, archaeological, and historical background for using these terms and perhaps why Yeshua gave us these instructions. My reasoning for speaking about this matter has nothing to do with judging those who use the titles but rather to simply provide some theological context to help us make informed choices that line up with our redeemed life in Messiah.
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Current Residence: Seaside community near Perth in Western Australia. Status: Married to Suzanne (Shoshana). Family: Daughter and Four Grandies (Seattle). Son (IDF, deceased 2009). Saba (Grandfather) to Emilia (daughter to Suzanne's adult son and wife) "Avi" to Suzanne's two adult sons and their partners. Israel: Lived in Jerusalem, Afula, and Tiberias 2003-2016. Work: Israeli State Licensed Tour Guide, On-air Radio News, Broadcast Journalism, Radio Talk Show Host and Commercial Production. Special Interests: Single-Engine Land Private Pilot (VFR). Photography and Videography. Reading and Studying Biblical History and Biblical Archaeology. Film, Video, and Audio Production. Other Special Interests: Enjoys the warm summers and clean white-sand beaches of Western Australia. Enjoys country bicycle rides and nature walks with Suzanne. Enjoys good movies from time to time and reading up on biblical archaeology, science, and ADHD-related issues. Enjoys backyard gardening, growing and eating blueberries, and studying scripture with great long discussions with Suzanne. Enjoys family pizza parties. Enjoys news and lively politics.