Apocryphal Nativity scrutinizes Yahshua’s birth story by comparing the account from Matthew and Luke’s Gospels to several “Gnostic” tomes like the Protevangelion, Gospel of Mary and Infancy I. This seasonal lecture was preached Christmas Eve on the Euro Folk Radio network and is designed to explain the delivery of Christ from an alternative viewpoint other than ones found in our canonized KJV Bibles.
Hermas I (Visions) #9 continues our longest-running Gnostic series by explaining the three faces of “the holy church” and how they relate to our Christian walks. The ancient prophet Hermas was doubtful! Are you? This sermon covers The Shepherd of Hermas 3:101-4:9 which ends the third vision of the ivory tower being built and commences the fourth concerning “the great beast” leviathan and his locust armies.
Hermas I (Visions) #8 allows the “church lady” to continue explaining the final three classes of stones that are cast away from the ivory tower of her vision. This sermon in our longest-running series highlights the seven Christian virtues (which are opposite of the seven deadly sins) explaining how each is the mother of another. This lecture proves the elect are saved by faith or the grandmother of all moralities.
Syriac Infancy Gospel (Part #14) completes our study into the Gnostic book by teaching on Christ in the temple at twelve years old mesmerizing the learned men of Israel. This final sermon proves that Jesus was smarter than His teachers and explains why the childhood of Yahshua is rarely mentioned in canonized scripture. We conclude with Him initiating His ministry after baptism by John in the river Jordan.
Syriac Infancy Gospel (Part #13) as a sermon focuses on teaching “every one who displeases Yahshua is killed” thus contains some of the harder narratives discussed in the Gnostic book. This segment finds the youthful Christ cursing and ultimately causing no less than three specific individuals to die. Also covered is reconfirmation of the fact that Jesus is the Living Word and mere man couldn’t educate Him.
Syriac Infancy Gospel (Part #12) scrutinizes miracles attributed to Yahshua during His adolescence such as turning Israelites into literal “kids” (or baby goats) during a game of hide and seek. This sermon also finds Jesus commanding His followers to “curse and kill the serpent” thus support is found in the canonized books of Ezekiel, Daniel, John and Acts confirming facts in the manuscript of Infancy I.
Syriac Infancy Gospel (Part #11) provides background on Jesus becoming a carpenter as a youth and explains some miracles He performed while working with His stepfather Joseph. Discussed is Yahshua’s creation of Golem in the “shape” of birds and giving them life to the chagrin of His enemies that dutifully complained. A brief overview of INFANCY I is offered as this series enters the third (and final) phase.
Syriac Infancy Gospel (Part #10) deals solely with the topic of demonic possession providing insight into the childhood of Judas Iscariot (the Moabite betrayer). Established in this sermon are some names of Satan and clarification into how his “unclean spirit” is able to torment victims as a Legion of demons. Obviously, we revisit the Maniac of Gadara that Jesus dealt with in the fifth chapter of Mark’s Gospel.
Syriac Infancy Gospel (Part #9) scrutinizes the “Lady Saint Mary” using baby Yahshua’s bath water to heal a princess of leprosy in Bethlehem. Also considered is the healing of Bartholomew/Nathaniel to whom Christ would later say in John 1:47 “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” This study into chapters 11 and 12 provides backdrop on some lesser-known miracles of Christ performed as an infant.
Parable of the Cost analyzes Yahshua’s allegory explaining the actual price of discipleship found only in Luke 14:25-35. Our Messiah clearly teaches His followers will oftentimes forsake family members (or even die) in order to obtain the ultimate prize! This detailed investigation into three “mini parables” of Christ proves salt is beneficial overall and that Christians are called to consider all angles of their walk.