Matthew Chapter 17 | Episode 24

In this episode of “I Don’t Get The Bible,” hosts Delaney and Shawn McCraney explore Matthew chapter 17. They delve into the story of Jesus taking Peter, James, and John to a high mountain where he is transfigured before them. Moses and Elijah appear, representing the law and the prophets, respectively, engaging in a conversation with Jesus about his impending death. Delaney and Shawn discuss the significance of this event and its connection to John the Baptist, who came in the spirit of Elijah. They also touch upon the power of words, the role of faith, and the disciples’ struggles to fully comprehend Jesus’ teachings. Join them as they unravel the layers of meaning in this transformative chapter of the Bible.

Matthew Chapter 16 | Episode 23

In this episode of “I Don’t Get The Bible,” hosts Delaney and Shawn McCraney delve into Matthew chapter 16. They explore various topics such as the sign of Jonah and its connection to Jesus’ resurrection, the interpretation of “son of man” and “son of God,” and the debated passage regarding Peter as the foundation of the church. The hosts discuss the different interpretations offered by Catholicism, Mormons, and Christians, shedding light on the significance of the original Greek text. Throughout the conversation, they emphasize the importance of digging deeper and diligently seeking the truth, even when the meaning may not be immediately apparent. They invite listeners to engage in their own research and not solely rely on surface-level understanding. Join Delaney and Shawn as they navigate the complexities of the Bible, chapter by chapter, in their ongoing quest to unravel its purpose and place.

Matthew Chapter 12 | Episode 19

In this episode of “I Don’t Get The Bible,” hosts Delaney and Shawn McCraney dive into Matthew chapter 12. They engage in an unedited and unprepared discussion about the chapter, exploring the parables and seeking clarification on Jesus’ actions and teachings. They focus on Jesus’ response to the Pharisees’ accusations of breaking the Sabbath law, referencing individuals from the past like David and Moses who also defied the law. The hosts contemplate the purpose of the law and its role in demonstrating love for God. They also discuss the Hebrew mind and language, emphasizing the challenge of understanding the Book of Revelation without a proper grasp of Hebrew thought. Delaney and Shawn reflect on the Bible as a gift from God, acknowledging its profound teachings while contemplating the potential benefits and limitations of an intermediary text. They ponder the nature of forgiveness and the concept of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, seeking to understand the significance of these teachings in relation to faith and salvation. Throughout their conversation, they grapple with the complexity of biblical interpretation and the importance of seeking understanding through the guidance of the Spirit.

Matthew Chapter 11 | Episode 18

In this episode of “I Don’t Get The Bible,” hosts Delaney and Shawn McCraney discuss Chapter 11 of the Bible. They start by exploring the story of John the Baptist, who was imprisoned after baptizing Jesus. They delve into John’s doubts and his question about whether Jesus is the one they were waiting for. The hosts highlight the significance of Jesus’ response, pointing out the miracles he performed as evidence of his messiahship. They also discuss the misconception that the Messiah would be a political king and how people’s expectations shaped their reception of Jesus. The conversation then shifts to the enigmatic phrase about the Kingdom of Heaven suffering violence and men taking it by force. The hosts acknowledge the difficulty in interpreting this passage and reflect on other instances where Jesus mentions unknown references. They explore Jesus’ generalizations about cities and areas, explaining that he was addressing specific cultural and belief contexts. The hosts touch upon the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman Empire, which marked the end of the Jewish world as they knew it. They emphasize the transition to the age of the spirit and the unification of Jews and Gentiles through faith. The episode concludes with a glimpse into the historical and prophetic backdrop of the time, connecting Malachi’s prophecy of the Great and Dreadful day to the events surrounding Jesus’ ministry. Overall, Delaney and Shawn offer insightful perspectives on the chapter and shed light on the historical, cultural, and spiritual dimensions of the biblical narrative.

Matthew Chapter 10, Part 2 | Episode 17

In this episode of “I Don’t Get The Bible,” hosts Delaney and Shawn McCraney continue their exploration of chapter 10. They discuss a statement made by Jesus about not being able to reach all the cities of Israel before his return. They debate whether his “coming back” refers to his resurrection or a future event. The hosts also delve into the concept of the “great and Dreadful day” and its significance in Jewish prophecy. They explore the meaning of Jesus’ words about not fearing those who can kill the body but fearing God who can destroy both body and soul in Gehenna. The discussion touches on the distinction between the soul and the spirit, Adam and Eve as the beginning point of the human race, and the value of confessing Jesus before men. The hosts reflect on the deaths of the disciples and speculate about their predecessors and the transmission of their teachings.

Matthew Chapter 10 | Episode 16

In this episode of “I Don’t Get The Bible,” Delaney McCraney reads Matthew chapter 10 and raises questions to her theologian and cult leader father. Delaney starts by questioning why Jesus decides to give his disciples authority over unclean spirits and the power to heal diseases at this specific time. They discuss the significance of the number 12 in scripture and its association with mystical beliefs. Delaney also ponders the reasons behind Jesus’ instructions to his disciples and their applicability to present-day circumstances. They explore the idea that Jesus came specifically for the Jewish people and how that influences the interpretation of his teachings. The episode delves into the cultural and historical context of the passages and highlights the importance of discerning which teachings are intended for specific audiences and which ones hold broader principles. The conversation raises thought-provoking questions about the Bible’s relevance and the interpretation of its messages in modern times.