I am a lifelong disciple of Jesus (Yeshua) of Nazareth, an avid student of the Bible, a devoted husband and father, a 29-year veteran of the United States Army, and a historian who connects people with their own stories.
The scripture says the Kingdom of our Messiah will be populated by people redeemed from every tribe and tongue and nation (Revelation 5:9, 7:9). What exactly does that look like? And is it possible to achieve such Kingdom diversity now? That’s one topic that comes up in our conversation with Rut Banks as we hear her thoughts on the identity of those redeemed into the covenant nation of Israel.
This show includes two special songs by Rut, and then midrash by our Elders Barry Phillips and David Jones called “Vision or Sight” in which they talk about what Rut and her family are living: walking in the promises of the Almighty even when that way ahead is not clear.
Life can be complicated and difficult. That’s why it’s essential to know who we are, and Whose we are!
If you want to know how Rut Banks answers those questions, just listen to her story! We learn a lot about her in this second part of our three-part visit with her. Knowing who she is in her Creator has helped her through both the rough patches and the joys of life, and brought her the point where she can now share this testimony in song.
Our musical segments investigate these same questions, starting with an original song by Rut, and then a familiar exhortation from the Psalms by Eved Adonai. Barry Phillips and David Jones carry the theme of this show even further with their conversation about the question, “Who Do You Say I Am?”
We know the Kingdom of Heaven exists for eternity, but we don’t know much about it yet. However, that hasn’t stopped us from trying to figure our who will be there – or who won’t be there. Maybe a better use of our time and energy would be getting to know the Eternal King and living in such a way that others would want to know Him as well.
Ezekiel 11:14-21; Matthew 15:24, 23:13; John 10:11-18; Galatians 3:28-29; Ephesians 2:11-22; 1 John 3:1-3