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Sayings of the Fathers

16 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The Mishnah tractate Pirkei Avot or Sayings of the Fathers is a compilation of wise sayings, proverbs, and anecdotes dating from the Third Century B.C.E.-Third Century C.E., forming much of the basis of ancient Jewish ethics. Many important parallels can be seen between remarks made in the Pirkei Avot and the wisdom sayings or teachings of Yeshua the Messiah, James the Just, and the Apostles Peter and Paul. In the Jewish community today, the Pirkei Avot are traditionally read and considered during the seven weeks between the festivals of Passover and Shavuot. Sayings of the Fathers: A Messianic Perspective on Pirkei […]

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Counting the Omer

16 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The seven-week period between the Biblical festivals of Passover and Shavuot, or Pentecost, is the season of Counting the Omer (Leviticus 23:10-16; Deuteronomy 16:9-11). Originally in the Tabernacle and Temple of Ancient Israel, the priests were to present special offerings before the Lord each day for the fifty-day count. Psalm 67 was among the hymns recited and employed to offer praise and adoration to Him. Since the destruction of the Second Temple, various Jewish traditions have been developed in order to make the seven-week or fifty-day Omer Count a very special time to focus on God, His blessings, and the […]

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Omer Count

16 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 1

UPDATED 25 FEBRUARY, 2010 Do you follow the method of the Pharisees or Sadducees for the counting of the omer to determine Shavuot? It seems that most in the independent Messianic movement follow the counting method of the Sadducees. The counting of the omer is commanded in Leviticus 23:11, “He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it” (NASU). There were three distinct ways that this passage was interpreted among the Judaisms of the First Century: The Sadducees interpreted “the day after the Sabbath” to […]

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Messianic Spring Holiday Helper

13 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The Spring holiday season is a very busy time for those in today’s Messianic movement, beginning with Purim, continuing to the week of Passover and Unleavened Bread, and then culminating with Shavuot or Pentecost. This broad season is one of the most demanding for Messianic Believers, not only as it concerns the many things to celebrate and reflect upon, but also as we strive to exhibit a positive testimony to both the Jewish and Christian communities: to Jewish people remembering the Passover and deliverance of Ancient Israel from Egypt, and to Christians memorializing the death and resurrection of Yeshua the […]

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What Are The Lord’s Appointed Times?

13 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

posted 28 September, 2005 reproduced from Moedim: The Appointed Times for Messianic Believers One of the first areas of Torah observance which comes into play, when outside people enter into the Messianic movement and commit themselves to a Messianic lifestyle, is that of the holidays. The appointed times guide the yearly cycle of events which help to form Messianic identity.[1] The appointed times guide the yearly cycle of events that help to form Messianic identity. Messianic Believers do not observe mainstream Christian holidays such as Christmas or Easter, but rather remember the Biblically-prescribed holidays of God’s Torah, which are first […]

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Messianic Winter Holiday Helper

11 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The Winter holiday season is frequently a conflicted time of year for many people in today’s Messianic movement. On the one hand, most Messianic Believers do not celebrate the holiday of Christmas on December 25, due to some of its pre-Christian origins and questionable traditions. On the other hand, the birth of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) is a Biblical event which we all must acknowledge in some way. Furthermore, during this same Winter season, the Jewish community commemorates the Festival of Dedication or Chanukah. What is a Messianic Believer to do? The Messianic Winter Holiday Helper is a valuable […]

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Messianic Sabbath Helper

7 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The instruction to remember the Sabbath is the Fourth of the Ten Commandments: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work” (Exodus 20:8-10a). The seventh-day Sabbath or Shabbat is widely associated with God’s creation of the world (Genesis 2:2-3) and the Exodus of Ancient Israel from Egypt (Deuteronomy 15:15). The Sabbath is one of the Torah’s moedim or appointed times (Leviticus 23:3). Desecration of the Sabbath actually brought judgment to […]

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How Do We Properly Keep Shabbat?

7 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 24 November, 2005 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper How the Messianic community is to properly keep Shabbat, or any Biblical commandment for that matter, is a mystery for many. There are many issues and questions that have to be weighed and taken into consideration when establishing a proper halachic orthopraxy for oneself, one’s congregation, and the movement as a whole. In the Jewish community, whether you are Orthodox or Conservative, keeping the seventh-day Sabbath is an important sign of who you are as a Jew. It is the sign that God gave the people of Israel from […]

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A Summarization of Jewish Shabbat Traditions

7 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 DECEMBER, 2016 Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper That the Jewish people have widely and faithfully observed the seventh-day Sabbath or Shabbat[1] throughout their history is a testament to God’s declaration in Exodus 31:16: ‘The Israelite people shall keep the sabbath, observing the sabbath throughout the ages as a covenant for all time[2]” (NJPS). The view of a Conservative Jewish figure like Samuel H. Dresner, in his book The Sabbath, presses how “It is one of the basic institutions of humanity—an idea with infinite potentiality, infinite power, infinite hope, perhaps, as some […]

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Moedim: The Appointed Times for Messianic Believers

28 March, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Today’s Messianic community widely believes and advocates that our Heavenly Father is restoring the celebration of the Biblical appointments or moedim, chiefly found in Leviticus 23, to all of His people. Messianic Believers find great enrichment every year of going through these annual festivals, rehearsing God’s plan of salvation history. We bereave the fact that too many of our Christian brothers and sisters have not partaken of the blessings of knowing things like the Passover, Shavuot, or Sukkot, and the significant enrichment all of us can have by seeing God’s plan for history present within them. Some say that because […]

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The Last Seder and Yeshua’s Passover Chronology

27 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 March, 2010 reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper The season of Passover was my late father’s favorite time of year, because being a licensed lay preacher at Christ United Methodist Church in Florence, KY, Holy Week was the time when he was able to conduct educational Passover seders and expose many evangelical Christians to their Hebraic Roots. Kimball McKee was able to show many how Jesus Christ held an intimate Passover seder meal with His Disciples prior to His death as the Lamb of God. He recited some of the various blessings, held up a piece […]

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Appointed Times

27 January, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

APPOINTED TIMES A Summarization of Passover Traditions Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper A Summarization of Purim Traditions Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper A Summarization of Shavuot Traditions Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper A Summarization of Sukkot Traditions Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee posted 09 October, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper A Summarization of Yom Kippur Traditions Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee posted 09 October, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper A Summarization […]

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Today’s Messianic People and Shabbat: Moving Beyond “Saturday Church”

12 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper Most people who have been involved in some quarter of the Messianic movement, for some degree of time, are sure to have noticed a diversity of views and applications present regarding the Fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8; Deuteronomy 5:12).[1] For a wide variety of people, the seventh-day Sabbath or Shabbat is to be a time of rest, abstention from labors, and a time to do things differently than in the previous six days of work. Shabbat is not a time to go to the store and shop; Shabbat is a time to focus in on […]

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Being Realistic About Shabbat

12 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper That the seventh-day Sabbath or Shabbat is to be a holy time, sanctified unto the Lord, is clear enough from the Torah: “Observe the day of Shabbat, to set it apart as holy, as ADONAI your God ordered you to do” (Deuteronomy 5:12, CJB). It is also stated how “the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work” (Deuteronomy 5:14). Frequently in much of today’s Messianic movement, what is witnessed is that the seventh-day Sabbath is simply a time for Believers to attend services […]

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Our Weekly Shabbat

12 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper For our family, the experiences that we have had since 1995, upon entering into the Messianic movement, and in 2003 since the Lord called us into full time Messianic ministry—have doubtlessly directed us to actively change a number of key areas in our faith observance, which are different from our traditional Christian upbringing. As is witnessed in the volumes that we have released (as of 2015) in this Messianic Helper series, these include: honoring the appointed times or moedim of Leviticus 23,[1] eating a Biblically kosher or kosher-style […]

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A Summarization of Shavuot Traditions

9 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper Shavuot[1] is one of three pilgrimage festivals that is commanded in the Torah (Exodus 23:14-17; Deuteronomy 16:16). In Hebrew, its name means “weeks,” derived from the command in Deuteronomy 16:19, “You shall count seven weeks for yourself; you shall begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain.” Many Christians know Shavuot from its Greek-derived name “Pentecost,” as Pentēkostē means “fiftieth,” indicative of the fifty days that are to be counted between Passover and this time. In Biblical […]

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A Summarization of Passover Traditions

9 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper The Spring festivals of Passover and Unleavened Bread are an extremely important time of observance and reflection in Jewish communities all over the world. It is a time of both communal and family fellowship, where one often observes the Passover meal with a congregation or synagogue, in addition to extended family. This is the time when the Jewish people commemorate zeman heruteinu or the “Season of our freedom.” Every morning Exodus 20:2 is to be remembered, which admonishes us, “I am the Lord your God, who brought […]

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A Summarization of Purim Traditions

9 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper The holiday of Purim is a relatively minor festival in the Tanach (Old Testament), yet it portrays a very important story that all of God’s people need to understand. Having been dispersed into Babylonian exile in 585 B.C.E., the Jewish people now find themselves under Persian rule. While many find their new Persian rulers more tolerant than the Babylonians, the Jews are still a minority and often find themselves subject to harassment and persecution. In the Book of Esther, King Ahasuerus’ (or Xerxes’) grand vizier, the evil […]

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Yom Kippur, Fasting

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 06 OCTOBER, 2008 Where is the command in Torah to fast on Yom Kippur? I thought it only said that we are to afflict our souls. The command to commemorate Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement appears several times in the Torah (Exodus 30:10; Leviticus 16:30; 23:27-28; Numbers 29:7-11), with each section of commandments giving specific details. One of those specific details—and arguably the most important—is listed in Leviticus 23:27: “it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls.” What does the clause v’innitem et-nafshoteikhem mean, exactly? The verb anah, appearing the Piel […]

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Sukkot

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 13 OCTOBER, 2008 How do I celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles? My Messianic fellowship is going away to a large gathering of thousands of people and I cannot get off work. One of the instructions regarding Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles is, “Seven days you shall celebrate a feast to the LORD your God in the place which the LORD chooses” (Deuteronomy 16:15a). Few would disagree that this place or maqom is Jerusalem. (It is not some rural campground in North America or elsewhere.) The Feast of Tabernacles is a holiday where it was originally commanded, “Three times […]

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