Bible Messages

The Message of Revelation

22 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

Over the past few years as I have witnessed my skills as a Bible teacher improve—particularly my engagement with not only the Biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek, but also engagement with secondary and tertiary resources—I have found myself become increasingly nervous, if not perturbed, when people use the word “revelation.” There are many people who teach from the Scriptures, either in the Christian or Messianic world, who seldom engage with the Biblical text they intend to teach. Rather than allowing the Holy Spirit to prepare them, mold them, and guide them to the resources and with the tools such […]

1&2 Peter

The Message of 1&2 Peter and Jude

22 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

Within the scope of the Apostolic Scriptures, the Gospels tend to be the easiest texts for today’s Messianic Believers to understand, with the Pauline Epistles being among the most difficult texts to understand. Somewhere in the middle of this are the Epistles of 1&2 Peter and Jude. Generally speaking we find these three letters to not be that difficult, but they might ask us some rather unique and poignant questions. Our encounter with 1&2 Peter and Jude is often limited to an important quotation here or there, specifically intended to encourage holy living or a repentant attitude, but we have […]

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The Message of Habakkuk

21 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

The Book of Habakkuk is a text that is not read by today’s Messianic community, yet it has profound and important lessons to teach of us as the people of God. Struggling with the problems of corruption and wickedness in the world, and why unrighteous people seemingly get away with these things, is not something at all unique to the Twenty-First Century. The Prophet Habakkuk not only spoke against these grave sins, but even wrestled with God in dialogue as to why He somehow appears to allow them. Understanding Habakkuk is important for any Believer to have a well-rounded view […]

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The Message of Nahum

21 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

When today’s Messianic Believers approach the Book of Nahum, what do they think? In all likelihood, most of those within our broad Messianic faith community have not read, skimmed, or even opened the Book of Nahum for a good long while. I confess this of myself, as much as the rest of us. If it had not been for our Survey of the Tanach Bible study podcast started in January 2011, preceded by me putting together the summary entries on the composition of the Tanach or Old Testament books, I probably would not have read through the Book of Nahum, […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Micah

21 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

When today’s Messianic Believers think about the Book of Micah, what immediately comes into their mind? Aside from being familiar with a selection of verses like 4:1-3; 5:2; and 6:8, it is probably safe to say that the Book of Micah is something that exists in relative obscurity for a great number of contemporary Messianic people. Sitting at seven chapters, Micah is not long and overbearing like some of the other prophetic books of the Tanach. At the same time, making sure that we are all familiar with the overall themes and words of Micah, is definitely something that we […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Obadiah

21 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

The Book of Obadiah, at only twenty-one verses, is not something that a great deal of Bible readers put any amount of time into really contemplating. Unlike a short letter like Philemon, which was composed at the same time of Colossians, there is really no text that Obadiah can be amended to as a kind of “appendix.” It is easy when accessing commentaries on the Minor Prophets (also called the Twelve Prophets), to just flip over the Book of Obadiah, and not really pay any attention to what it communicated to an audience within Ancient Israel. How important is the […]

Amos

The Message of Amos

21 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

While the Book of Amos appears later in the book order of the Tanach or Old Testament, the prophetic words it contains, about what is to befall the people of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms of Israel, were actually delivered about a generation or so before those of Hosea. Today’s Messianic Believers are largely familiar with various parts of Amos’ declarations (i.e., 9:11-12), and probably repeat various statements that the Prophet makes without fully knowing it (3:3, 7). Yet, how much improvement can be made by simply reviewing a summary of its nine chapters? It is likely that while Amos […]

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The Message of Joel

21 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

Joel is one of the most important Prophets of the Tanach, not only being significant for what one understands regarding the Day of the LORD or Yom ADONAI, but also for what one expects in the Last Days regarding the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon God’s people. Perhaps because of its shortness, being only three chapters, Messianics today really do not focus a great deal of attention to Joel and his message(s) for us. In too many cases, our encounters with Joel are with a quote here or a quote there, possibly only in a song we might sing, […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Hosea

21 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

The Book of Hosea is a very intriguing text of Scripture for many within today’s Messianic movement. While the attention of many readers of the Tanach’s prophetic literature is necessarily directed toward larger books like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel—Hosea is not something that is totally left out. The Book of Hosea is not a text which is under-valued, considering the fact that it is fourteen chapters, but it is a text that is probably not considered enough for its unique time, setting, and admonitions. Understanding the whole of Hosea, and what this ancient Prophet communicated, is something which we […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Daniel

20 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Winter Holiday Helper The Book of Daniel is not only one of the most intriguing texts of the Tanach, but it also has experienced a great deal of varied, and sometimes even colorful depictions and interpretations. Many in the history of both Judaism and Christianity have had difficulty examining Daniel, not quite knowing what to make of its words and messages. Even today, Biblical scholars are not agreed as to whether Daniel depicts events that are entirely past, events that have occurred in the past with some to occur in the future, or even if the […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Esther

20 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper The Book of Esther is one of the most important books in the Bible. While Esther is commonly considered during the season of Purim, the specific concepts it communicates often go under-appreciated. Esther is much, much more than just cheering when the name “Mordecai” is mentioned or booing to “Haman” when the story is shared in the congregation, or dressing up and participating in a play. Esther gives us a snapshot of the Diaspora Jewish community following the fall of the Babylonian Empire, the complexities of the Jews having to live under Persian […]

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The Message of Ecclesiastes

20 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper The Book of Ecclesiastes is one of those texts of Scripture that people either find very uplifting, or very depressing. Some find it to be an encouraging word about their lives, and others find it to do nothing more than confirm all the negative things about human existence. If you have stayed away from Ecclesiastes in your Bible reading, not quite knowing what to do with it, then you are not alone. For over two millennia both Jews and Christians have been somewhat perplexed about this text of Scripture. It is often viewed […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Ruth

20 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper The Book of Ruth is a text that people turn to when they need to be reminded of the goodness and kindness of God’s chosen toward strangers, and how He demonstrates His faithfulness through the actions of normal people. Elements common to the human condition, including: life, death, hardness, sustenance, love, and happiness are all the things that make the story of Ruth so important to the Biblical narrative. We consider Ruth when we want to be reminded about the acceptance that God displays toward us, and how He desires us to all […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Job

20 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper The Book of Job, appearing in the Wisdom literature of the Tanach, is often a head scratching text for many people reading it. It is not easy for many people to read, but by no means should any of us avoid it. Job is unique among the books of our Holy Bible for many important reasons. And with many books of the Tanach, there are a few questions asked about its composition that we each must consider. A challenge with understanding the message of Job is that much of it is made up […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Exodus

20 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper The Book of Exodus is one of the most important, yet controversial books of the entire Bible, and certainly the most important book of the Torah. Commentator John I. Durham confidently asserts, “The Book of Exodus is the first book of the Bible.”[1] This is because without an Exodus of Israel from Egypt, there is no people to preserve and testify to the traditions regarding Creation, Noah, Abraham and the Patriarchs, and the faithfulness of God toward these individuals. In other words, without the Book of Exodus you have no Book of Genesis. […]

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The Message of Colossians and Philemon

20 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from Colossians and Philemon for the Practical Messianic a summary for Messianic teaching and preaching The Epistle of Paul to the Colossians, and most especially his letter to Philemon, are two of the most elusive texts of the Apostolic Scriptures for today’s Messianic community.[1] Our current level of engagement with Colossians is often with having to respond to Christian colleagues who quote Colossians 2:16-17 at us for being Torah observant, and we have to scramble to try to understand what is really being said. Beyond this, we really do not read Colossians. I actually find Colossians and Philemon—which were […]

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The Message of Philippians

20 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from Philippians for the Practical Messianic a summary for Messianic teaching and preaching Paul’s letter to the Philippians is my favorite book of the Bible.[1] Within this short four chapter piece of writing, we really get to see the heart of the dedicated Apostle, and how Yeshua the Messiah was absolutely everything for him. People the world over have read Philippians in good times and bad times, desiring encouragement and seeking comfort and solace—and I am no exception. When I need to understand the calling that the Lord has placed upon my life as a Bible teacher, and the […]

2 Corinthians

The Message of 2 Corinthians

20 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from 2 Corinthians for the Practical Messianic a summary for Messianic teaching and preaching While the tone, subject matter(s), and purpose of the Epistle of 1 Corinthians can elude many of today’s Messianic Believers—in no small part due to the factionalism of the Corinthians and their significant confusion—the Epistle of 2 Corinthians does not largely demonstrate the difficulties of interpretation that 1 Corinthians has.[1] Unlike much of the emotion and stirring that the Apostle Paul demonstrates toward his audience in 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians does seem to indicate that his rather direct words, refutations, and rebukes have been heeded […]

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The Message of Hebrews

2 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from Hebrews for the Practical Messianic a summary for Messianic teaching and preaching The Epistle to the Hebrews is probably the second most difficult text of the Bible for today’s Messianic Believers to really understand.[1] As many have desired to recapture a forgotten emphasis on the Hebraic and Jewish Roots of our faith, Hebrews forces us to consider a part of the First Century world that many would like to think does not really exist: the Jewish Diaspora.[2] I remember when I purchased my leather bound edition of the Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible back in 2000, and read a […]

1 Corinthians

The Message of 1 Corinthians

28 February, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from 1 Corinthians for the Practical Messianic a summary for Messianic teaching and preaching What happens when you talk about the Epistle of 1 Corinthians to any of today’s Messianic Believers?[1] Frequently, a great number of people within our Messianic faith community do not know what to do with this letter. Our engagement level with 1 Corinthians is too often limited to a verse or two quoted here or there. Do we really know what the Apostle Paul is addressing? Do we really understand the complex series of circumstances that have erupted among the Believers in Corinth? A few […]

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