Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

27 January, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

A Light to the Nations J.K. McKee posted 11 September, 2006 A Low Hamartology J.K. McKee originally posted 13 September, 2009 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper A Messianic Perspective on Halloween J.K. McKee originally posted 01 October, 2003 reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper Approaching One Law Controversies: Sorting Through the Legalism J.K. McKee posted 26 October, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper The Christmas Challenge J.K. McKee originally posted 12 December, 2001 reproduced from the Messianic Winter Holiday Helper Dispensationalism: Root Cause of Modern Antinomianism J.K. McKee revised 02 May, 2005 Galatians 3:24-25: Are Messianic Youth Properly Trained […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

What is the Problem With Easter?

3 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 10 March, 2002 reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper It comes every Spring, usually sometime in March or April.[1] You know it because in stores you see the baskets, candy, rabbits, eggs, and the annoying fake grass that goes in those baskets. You see the Cadbury cream egg commercials on television with the rabbits gobbling like chickens. Its name is Easter. Most sincere Christians celebrate the season of Easter not as a time to fawn over rabbits or eat candy, but as a serious time to remember the resurrection of Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus). They commemorate His […]

2 Corinthians

What is the New Covenant?

3 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 26 November, 2009 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Everyone who expresses trust in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) believes that we are a part of what is commonly called “New Covenant faith.” But what is New Covenant faith? We all recognize that at the Last Supper, our Lord said, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood” (Luke 22:20). The sacrificial work of Yeshua has surely inaugurated the reality of the New Covenant, which includes complete forgiveness and permanent redemption from the power of sin, as well as people […]

1 Corinthians

What Does “Under the Law” Really Mean?–A Further Study

2 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 1

originally posted 13 June, 2011 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah In the discussion over the validity and relevance of the Torah for today’s Believers in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), there is one particular issue that is a cause of significant confusion and consternation: Is it not true that we are not under the Law?[1] No responsible Bible reader can ignore or deny what passages like Romans 6:14 communicate: “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” If we want to be honest with what the Bible tells us, […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

What Are “Works of the Law”?

2 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 11 May, 2009 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah I remember the first time I ever heard the possibility that “works of the Law” in the Pauline Epistles could be anything other than just keeping the Mosaic Torah. I disregarded it immediately. Why? Because I heard this from someone, who read an article, whose author had read an article in a theological journal, an article that had likely been misinterpreted and misrepresented. Like the game of telephone—one person gave a message, and then it had been passed down to four or five people—sounding nothing like what had […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Torah As Constitution

1 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

revised edition posted 07 August, 2005 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper In our generation, we have witnessed a profound growth and expansion of the Messianic movement. Not only have many Jewish people come to a saving knowledge of Yeshua the Messiah, but many non-Jewish Believers have embraced the richness of their Hebraic Roots and heritage in Israel. Many Believers are undeniably awakening to the deep truths of the Torah. Each of us must be disciplined in our Bible study as we apply the Torah’s mitzvot or commandments to our lives. We must seek to have a healthy reading of […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

The Third Commandment and the Divine Name

1 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 16 NOVEMBER, 2006 What is the significance and meaning of the Divine Name of God in light of the Third Commandment? When Christians today think about “the name of God,” a wide variety of possible meanings are often applied that may or may not have any root in the Scriptures.[1] When your average Christian typically thinks of God’s “name,” what he or she is actually thinking about are titles for the Supreme Deity, namely the terms “God” and “Lord.” While these titles are certainly important to respect in our conversations and reflections on the Almighty, they ultimately only describe […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Micah 4:1-3; Isaiah 2:2-4: “The Torah Will Go Forth From Zion”

31 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 May, 2010 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper ki m’Tzion teitzei Torah u’devar-ADONAI m’Yerushalayim Micah 4:1-3 and Isaiah 2:2-4 both contain a very important prophecy, speaking of the significant influence of Israel in the “end-times,” and how the nations are to be instructed from God Himself in the ways of peace. Both of these passages feature prominently within the Jewish liturgical tradition, but they have had significantly more influence in motivating faithful Jews and Christians to be active in social justice, humanitarian efforts, and in helping to foster world peace. Micah 4:1-3 and Isaiah 2:2-4 are very […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

The Song of Moses and God’s Mission for His People

31 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 June, 2008 reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper The emergence of a Messianic community that advocates, or at the very least, is more highly conscious of the promised restoration of Israel and the Hebraic Roots of the faith, asks questions that most as of today are not aware of—much less prepared to answer. Non-Jewish Believers, for example, entering into today’s Messianic movement and becoming Torah obedient, are not supposed to become Messianic so that they can feel “born again again.” They are also not designed to fill a void in people’s hearts that they feel has […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

To Eat or Not to Eat?

28 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 15 April, 2002 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper Many subjects arise when today’s Messianic Believers often talk about their faith and practice to their evangelical Christian colleagues.[1] We should try to do our best to emphasize common beliefs and convictions as they relate to who Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) is as our Savior, what He has done for us, and the richness we possess in seeing Him throughout the pages of the Tanach (Old Testament) as opposed to just the Apostolic Scriptures (New Testament).[2] Likewise, we should also emphasize the Messianic prophetic fulfillment, both past and […]

Appointed Times

Sadducees, Pharisees, and the Controversy of Counting the Omer

27 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 June, 2008 reproduced from Counting the Omer The season between Passover and Unleavened Bread, and the Feast of Weeks or Shavuot, can be one of the most difficult times for various persons and assemblies within the Messianic community. While this is supposed to be a very special and sacred time, a great number of debates certainly rage over Passover. Some of the most obvious debates among Messianics occur over the differences between Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewish halachah. Do we eat lamb or chicken during the seder meal? What grains are “kosher for Passover”? Can egg matzos be […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Approaching One Law Controversies: Sorting Through the Legalism

26 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper Today’s broad Messianic movement has many admirable qualities for which it should feel most spiritually gratified.[1] The Messianic movement has been used mightily by the Lord to see many Jewish people come to saving faith in Messiah Yeshua (Christ Jesus), and it has also helped many evangelical Christians appreciate their Hebraic and Jewish Roots and the Torah. The Messianic movement definitely stands against the common, yet errant thought in much of modern Christian theology, that the Law of Moses was exclusively for the era prior to the Messiah, and has now been nullified with […]

Appointed Times

Introducing the Biblical Appointments

25 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from Introduction to Things Messianic Why are holidays important? A holiday, as we call it in English, is defined by The American Heritage Dictionary as “A day on which custom or the law dictates a halt to ordinary business to commemorate or celebrate a particular event.” Another definition is very simply, “A holy day,” meaning a day set aside to remember something religious.[1] The holidays that we find in the Holy Scriptures give us a great opportunity as Believers to commemorate Biblical history and the work of our Messiah. In the opening verses of Leviticus 23, we are told, […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Matthew 23:2-3: Who Sits in the Seat of Moses?

24 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 18 July, 2013 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper There is no doubting, that when one surveys much of the broad Messianic movement, that there are some significant issues which not only divide us, but which spur on some strong emotions. One passage in the Gospel of Matthew frequently stirs vehement emotions, from all sides of the theological and ideological spectrum: Matthew 23:2-3. These verses appear within a much larger section of Matthew’s Gospel, Matthew 23:1-36, which is hardly an easy passage for Bible readers to encounter and evaluate. For much of Christian history, even extending into the […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Is Sunday “the Lord’s Day”?

21 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 28 July, 2002 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper It appears on countless church bulletins, newsletters, and is frequently referred to by many Christians, both Protestants and Catholics. It is “the Lord’s Day,” believed to be Sunday when most Christians believe that Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) was resurrected from the dead.[1] Because of Yeshua resurrecting from the dead on this day, Christians assemble in worship, some to obey the Forth Commandment: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12). Other Christians believe that the Fourth Commandment has been annulled and are of the […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Matthew 5:17-19: Has the Law Been Fulfilled?

20 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 12 January, 2010 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah MATTHEW 5:17-19 – ENGLISH Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same […]

Appointed Times

The Last Seder and Yeshua’s Passover Chronology

19 October, 2016 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 […]

Appointed Times

A Summarization of Sukkot Traditions

17 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper The festival of Sukkot or Tabernacles (also commonly called Booths) begins on 15 Tishri and is intended to commemorate the time that the Ancient Israelites spent in the wilderness after the Exodus. Images of the post-Exodus period, God wanting Israel to remember what happened in the desert, and perhaps most importantly the need for His people to physically be reminded of His desire to commune with them, are all themes that are seen throughout one’s observance. The Feast of Tabernacles was considered to be so important in the […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Is Circumcision for Everyone?

13 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 May, 2004 reproduced from Torah In the Balance, Volume II When today’s Christians think about the physical circumcision of males, they often do not know what do to. While on the one hand, it is properly acknowledged that Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) was circumcised, as were His Jewish Disciples, on the other hand it is frequently thought that physical circumcision—perhaps in any capacity—is not really that important any more. For myself, I remember the first day of the first course I took at Asbury Theological Seminary in 2005, Kingdom, Church, & World, and how the instructor showed […]

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