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 […]

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

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 […]

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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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A Summarization of Yom Kippur Traditions

9 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement occurs ten days after Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShanah, and is considered to be the most holy day of the year in Judaism. It occurs on the tenth of Tishri on the Hebrew calendar, and is considered to be a High Sabbath or Shabbat shabaton: “This shall be a permanent statute for you: in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall humble your souls and not do any work, whether the native, or the alien who sojourns among […]

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How Did We Lose the Sabbath?

4 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 31 July, 2015 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper When many of us think about some of the most significant theological debates of the past three of five decades, we are probably immediately drawn into thinking about conservatives and liberals sparring over the reliability of the Holy Scriptures, creationists and evolutionists fighting about the origins of humankind, Scripturalists and cultists warring over the Divinity of Yeshua, and most recently the controversy that has been rising up over homosexuality and gay marriage.[1] How many of us are consciously aware that there has been a debate ensuing among evangelical Christians, […]

Appointed Times

A Summarization of Yom Teruah/Rosh HaShanah Traditions

2 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 3

Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper Yom Teruah or Rosh HaShanah is the first of the Fall appointed times, and it begins a very serious season of personal reflection and repentance for the individual, leading up to Yom Kippur. It occurs on the first of Tishri on the Hebrew calendar, and along with Yom Kippur, constitutes one of the most sacred times for the Jewish community. The instruction for this day appears twice in the Torah, in Leviticus 23:23-25 and Numbers 29:1-6: “Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the sons of […]

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What Does “Under the Law” Really Mean?

30 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 1

originally posted 01 August, 2003 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper Those of you who have been in the Messianic community for any elongated period of time know that we can be a controversial group of people.[1] Those of us who were raised in mainstream Christianity and have now joined Messianic congregations have questioned much of what we were taught in the past, testing it against Scripture. While today’s Christianity did indeed give us a foundational grounding in the Word of God, and thankfully and gratefully presented us the gospel of salvation available in Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), it […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Genesis 9:3-7: Why Meat?

29 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

originally posted 01 February, 2009 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper GENESIS 9:3-7 – ENGLISH Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man. As for […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Dispensationalism: Root Cause of Modern Antinomianism

22 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

REVISED 02 MAY, 2005 The Messianic community today faces some strong theological challenges. While we are trying to develop a coherent orthodoxy relating to the correct beliefs and practices in relationship to the prophesied, greater restoration of Israel—we face external difficulties from popular Christian belief systems which directly relate to how a person reads and interprets Scripture. The two systems that are in direct opposition to the premise that all born again Believers are a part of the Commonwealth of Israel, and they should live as a part of Israel, are those of replacement theology and dispensationalism. Replacement theology, widely […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

The Christmas Challenge

16 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 12 December, 2001 reproduced from the Messianic Winter Holiday Helper No matter who you are or what religious ideology you hold to, the Winter holiday season involving Christmas will be a challenge.[1] It is first a challenge to non-Believers as they are continually presented with the message of the birth of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) into a world that is lost in sin. Secondly, the Christmas holiday is a challenging time for many Christians who seek to remember the birth of our Savior, but at the same time all too often indulge themselves in overly frivolous gift-giving. […]

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A Messianic Perspective on Halloween

15 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 October, 2003 reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper By mid-to-late Summer, you can now go to your local store while grocery shopping and see it advertised. You can now buy your decorations and costumes for this holiday much earlier than ever before. The advertising and marketing involved for this holiday is beyond that of what Christmas was in the past. Halloween has become a very formidable holiday, a huge money maker for confectioners and the entertainment industry alike. It has also been responsible for many people being introduced to the occult and considering witchcraft and spiritism […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

A Low Hamartology

14 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 13 September, 2009 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper What is the problem with holding to a low theology of sin (hamartology), and how do we see this problem fixed? I had a very interesting dream the other night, but before I begin, let me say something: I don’t have dreams. This does not mean that I am not spiritual, it just means that the Lord usually communicates to me through prayer or His Word. This dream, however, was pretty interesting. It involved me consciously picking up various books and commentaries in my library, and closely examining and […]

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A Light to the Nations

13 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 11 SEPTEMBER, 2006 As Messianic Believers, we give an incredible amount of attention to the teachings of the Torah and Tanach. Every week in Messianic fellowships and congregations, the weekly Torah and Haftarah readings are considered that should bring great depth and dimension to our faith. We are called to consider the history of Ancient Israel, its deliverance through the wilderness by God, and the mission that God has for His people. When we examine what the Torah says, we are forced to see that the world that we live in today is sinful, is rife with problems, and […]

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