Appointed Times

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 […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Approaching One Law Controversies: Sorting Through the Legalism

31 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 25 OCTOBER, 2016 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 […]

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. […]



19 March, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

V’yakheil He assembled “Actions Speak Louder Than Words” Exodus 35:1-38:20 1 Kings 7:40-50 (A); 7:13-26 (S) by Mark Huey By the time we arrive at this week’s Torah portion, V’yakheil, we discover that it encapsulates a description of the actions of Ancient Israel, as the people collectively fulfill the requirements for the Tabernacle construction which was the subject of the previous Terumah (Exodus 27:20-30:10) and Tetzaveh (Exodus 30:11-34:35) readings. Without any hesitation, the text reminds us about the commandment to take a Sabbath rest, even in the midst of the Israelites building of the Tabernacle and producing the various […]


Ki Tisa

12 March, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Ki Tisa When you take “Compassion Personified” Exodus 30:11-34:35 1 Kings 18:1-39 (A); 18:20-39 (S) by Mark Huey This week’s Torah portion is entitled Ki Tisa, and we see how the Israelites continue to receive instruction from God via Moses, who continues to remain on Mount Sinai. For the past two weeks in Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19) and Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10), we have seen much instruction regarding the Tabernacle service and how different offerings were to be contributed toward its construction. Now, additional instructions are given, including: taking a census,[1] a laver for proper cleansing at the Tent of Meeting,[2] […]



5 March, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Tetzaveh You shall command “Set-Apart Unto Him” Exodus 27:20-30:10 Ezekiel 43:10-27 by Mark Huey This week’s Torah portion, Tetzaveh, is in many respects a continuation of the previous reading, Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19), where the willing heart contributions for the materials needed for the construction of the Tabernacle and its accouterments were freely given. Now that the various elements have been offered and gathered, certain individuals gifted with “the spirit of wisdom,” ruach chokmah, begin the crafting of different aspects of what the Lord required for Ancient Israel to approach Him in worship: “Then bring near to yourself Aaron your […]



26 February, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Terumah Contribution “The Heart of the Matter” Exodus 25:1-27:19 1 Kings 5:26-6:13 by Mark Huey This week’s Torah portion, Terumah, details the construction of the Tabernacle which the glory of God occupied during the Ancient Israelites’ journey through the wilderness. This temporary dwelling place was used by Israel until the First Temple was constructed in Jerusalem by King Solomon. As you read through the details of the Tabernacle’s materials and its construction, you can marvel at the minute particulars that come forth from the instructions of the Master Builder. The finest natural materials are utilized, which are all thought […]


Exodus 3:1-16

21 February, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

This entry has been reproduced from the forthcoming book Salvation on the Line: The Nature of Yeshua and His Divinity “Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said, ‘I must turn aside now and see this […]



19 February, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Mishpatim Rulings “Rules Unto Others” Exodus 21:1-24:18 Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26 by Mark Huey As we turn to Mishpatim this week, we are reminded that the Israelites have just received the Ten Commandments and have heard the terrifying voice of the Lord as He shook Mount Sinai. We recall that the Israelites were so frightened by the sound of God’s voice, that they requested that Moses be their exclusive intermediary to receive the further instructions about how to conduct their lives. As they trembled at a distance, the fear was so great that they thought they would die if they […]



12 February, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Yitro Jethro “Divine Service Toward Others” Exodus 18:1-20:23[26] Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6[6-7] (A); 6:1-13 (S) by Mark Huey This week we continue our examination of the Book of Exodus, coming to a Torah portion that includes one of the most significant sections in the entire Bible, as we witness God giving His people the Ten Commandments. After some of the initial trials of the journey into the wilderness as considered last week in B’shalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16), with a lack of water and food, and a battle with the Amalekites—in Yitro the people of Israel come to the base of Mount […]



5 February, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

B’shalach After he had let go “An Ancient and Current Foe” Exodus 13:17-17:16 Judges 4:4-5:31 (A); 5:1-31 (S) by Mark Huey This week’s Torah portion, B’shalach, is another excellent example of how important it is for us as Believers to really take the messages of Moses’ Teaching quite seriously. God lets the enemies of Israel harass His people in any generation. Whether it be the Ancient Amalekites who attacked Israel in the early days of the Exodus sojourn, or various evil forces that try to attack moves of the Spirit of God as we approach Yeshua’s return: the imperative […]


Exodus 23:19; 34:26

19 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “You shall bring the choice first fruits of your soil into the house of the LORD your God. You are not to boil a young goat in the milk of its mother” (Exodus 23:19). “You shall bring the very first of the first fruits of your soil into the house of the LORD your God. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk” (Exodus 34:26). One piece of Torah legislation, which is twice issued in Exodus 23:19 and 34:26, is something from which a significant amount of traditional Jewish kosher application […]


Exodus 35:1-3

13 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “Then Moses assembled all the congregation of the sons of Israel, and said to them, ‘These are the things that the LORD has commanded you to do: For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy day, a sabbath of complete rest to the LORD; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. You shall not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the sabbath day.’” Previously in Exodus (31:12-17), the Israelites were told about the need to rest on the […]


Exodus 31:12-17

13 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, “You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you. Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. For six days work may be done, […]


Exodus 23:12; 34:21

13 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “Six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you shall cease from labor so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female slave, as well as your stranger, may refresh themselves” (Exodus 23:12). “You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during plowing time and harvest you shall rest” (Exodus 34:21). Two, seemingly miscellaneous instructions about the weekly Sabbath, appear in Exodus 23:12 and Exodus 34:21, within the Torah portions Mishpatim (Exodus 21:21-24-18) and Ki Tisa (Exodus […]


Exodus 20:8-11

13 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “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, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day […]


Exodus 16:22-30

13 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “Now on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. When all the leaders of the congregation came and told Moses, then he said to them, ‘This is what the LORD meant: Tomorrow is a sabbath observance, a holy sabbath to the LORD. Bake what you will bake and boil what you will boil, and all that is left over put aside to be kept until morning.’ So they put it aside until morning, as Moses had ordered, and it did not become foul nor was there any […]


Exodus, route of

3 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 21 FEBRUARY, 2010 What do you think is the correct route of the Exodus taken by the Ancient Israelites? The challenge that Biblical scholars have had regarding the route of the Exodus has varied facets to it. While there are certainly some specific details given to us in the Torah of Ancient Israel’s trek from Egypt to Mount Sinai (Exodus chs. 14-19; Numbers 33), too frequently this is more of a list of obscure place names that no longer exist than anything else. While everyone can be agreed that the Israelites moved in territory that today composes the countries […]


Exodus, Pharaoh who did not know Joseph

3 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 19 FEBRUARY, 2010 Exodus 1:8 says that a Pharaoh came to power in Egypt who did not know Joseph. How is this possible when the final part of Genesis says that Joseph was made second only to Pharaoh? How did the Israelites find themselves enslaved by Egypt? Genesis 41:40-43 neatly summarizes the position that the Pharaoh of Egypt gave to Joseph: “‘You shall be over my house, and according to your command all my people shall do homage; only in the throne I will be greater than you.’ Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘See, I have set you over all […]


Exodus, numbers of

2 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 21 FEBRUARY, 2010 What can you tell me about the controversy surrounding the numbers of the Exodus? Whether one is aware of it or not, there has been considerable discussion over the past century regarding the numbers of the Exodus, and hence the population of Ancient Israel in the wilderness. This is not a liberal discussion or a conservative discussion, exclusively. Both liberals and conservatives, Jewish and Christian scholars, have expressed various opinions about the meanings of the population of Israel as seen in both Exodus 12 in Numbers 1. NIDB offers a summation of the traditional view: “The […]

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