1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

16 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 21 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members […]

1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians 10:14-33

16 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 21 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; you judge what I say. Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Messiah? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Messiah? Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread. Look at the nation Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar? What do I mean then? That a […]

FAQ

Cheese, Kosher

10 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 SEPTEMBER, 2014 What is the whole issue of eating cheese that is “kosher”? One set of opinions I read says that most processed cheese is not kosher, and another set of opinions says most processed cheese is just fine. Curdling animal milk to make cheese is one of the oldest practices in human culinary history, and was something certainly found in the Ancient Near Eastern diet of Ancient Israel, as well as the Mediterranean diet of Second Temple Judaism and its Diaspora. While cheeses have been produced by the Jewish community for centuries, the issue of procuring cheese […]

Galatians

Galatians 2:11-14

8 May, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 22 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision. The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to […]

FAQ

Alcohol

26 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 12 SEPTEMBER, 2014 What is the appropriate way for me to approach the issue of drinking alcohol, not only in terms of Biblical ethics, but also in terms of the whole issue of “kosher”? In much of contemporary Christianity, there are ongoing debates between those who think that the Bible completely prohibits the consumption of alcohol, those who think that it is does not but that people should not drink alcohol, and those who think that the Bible permits people to drink alcohol in moderation.[1] It is undeniable from reading either the Hebrew or Greek Scriptures that wine was […]

FAQ

Mushrooms, Kosher

20 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 SEPTEMBER, 2014 Are mushrooms “kosher”? On occasion, more often than not in the independent sectors of the Messianic community and/or Hebrew/Hebraic Roots world, one will hear a claim made from time to time that mushrooms, and by association various other fungi, are non-kosher. Much of this relates to how mushrooms reproduce. Yet, one need not go too far to realize that mushrooms are a feature of traditional Jewish cooking. This means that at one point in history, Jewish religious authorities decided that mushrooms, even if they do not bear seed (cf. Genesis 1:29) in the more customary sense, […]

Kosher

Our Family Experiences Going Kosher

14 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 DECEMBER, 2016 by Margaret Huey I was born into a very typical American Southern Protestant family in the 1950s in the town of Annapolis, Maryland. My parents, Bill and Mary Ruth, were both from the Deep South (Alabama and Georgia, respectively), where food has always been an important part of daily living and family gatherings. I grew up to love this Southern cuisine from my childhood that always seemed to include pork or pork drippings in it! We ate pork chops, pork loins, ham steaks, ham hocks, pork sausage links, pork sausage patties, pork rolls, and, of course, […]

Acts

Acts 10:1-48

14 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 1

POSTED 21 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “Now there was a man at Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian cohort, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually. About the ninth hour of the day he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God who had just come in and said to him, ‘Cornelius!’ And fixing his gaze on him and being much alarmed, he said, ‘What is it, Lord?’ And he said to […]

Kosher

Mark 7:1-23

14 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 21 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “The Pharisees and some of the scribes gathered around Him when they had come from Jerusalem, and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with impure hands, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they carefully wash their hands, thus observing the traditions of the elders; and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they cleanse themselves; and there are many other things which they have received in order to observe, such as the […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

How Do We Properly Keep Kosher?

14 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 15 April, 2002 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper Eating is something that every human being must do for survival. Without the ingestion of food into our bodies, we will not receive the nutrients that we require to continue living. It may come as a surprise to many of you, but there is no specific commandment in the Bible “to eat.” The fact that people will eat is already assumed by the Biblical authors. However, simply because there is no command “to eat” does not mean that God does not have some specific instructions on how His people […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

To Eat or Not to Eat?

14 April, 2017 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 […]

Books & Studies

Messianic Kosher Helper

10 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

When the subject of kosher, kashrut, or the dietary instructions of the Torah or the Law of Moses come up in various contemporary Messianic settings, there can be a tendency for some strong emotions to arise. The broad Messianic spectrum represents a diversity of views on “kosher”—ranging from the dietary laws being abolished and only to be observed as a part of Jewish culture, to people advocating a strict adherence to many Orthodox Jewish rulings and practices, to a kosher style diet where people mainly avoid pork and shellfish. At times, there has been an over-amount of attention given to […]

Kosher

Dietary Laws (Kosher)

27 January, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

KOSHER A Summarization of Jewish Kosher Traditions Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper Being Realistic About Kosher J.K. McKee posted 08 December, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper Biblically Kosher? Rabbinic Kosher? J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper Genesis 9:3-7: Why Meat? J.K. McKee originally posted 01 February, 2009 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper How Do We Properly Keep Kosher? J.K. McKee originally posted 15 April, 2002 reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper Is Eating Kosher Really Healthier? J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper Our Family Experiences Going […]

1&2 Peter

1 Peter 1:14-16

22 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY’ [Leviticus 11:44, 45; 19:2; 20:7].” Initially, within the themes encountered in the opening verses of the Epistle of 1 Peter, it would quantitatively seem that issues pertaining to the dietary instructions of the Torah are completely missing. Indeed, in writing to his audience mainly spread across Asia Minor (1:1), […]

Hebrews

Hebrews 13:9-10

22 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited. We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.” Hebrews 13:9-10 is a frequently referenced passage, alongside of Mark 7, Acts chs. 10 and 11, Romans 14, Colossians 2:16-17, or 1 Timothy 4:1-5, to claim that the kosher dietary laws of the Torah are a thing of the previous, pre-resurrection era.[1] Most […]

Hebrews

Hebrews 9:8-10

22 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle is still standing, which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience, since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation.” Hebrews 9:8-10, and its mentioning of “foods” (brōmasin), is a frequently referenced passage in various Christian theological works as a support to assert that the […]

Kosher

Titus 1:14-16

22 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “[N]ot paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth. To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.” 1:14[1] What the troublemakers in Crete are said to have been pushing were “Jewish myths or…merely human commands” (TNIV). This would not be referring to the Torah itself, nor […]

1&2 Timothy

1 Timothy 4:1-5

22 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Kosher Helper “But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of […]

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