Leviticus 18:5

18 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 30 SEPTEMBER, 2011 Does the Torah actually teach that by keeping its commandments, a person can earn eternal life? Is it possible for a person to keep the commandments of the Torah, and as a result incur eternal life and everlasting communion with the Father? There are those throughout Jewish and Christian religious history, and even to our present time, who have thought that Leviticus 18:5—“So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them”—implies precisely this. There are certainly Christian interpreters, who would dispute this conclusion based on a […]


Mark 1:12-13; Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13

13 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 10 APRIL, 2017 This entry has been reproduced from the forthcoming book Salvation on the Line: The Nature of Yeshua and His Divinity “Immediately the Spirit impelled Him to go out into the wilderness. And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels were ministering to Him” (Mark 1:12-13). “Then Yeshua was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. And the tempter came and said […]


Mark 16:1; Matthew 28:1; Luke 24:1

2 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him” (Mark 16:1). One of the major claims present, throughout Christian history, is that the resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah taking place on the first day of the week, somehow validates a transfer of the seventh-day Sabbath to Sunday, or invalidates the institution of the seventh-day Sabbath. All three of the Synoptic Gospels have something to say about what happened regarding the timing of Yeshua’s resurrection (Mark 16:1; Matthew 28:1; […]


Luke 14:1-6

16 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “It happened that when He went into the house of one of the leaders of the Pharisees on the Sabbath to eat bread, they were watching Him closely. And there in front of Him was a man suffering from dropsy. And Yeshua answered and spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, ‘Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?’ But they kept silent. And He took hold of him and healed him, and sent him away. And He said to them, ‘Which one of you will have a son or an ox […]


Luke 13:10-17

16 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “And He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all. When Yeshua saw her, He called her over and said to her, ‘Woman, you are freed from your sickness.’ And He laid His hands on her; and immediately she was made erect again and began glorifying God. But the synagogue official, indignant because Yeshua had healed on the Sabbath, began saying to the […]


Mark 3:1-6; Matthew 12:9-14; Luke 6:6-11

16 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “He entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there whose hand was withered. They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. He said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Get up and come forward!’ And He said to them, ‘Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill?’ But they kept silent. After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to […]


Mark 2:23-28; Matthew 12:1-8; Luke 6:1-5

16 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “And it happened that He was passing through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples began to make their way along while picking the heads of grain. The Pharisees were saying to Him, ‘Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?’ And He said to them, ‘Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions became hungry; how he entered the house of God in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the consecrated bread, which is not lawful […]


Mark 1:21-22; Luke 4:16

16 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “They went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach. They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Mark 1:21-22). Mark 1:21-22 The wider setting of Yeshua teaching at the synagogue in Capernaum, is preceded with the Messiah calling out to the new disciples Simon, Andrew, James, and John, as they were fishing on the Sea of Galilee (1:16-19). These individuals immediately follow Yeshua (1:20), and going into Capernaum, it is noted how Yeshua enters […]


Luke 16:19-31

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 29 MARCH, 2011 What do those who believe in psychopannychy/soul sleep do about the parable of Lazarus and the rich man? Luke 16:19-31 is probably the third most consulted Bible passage as it concerns the discussion surrounding a disembodied afterlife prior to the resurrection. The reason this is the case is not terribly difficult to discern as it depicts what occurs to both the rich man and Lazarus after they die: “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. In Hades he lifted […]


Gospel of Luke

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from A Survey of the Apostolic Scriptures for the Practical Messianic Approximate date: late 50s to early 60s; or late 70s to early 80s Time period: establishment of a more definitive history of the ministry and teachings of Yeshua Author: Luke the doctor Location of author: Rome or Achaia Target audience and their location: Theophilus, and broad groups of Jews, Greeks, and Romans Theological Summary: The Gospel of Luke is the longest of the four Gospels, and is also the largest text within the Apostolic Scriptures. The Third Gospel is extremely thorough in its scope and appeal, as the […]


Is Being “Taken” Always a Good Thing?

24 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 1

revised edition originally posed 05 October, 2005 reproduced from When Will the Messiah Return? What is truly meant in the Scriptures by “one will be taken, and one will be left” in what many consider to be “rapture” passages? Is this being “taken” a good thing, or a bad thing? Is it a being “taken” into the clouds to meet the Lord, or is it a being “taken” to judgment? The Verses to Discuss The primary verses to discuss in relation to “one will be taken, one will be left,” are Matthew 24:37-42 and Luke 17:34-37. These verses are translated […]

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, […]