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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 […]

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The Last Seder and Yeshua’s Passover Chronology

27 March, 2017 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 […]

FAQ

Passover, Traditional Seder Meal

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 23 FEBRUARY, 2010 Where did the traditions from the seder meal employed during Passover come from? Obviously, the Torah itself issues some specific commands concerning the observance of the Passover. There were some specific commandments relating to the first Passover, the deliverance from Egypt, which included slaughtering a lamb and spreading its blood upon the doorposts of the house, and eating the meal in haste, as the Ancient Israelites were preparing to leave (Exodus 12). Passover or Pesach is codified as one of the appointed times in Leviticus 23, and regulations on how to observe it in the Promised […]

FAQ

Passover, Objections to the Last Supper

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 24 FEBRUARY, 2010 Is it true that there are some substantial objections to the Last Supper being a Passover meal? If there are any, how do you respond to these arguments? There are some objections that are commonly made to the Last Supper being a Passover meal, but very few of them are made in light of Yeshua’s words to His Disciples: “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (Luke 22:15). According to the Messiah, the meal that He ate with His Disciples was the Passover, and what may appear to be divergent […]

FAQ

Passover, Egg on Seder Plate

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 17 APRIL, 2006 Why do Jews have an egg on their seder plates? Does this not come from Easter? The egg on the seder plate at Passover is a post-Second Temple Rabbinical addition. The roasted egg or beitzah in most Jewish traditions symbolizes the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart. We would speculate that after the destruction of the Temple and the Dispersion of the Jewish people from the Land of Israel, new traditions were added to Passover to compensate for the loss of no longer observing it in the appointed place. New debates likely arose as Jews were spread abroad […]

FAQ

Passover, Eating Lamb

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 16 APRIL, 2006 Should we eat lamb as Messianics during Passover? Is it true that the Jews do not eat lamb during Passover? It is notable that there are divergent practices among the Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jewish communities as it relates to Passover and whether or not lamb is allowed to be eaten. Ashkenazic Jewry (Northern, Central, and Eastern European) does not eat lamb at Passover. This is based on the Biblical command, “You are not allowed to sacrifice the Passover in any of your towns which the LORD your God is giving you; but at the place where […]

FAQ

Leavening Agents

25 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 14 APRIL, 2006 How can I determine what is, and what is not, kosher for the Passover season? One of the major Biblical injunctions concerning Passover is to eat unleavened bread for seven days, remembering the bread of haste that the Ancient Israelites had to eat as they left Egypt (Deuteronomy 16:3). By extension, not only does the command pertain to eating unleavened bread, but it is a week-long prohibition against eating anything with leavening agents. This has been interpreted and applied in different ways, with some divergent halachah, in the Jewish community over the centuries. The Talmud, for […]

Church History

Communion

27 September, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

Do you think that Messianic congregations should practice communion with bread and wine on a regular basis? I have noticed that some do, and some do not. When Paul writes the Corinthians, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26), he delivers this instruction in the context of speaking to them about the yearly Passover meal (cf. 1 Corinthians 5:8-9). Many over the centuries, though, having been separated from the Hebraic Roots of our faith, have interpreted this as relating to the sacrament of communion. […]

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Haggadah for Messianic Believers — Leader’s Guide

12 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

A Passover haggadah for Messianic Believers, specifically intended for home Passover commemorations lasting between 3-4 hours. This edition is intended to be used by the host of the Passover Seder.   Haggadah for Messianic Believers is available via in both paperback and eBook for Amazon Kindle

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Haggadah for Messianic Believers

11 August, 2016 messianicapologetics 0

A Passover haggadah for Messianic Believers, specifically intended for home Passover commemorations lasting between 3-4 hours   Haggadah for Messianic Believers is available via in both paperback and eBook for Amazon Kindle