Appointed Times

Messianic Sabbath Helper

7 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The instruction to remember the Sabbath is the Fourth of the Ten Commandments: “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” (Exodus 20:8-10a). The seventh-day Sabbath or Shabbat is widely associated with God’s creation of the world (Genesis 2:2-3) and the Exodus of Ancient Israel from Egypt (Deuteronomy 15:15). The Sabbath is one of the Torah’s moedim or appointed times (Leviticus 23:3). Desecration of the Sabbath actually brought judgment to […]

Ezekiel

Ezekiel 22:23-31

7 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 14 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, say to her, “You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.” There is a conspiracy of her prophets in her midst like a roaring lion tearing the prey. They have devoured lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in the midst of her. Her priests have done violence to My law and have profaned My holy things; they have made no distinction between […]

Galatians

Galatians 4:8-11

7 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 18 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.” Paul’s letter to the Galatians is […]

Appointed Times

How Do We Properly Keep Shabbat?

7 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 24 November, 2005 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper How the Messianic community is to properly keep Shabbat, or any Biblical commandment for that matter, is a mystery for many. There are many issues and questions that have to be weighed and taken into consideration when establishing a proper halachic orthopraxy for oneself, one’s congregation, and the movement as a whole. In the Jewish community, whether you are Orthodox or Conservative, keeping the seventh-day Sabbath is an important sign of who you are as a Jew. It is the sign that God gave the people of Israel from […]

Appointed Times

A Summarization of Jewish Shabbat Traditions

7 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 DECEMBER, 2016 Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper That the Jewish people have widely and faithfully observed the seventh-day Sabbath or Shabbat[1] throughout their history is a testament to God’s declaration in Exodus 31:16: ‘The Israelite people shall keep the sabbath, observing the sabbath throughout the ages as a covenant for all time[2]” (NJPS). The view of a Conservative Jewish figure like Samuel H. Dresner, in his book The Sabbath, presses how “It is one of the basic institutions of humanity—an idea with infinite potentiality, infinite power, infinite hope, perhaps, as some […]

Luke

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; […]

FAQ

Lunar Sabbath

30 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 05 MARCH, 2015 What do you think of the Lunar Sabbath theory? A lunar Sabbath is not practiced by anyone in today’s Messianic Judaism or the One Law/One Torah sub-movement, but it may be favored by people here and there on the fringes of the Two-House sub-movement. Generally speaking, those who have rejected the mainstream Jewish calendar used by the Synagogue today, and the vast majority of Messianic Jews—in favor of their own calendar[1]—are those who are open to later questioning the placement of the seventh-day Sabbath on the day of the week known on our secular calendar as […]

Genesis

Genesis 2:1-3

30 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 13 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” The issue of the seventh-day Sabbath or Shabbat, and its relevancy for God’s people living in the post-resurrection era, very much begins by evaluating different approaches and […]

Hebrews

Hebrews 4:1-10

27 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 18 DECEMBER, 2016 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, ‘As I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest’ [Psalm 95:11], although His works were […]

Sabbath

Sabbath (Shabbat)

27 January, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

A Summarization of Jewish Shabbat Traditions Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper Being Realistic About Shabbat J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper How Did We Lose the Sabbath? J.K. McKee originally posted 31 July, 2015 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper How Do We Properly Keep Shabbat? J.K. McKee originally posted 24 November, 2005 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper Is Sunday “the Lord’s Day”? J.K. McKee originally posted 28 July, 2002 reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper Our Weekly Shabbat Margaret McKee Huey and J.K. McKee reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper […]

Revelation

Revelation 1:10

18 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet.” Revelation 1:10 is a frequently referenced passage, often provided by many Christians in favor of Sunday Church being a First Century development of the Apostolic era, as it tends to be concluded that the Apostle John was shown his visions of the end-times by Yeshua the Messiah on a Sunday. There are certainly a number of Bible versions that one will encounter which offer the paraphrases, “I was in the Spirit […]

Colossians

Colossians 2:16-23

18 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day—things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Messiah. Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and […]

1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians 16:1-2

18 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the [assemblies] of Galatia, so do you also. On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.” Throughout most contemporary Christian examination, 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 has been assumed to provide a First Century, New Testament testimony (frequently in association with traditional interpretations of other passages: i.e., Acts 20:7; Revelation 1:10), to an early observance of Sunday as the time for the Messiah followers […]

Romans

Romans 14

18 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will […]

Acts

Acts 20:7

18 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight.” Acts 20:7 is frequently referenced as evidence indicating the early, First Century establishment of what would develop into “Sunday Church,” an institution likely as a replacement of, but certainly concurrent with, for the Jewish Believers, Saturday Shabbat. But when we read Acts 20:7, what is actually in view? The narrative statement actually occurs within Luke’s record of Paul having left Ephesus […]

Acts

Acts 18:1-8

18 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “After these things he left Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, having recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. He came to them, and because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and they were working, for by trade they were tent-makers. And he was reasoning in the synagogue every Sabbath and trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began devoting […]

Acts

Acts 15:19-21

18 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood. For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath.” The broad Messianic movement tends to be quite familiar with the Apostolic decree of Acts 15:19-21, the issues of the Jerusalem Council, and the controversies surrounding the […]

Acts

Acts 16:13; 17:2

16 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing that there would be a place of prayer; and we sat down and began speaking to the women who had assembled” (Acts 16:13). “And according to Paul’s custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures” (Acts 17:2). The visits of the Apostle Paul, to both Philippi and Thessalonica, are regarded as having taken place during his Second Missionary Journey (Acts 15:40-18:23).[1] Both of the communities of Messiah followers which were […]

Acts

Acts 1:12

16 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away.” The statement, “Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives (which is near Jerusalem, a Shabbat day’s journey)” (TLV), appears within the narrative of how following Yeshua’s ascension into Heaven, the party which witnessed it, returns to the city of Jerusalem. A Sabbath day’s journey is a length of distance derived from various Tanach passages (Exodus 16:29; Numbers 35:5; Joshua 3:4), specifying the permitted length that one could walk on Shabbat. The distance […]

John

John 9:1-16

16 December, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Sabbath Helper “As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?’ Yeshua answered, ‘It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.’ When […]

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