Ancient Israel

Addressing the Frequently Avoided Issues Messianics Encounter in the Torah

19 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 04 September, 2008 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper Focusing on God’s instructions in the Torah is an undeniable part of not only the Messianic lifestyle, but also the Messianic experience. Ever since the return of the Jewish exiles from Babylon, the public reading of the Torah to instruct God’s people on what was acceptable and unacceptable behavior has been a regular practice (Nehemiah 7:73-8:12). This is something that is also witnessed in the Apostolic Scriptures (Luke 4:16-17; Acts 13:15) and continues in the traditions of today’s Jewish Synagogue. The repetition of hearing Moses’ Teaching is important for men […]

FAQ

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 […]

Romans

Romans 11:6

17 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Romans 11:6: Grace is no longer on the basis of works. “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.” The pastor’s remark “Grace is no longer on the basis of works,” seems most out of place for people who are truly familiar with the overall Biblical narrative, reading the Scriptures holistically—because it seems to originate from the assumption that “grace” was something that people had to actually earn in the pre-resurrection era. Is our pastor trying to get his […]

Romans

Romans 7:4

17 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Romans 7:4: We were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ. “Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Messiah, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.” What is really being said by the pastor in the statement, “We were made to die to the Law…”? The implication that is probably asserted, offering Romans 7:4 as substantiation, is that the Apostle Paul […]

Books & Studies

Torah In the Balance, Volume II

14 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The views expressed and practices witnessed, regarding the place of God’s Torah in the life of contemporary Messianic Believers, are more likely to cause tension for far too many people—than facilitate any sense of spiritual fulfillment, much less relief. There is little doubting the fact that as a widely mixed group of people, from both Jewish and Christian backgrounds, that each man and woman within the Messianic community brings both positive and negative things into the assembly. When it comes to the issue of Torah observance, the spectrum of views and practices has been too often polarized between an Orthodox […]

Books & Studies

Torah In the Balance, Volume I

14 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The Messianic movement largely advocates that the Torah or Pentateuch is relevant instruction for Believers today, and that modern Christianity has too often ignored God’s revelation in the Tanach or Old Testament—not benefiting from this dismissal. Yet the subject of “Torah observance” can often be a point of contention, not only between the Messianic and Christian communities, but even internally among Messianics. Why is this the case? Do we have to be negative about this? Is it possible that people claiming to be Torah observant do not often know why the Law of Moses is to instruct and teach today’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Appointed Times

Messianic Winter Holiday Helper

11 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The Winter holiday season is frequently a conflicted time of year for many people in today’s Messianic movement. On the one hand, most Messianic Believers do not celebrate the holiday of Christmas on December 25, due to some of its pre-Christian origins and questionable traditions. On the other hand, the birth of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) is a Biblical event which we all must acknowledge in some way. Furthermore, during this same Winter season, the Jewish community commemorates the Festival of Dedication or Chanukah. What is a Messianic Believer to do? The Messianic Winter Holiday Helper is a valuable […]

FAQ

Torah, Before Mount Sinai (Abraham)

11 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 02 SEPTEMBER, 2011 I have heard many Messianic Believers claim that the Torah existed before Mount Sinai, and that Abraham kept it. To what degree is this actually true? This entry has been adapted from the paperback edition of The New Testament Validates Torah When the Instruction of God was finally codified, it was given to the people of Ancient Israel. But torah as God’s Teaching, contrary to what many contemporary Christians might know, certainly pre-dated Mount Sinai. Genesis 26:5 affirms how the Patriarch Abraham “obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.” The […]

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 […]

Galatians

Galatians 2:16

10 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 JANUARY, 2017 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Galatians 2:16: By the works of the Law shall no flesh be justified. “[N]evertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Messiah Yeshua, even we have believed in Messiah Yeshua, so that we may be justified by faith in Messiah and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified.” The pastor correctly says, “By works of the Law shall no flesh be justified.” Whether we look at […]

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 […]

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 […]

Books & Studies

The New Testament Validates Torah

4 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The New Testament Validates Torah is a study that all Messianic Believers need, especially in the current season of considerable growth and expansion in which our broad faith community finds itself. On the whole, today’s Messianic movement holds that the Torah or the Law of Moses remains valid instruction for God’s people, and that Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) did not come to abolish or do away with it (Matthew 5:17-19). Yet throughout much of Christian history, many theologians have argued that the Law has been rendered inoperative, and/or that it was only to be followed by those in the […]

Galatians

Galatians 3:24 & 25

4 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Galatians 3:24: The Law is our tutor to lead us to Christ. “Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Messiah, so that we may be justified by faith.” The pastor we are examining is correct when he asserts, “The Law is our tutor to lead us to Christ,” citing Galatians 3:24 as evidence. The challenge with his assertion, though, is not in the need for the Torah’s instruction—and our widespread human inability to keep it—to reveal our sin and point us to the Messiah and the eternal redemption […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

Galatians 3:23-25: Are Messianic Youth Properly Trained in the Torah and All the Scriptures?

31 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 14 July, 2008 reproduced from Galatians for the Practical Messianic When we consider Paul’s description of the Torah as serving as a pedagogue, some difficult questions are asked of us as Believers considering whether or not any of us were actually trained in the basics of the Torah. If Paul intends the Torah to serve as a pedagogue for all, or at least most, who come to faith in Yeshua, what is this to say about Christians—and also Messianics—today? Are any of us properly trained in the Torah? What role does the Torah play in showing us our […]

Ephesians

Ephesians 2:14-15

29 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 12 JANUARY, 2017 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Pastor: Ephesians 2:14-15: The Law was abolished in the flesh of Christ. “For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace.” Ephesians 2:14-15 are challenging verses for many within the Messianic movement, with few being able to even respond to the pastor’s remark “The Law […]

Torah

Validity of Torah

27 January, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Matthew 5:17 John 1:17 Romans 3:20 Romans 3:28 Romans 4:5 Romans 6:14 Romans 6:23 Romans 7:4 Romans 8:2 & 3 Romans 10:4 Romans 11:6 1 Corinthians 6:12 1 Corinthians 10:23 2 Corinthians 3:14 Galatians 2:16 Galatians 3:13 Galatians 3:24 & 25 Ephesians 2:8-9 Ephesians 2:14-15 Philippians 3:9 Colossians 2:14 1 Timothy 1:9 2 Timothy 1:9 Titus 3:5 & 7 Titus 3:9 Hebrews 7:12 & 18-19 Hebrews 8:13 Hebrews 10:1 Hebrews 10:9 What is the New Covenant? J.K. McKee originally posted 26 November, 2009 reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah Matthew 5:17-18: Has the Law Been Fulfilled? J.K. McKee originally […]

Torah

How Do You Become Torah Observant?

12 January, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from The New Testament Validates Torah In the pages of this book, many of you have just been challenged in your walk of faith on some level. If you are a Messianic Believer—whether you are Jewish or non-Jewish—you have doubtlessly been told that your pursuit of a Torah obedient walk of faith is in error by Christian family, friends, or various colleagues. This publication has provided you with a great deal of information that will help you to counter their claims in a scholastic, fair-minded, and above all loving-constructive way. If you are an evangelical Christian who has been […]

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