FAQ

Leviticus 18:5

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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 […]

Books & Studies

Romans for the Practical Messianic

17 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Paul’s letter to the Romans is easily discerned to be the most influential letter ever written in human history. It has had a significant impact on religious authorities, governmental authorities, and philosophies on God, human behavior, and societal order. There is no denying the great theological importance that the Epistle to the Romans has had throughout Christian history, especially since the Protestant Reformation. Romans was written against the backdrop of both the Apostle Paul setting his ministry activity westward toward Spain, and the Roman Jewish Believers returning to Rome after the Edict of Claudius, and finding that things would not […]

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 […]

FAQ

Crucifixion

17 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 05 DECEMBER, 2015 I have heard some Messianic teachers say that Yeshua was not crucified on a cross. Can you clarify this for me? This entry has been adapted from Torah In the Balance, Volume II. On the whole in the religious world today, the cross has become almost universally recognized as a symbol that identifies people with Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, as the One who was sacrificed for the sins of humanity, and subsequently resurrected from the dead. As seen in both the Apostolic Scriptures and classical antiquity, the stauros was mainly “a pole to be placed in […]

Leviticus

Shemini

16 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Shemini Eighth “Be Ye Holy” Leviticus 9:1-11:47 2 Samuel 6:1-7:17 (A); 6:1-19 (S) by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net Previously in Tzav (Leviticus 6:1[8]-8:36), Aaron and his sons were to be consecrated for seven days in order for them to be ordained into the priestly service (Leviticus 8:33). Having completed this seven-day period of cleansing and dedication, our Torah portion for this week, Shemini or “Eighth,” now begins: “Now it came about on the eighth day [b’yom ha’sh’mini] that Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel” (Leviticus 9:1). Aaron and his sons have been consecrated to God and […]

Appointed Times

Sayings of the Fathers

16 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The Mishnah tractate Pirkei Avot or Sayings of the Fathers is a compilation of wise sayings, proverbs, and anecdotes dating from the Third Century B.C.E.-Third Century C.E., forming much of the basis of ancient Jewish ethics. Many important parallels can be seen between remarks made in the Pirkei Avot and the wisdom sayings or teachings of Yeshua the Messiah, James the Just, and the Apostles Peter and Paul. In the Jewish community today, the Pirkei Avot are traditionally read and considered during the seven weeks between the festivals of Passover and Shavuot. Sayings of the Fathers: A Messianic Perspective on Pirkei […]

Appointed Times

Counting the Omer

16 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The seven-week period between the Biblical festivals of Passover and Shavuot, or Pentecost, is the season of Counting the Omer (Leviticus 23:10-16; Deuteronomy 16:9-11). Originally in the Tabernacle and Temple of Ancient Israel, the priests were to present special offerings before the Lord each day for the fifty-day count. Psalm 67 was among the hymns recited and employed to offer praise and adoration to Him. Since the destruction of the Second Temple, various Jewish traditions have been developed in order to make the seven-week or fifty-day Omer Count a very special time to focus on God, His blessings, and the […]

Appointed Times

Omer Count

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UPDATED 25 FEBRUARY, 2010 Do you follow the method of the Pharisees or Sadducees for the counting of the omer to determine Shavuot? It seems that most in the independent Messianic movement follow the counting method of the Sadducees. The counting of the omer is commanded in Leviticus 23:11, “He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it” (NASU). There were three distinct ways that this passage was interpreted among the Judaisms of the First Century: The Sadducees interpreted “the day after the Sabbath” to […]

Biblical Studies & Scriptural Reliability

You Want to Be a Pharisee

16 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 22 March, 2005 reproduced from the Messianic Torah Helper How many of you, in your quest to become Torah observant, have been accused by Christian friends or family of being a “Pharisee”?[1] How many of you have been told that you are being a hypocrite and should not only not be concerning yourself with God’s Torah, but you are falling into the same mistakes that others in the First Century Body of Messiah fell into, that the Apostle Paul countered in his epistles? Having the accusation of being a “Pharisee” is one that is not only commonly used […]

Biblical Practices & Torah Observance

The Third Commandment and the Divine Name

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POSTED 16 NOVEMBER, 2006 What is the significance and meaning of the Divine Name of God in light of the Third Commandment? When Christians today think about “the name of God,” a wide variety of possible meanings are often applied that may or may not have any root in the Scriptures.[1] When your average Christian typically thinks of God’s “name,” what he or she is actually thinking about are titles for the Supreme Deity, namely the terms “God” and “Lord.” While these titles are certainly important to respect in our conversations and reflections on the Almighty, they ultimately only describe […]

Divine Name

Sacred Name Concerns

16 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 2

revised edition originally posted 03 February, 2004 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues How many of you have been in a Messianic religious setting as of late where you have heard someone use the words God, or Lord, or even Jesus Christ—and then someone gets up and publicly chastises the person? How many of you have been told that if you do not use Hebraic names and terms for the Father and the Son that your prayers will neither be heard nor answered? How many of you have seen people forget the love and compassion of our Savior, and whose faith […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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