The Last Seder and Yeshua’s Passover Chronology – Part 2 – 16 March, 2018
While Yeshua certainly held a Passover seder with His Disciples, there can be no doubting that it was not just a simple retelling of the Exodus story—with a few snippets here and there about His ministry. The very reason the Lord was so eager to have this meal with His Disciples, was to explain to them important realities about the Kingdom of Heaven.
Kosher as Holiness – 16 March, 2018
Responding to “Jesus Christ gave us a new law of love to replace the laws of the Old Testament.” – 15 March, 2018
Moses Will Be Like God – 15 March, 2018
Exodus 4:14-17; 7:1-5
Kosher and Torah-Based “Means of Grace” – 14 March, 2018
Today’s Messianic community, because of its undeniable connection to its Jewish theological and spiritual heritage, will emphasize various physical actions of God’s people, that today’s evangelical Protestantism not only considers unnecessary, but will backhandedly dismiss. Yet, once you start attending a Messianic congregation or fellowship on Shabbat, it is not difficult to be exposed to questions about eating what is considered clean or unclean, and various tactile objects such as prayer shawls or the mezuzah, which obviously have importance for not just the Torah or Law of Moses, but also Jewish heritage.
Is Polygamy for Today? The Case Against Polygamy – Part 3 – 14 March, 2018
Is Polygamy for Today? The Case Against Polygamy – Part 2 – 13 March, 2018
Is Polygamy for Today? The Case Against Polygamy – Part 1 – 13 March, 2018
Men and Women in the Body of Messiah: Answering 50 Crucial Questions – Part 8 – 12 March, 2018
Men and Women in the Body of Messiah: Answering 50 Crucial Questions – Part 7 – 12 March, 2018
Men and Women in the Body of Messiah: Answering 50 Crucial Questions – Part 5 – 08 March, 2018
Men and Women in the Body of Messiah: Answering 50 Crucial Questions – Part 4 – 08 March, 2018
Men and Women in the Body of Messiah: Answering 50 Crucial Questions – Part 3 – 06 March, 2018
Men and Women in the Body of Messiah: Answering 50 Crucial Questions – Part 2 – 06 March, 2018
The Last Seder and Yeshua’s Passover Chronology – Part 1 – 05 March, 2018
What kind of issues present themselves when the Passover season arrives? Would you believe that there are some people in the Messianic community today who do not believe that the Last Supper was a real, or even a kind-of, seder meal? How many of you have been engulfed in the argument that we need to do exactly what Yeshua did, and not any “traditions of men,” making Passover a bit unexciting? While there are longstanding disagreements on halachah between the Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewish traditions on what is kosher for Passover, think about some of the new Messianic disagreements that have arisen on what actually took place in those days leading up to Yeshua’s betrayal and execution. How long is three days and three nights? Was the Messiah really crucified, or put to death another away? And this is only a short list of what often gets discussed…
A Prohibition on Eating Blood – 05 March, 2018
Men and Women in the Body of Messiah: Answering 50 Crucial Questions – Part 1 – 02 March, 2018
The Effect of Mysticism and Gnosticism on the Messianic Movement – Part 3 – 02 March, 2018
If there is any lesson to be learned by the present infestation of mystical and Gnostic-esque ideas in the Messianic movement, it is that we must reexamine ourselves to make sure that we have the proper motivations for being where we are today. Are we truly here so that we can become more Messiah-like, and grow and mature in our faith? Are we here so that we can be a better testimony to others? How well do we truly know the Bible in its full context, with an understanding of Hebrew and Greek linguistics and the history behind it? How well do we understand the errant influences in the First Century ekklēsia? More than anything else, how can we have the spiritual discernment to determine truth and error?
The Effect of Mysticism and Gnosticism on the Messianic Movement – Part 2 – 01 March, 2018
Examining the varied and complex religious backgrounds of those coming into the assembly of faith in the First Century C.E. can be confusing for some, but recognizing it is necessary for properly understanding much of the setting of the Apostolic Scriptures or New Testament.
The Effect of Mysticism and Gnosticism on the Messianic Movement – Part 1 – 01 March, 2018
The Jewish mystical tradition and associated ideas and beliefs, have notably never had a huge foothold within mainstream Synagogue teaching. Yet, today’s Messianic Believers need to begin to be much more discerning, and think much more critically about this. We will not only need to evaluate a few things originating from Jewish mysticism which have “slipped in” unnoticed, but as we consider what is in store for us in the future, and things which we must be a bit more careful of.
Sadducees, Pharisees, and the Controversy of Counting the Omer – 28 February, 2018
Whether you are aware of it or not, how one determines the day to observe Shavuot is a complex issue. It is not only a complex issue because of the competing ideologies involved, but also because of the complicated hermeneutical questions that are asked of the interpreter.
Controversies Involving Biblical and Jewish Holidays – 28 February, 2018
It would be entirely inappropriate to introduce you to the appointed times, without also letting you know that these can be periods of division and discord within the Messianic community.
A Summarization of Passover Traditions – 27 February, 2018
As Messianic Believers, what place is tradition to have in our Passover observance? How important is it for us to understand some of them, so that we might be enriched and encouraged?
Clean and Unclean Meats – 27 February, 2018
Considering Messianic Jewish Fears of Replacement and Irrelevance – 25 February, 2018
As obvious as it might be, recognizing that you cannot have an authentic restoration of Israel without the Jewish people, and that a noticeable level of Jewish distinction must be present, has been overlooked and forgotten by many non-Jewish Believers embracing their Hebraic Roots at present.
What is the Mark of the Beast? – 25 February, 2018
Students of Bible prophecy have always been intrigued by Revelation 13:16-18 and the questions that these verses pose. The mark of the beast, knowing it, and understanding what it is, have caused much speculation and controversy.
The Faithfulness of Yeshua the Messiah – 22 February, 2018
Who we are is to find its center in the faithfulness that Yeshua demonstrated. He came to Earth on our behalf, as the Lamb of God sacrificed for our sins. His faithfulness was demonstrated “in that while we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us” (Romans 5:8).
What Are “Works of the Law”? – Part 2 – 22 February, 2018
Galatians 2:16[3x]; 3:2, 5, 10; Romans 3:20, 28
What Are “Works of the Law”? – Part 1 – 22 February, 2018
Anyone who enters into Pauline theological studies today will easily encounter the fact that there are scholars and exegetes who think that the term “works of law” or ergōn nomou—appearing first in Galatians (2:16[3x]; 3:2, 5, 10), and then appearing again in Romans (3:20, 28)—actually does designate something other than “works/deeds/actions required by the Mosaic Law,” or at least something a bit more specific than just “observing the law” (NIV) in general.
What Does “Under the Law” Really Mean?–A Further Study – Part 3 – 21 February, 2018
James 2:12; Romans 2:12; 3:19; Philippians 3:6; Hebrews 7:1; 9:22; Luke 2:27
What Does “Under the Law” Really Mean?–A Further Study – Part 2 – 21 February, 2018
Galatians 4:21; 5:18; 1 Corinthians 9:20-22; Romans 6:14-15
What Does “Under the Law” Really Mean?–A Further Study – Part 1 – 21 February, 2018
Has the Law Been Fulfilled? – Part 2 – 20 February, 2018
Has the Law Been Fulfilled? – Part 1 – 20 February, 2018
Matthew 5:17, 18
What is the New Covenant? – Part 3 – 19 February, 2018
Everyone who has come to faith in Messiah Yeshua, being cleansed of his or her sins and spiritually regenerated, has partaken of the New Covenant—a reality that has clearly dawned in this post-resurrection era, and is accessible to all who cry out to the Lord.
A Summarization of Purim Traditions – 19 February, 2018
Purim is to be a time of rejoicing and doing good to one another, as God’s faithfulness was revealed to the Jewish people through the actions of His followers.
Noah is Given Permission to Eat Meat – 19 February, 2018
Responding to “The Law of Moses was only in effect until John the Baptist.” – 19 February, 2018
Jacob Wrestles With a Divine Figure – 19 February, 2018
What is the New Covenant? – Part 2 – 16 February, 2018
Hebrews 8:7-13; Hebrews 10:14-18
What is the New Covenant? – Part 1 – 16 February, 2018
Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:25-27
The Fourth Commandment – 15 February, 2018
Clean and Unclean Animals on Noah’s Ark – 15 February, 2018
Responding to “Jesus fulfilled every jot and tittle of the Law.” – 15 February, 2018
The Angel of the Lord Speaks to Jacob – 15 February, 2018
Gathering Manna Before the Sabbath – 12 February, 2018
Eating From the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil – 12 February, 2018
Responding to “God has put an end to the Old Testament Sabbath and feast days.” – 08 February, 2018
The Angel of the Lord Will Watch Abraham’s Servant – 08 February, 2018
Genesis 24:7, 40
God Rested on the Seventh Day – 07 February, 2018
Every Plant Yielding Seed for Food – 07 February, 2018