J.K. McKee of Messianic Apologetics addresses the claims of strident Two-House proponents that there are scores of references to Judah and Ephraim in the New Testament. Part 1 of 2.
Many people in today’s Messianic community treat the seventh-day Sabbath as a kind of “Saturday church” more than as a time to rest from labor, focus on God and one’s brethren, and enter into something special.
The discussion of the Apostle Paul in Romans 14, has been traditionally viewed from the perspective that he considers matters of the seventh-day Sabbath and kosher dietary laws, to be one entirely of opinion for Messiah followers. If a person keeps Shabbat or eats kosher, that is fine—but if a person does not keep Shabbat or does not eat kosher, that is fine as well.
Some controversial circumstances arose among the Roman Believers, involving sacred days and eating. But are these sacred days and eating, actually the appointed times and dietary laws? Or, might something else be in view? Is it possible to have a pro-Torah vantage point when approaching Romans 14?
The statements made by God in Genesis 9:3-7 are delivered after the Flood is completed, and humanity now has to rebuild itself. In most Messianic examinations of Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32), we often overlook what is being said here, for a variety of reasons. Vegetarian man is now told by the Creator that he is allowed to eat meat, something previously prohibited, with some specific stipulations on what to do with animal blood. Much of our avoidance of this section is likely because many Christians today use Genesis 9:3-7 as a proof text to show that while Noah and his family were allowed to eat meat, they seem to be told to eat the meat of any animal, which would presumably include those that would later be specifically classified “unclean.” It is thus asserted that the laws of kashrut given in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 were only temporary instructions for Ancient Israel that Noah did not have to follow.
Is this really what is asserted in Genesis 9:3-7, or is there more at work in the text that may be eluding us? What does this part of the early Genesis story tell us about animals for food, human beings, and the need to respect blood? Why did God extend permission for people to eat meat?
J.K. McKee of Messianic Apologetics summarizes a number of the significant opinions present in extra-Biblical literature regarding the Northern Kingdom exiles taken away by Assyria. Part 2 of 2.
J.K. McKee of Messianic Apologetics summarizes a number of the significant opinions present in extra-Biblical literature regarding the Northern Kingdom exiles taken away by Assyria. Part 1 of 2.
J.K. McKee of Messianic Apologetics responds to three categories of questions: Tanach (OT), Apostolic Scriptures (NT), and theology/Biblical Studies.
1. Many people in the Messianic movement believe that Abraham kept the Torah. How?
2. According to Romans 3:7, is Paul a liar?
3. What do you think about intermarriage?
Judah Himango and John McKee both agree that God’s Torah is essential instruction to be known, studied, and implemented by all of His people—yet there are challenges and problems which have to be navigated when one identifies the extremes of legalism and lawlessness.
J.K. McKee of Messianic Apologetics discusses the issues of exiles taken away by Assyria, and how academics in Biblical Studies have approached the issue of the Ten Lost Tribes. Part 2 of 2.
J.K. McKee of Messianic Apologetics discusses the issues of exiles taken away by Assyria, and how academics in Biblical Studies have approached the issue of the Ten Lost Tribes. Part 1 of 2.