For Messiah is the goal of the Torah for righteousness to everyone who believes (Romans 10:4, PME).
Life is all about choices: good, bad and indifferent. In fact when you think about it, at the end of your Earthly life, your experiences are the sum total of your choices and the results/consequences of those choices—given the variety of expected and unexpected circumstances you encountered, and what you personally chose to do with them. The foundational Biblical principle that you will reap what you sow (i.e., Hosea 10:12; Galatians 6:7-8) is as applicable as the laws of gravity, when it comes to the created order and how God has fashioned us in how we are to conduct ourselves within this sphere.
“God of the Living”
Matthew 22:23-33, 41-46
Mark 12:18-27, 35-37
Acts 3:12-15; 5:27-32; 7:17-36; 22:12-16; 24:14-16
“Calling All Saints”
Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23 (A);
Jeremiah 1:2:3 (S)
“God’s Promises Require Faithful Deliverers”
Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23 (A);
Jeremiah 1:2-3 (S)
If I speak with the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal (1 Corinthians 13:1, PME) The moderate inclusive language of the PME, following other versions (like the NRSV), better captures the intention of 1 Corinthians 13:1: “If I speak in … Read more 1 Corinthians 13:1 – PME Point
by Mark Huey In some recent Torah studies through the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers—which deal primarily with the trials and tribulations of the “Exodus generation” of Ancient Israel—an overriding thought that every Biblical generation was evil, at least in some way, came frequently to my mind. From Adam and Eve to Cain and … Read more Every Evil Generation Needs Light
Reflection for V’yechi
“Dying Words Live”
1 Kings 2:1-12
1 Kings 2:1-12
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HAPPY 2020! from the Outreach Israel Ministries / Messianic Apologetics! All of us wish you and your family a blessed Happy New Year 2020! Outreach Israel Ministries and Messianic Apologetics need your help as we enter into 2020, and the third decade of the Twenty-First Century. This new decade is going to see the Messianic … Read more Happy 2020 from Outreach Israel Ministries and Messianic Apologetics!
“All things are permissible for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are permissible for me,” but I will not be controlled by anything (1 Corinthians 6:12, PME) A version like the 1995 NASU has, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, … Read more 1 Corinthians 6:12 – PME Point
by Mark Huey It is readily recognized by most in the Messianic community of faith that a wide variety of teaching is currently available to those seeking instruction. The advent and proliferation of access to a virtual cornucopia of divergent thoughts, simply by typing a few choice words into any of the search engines on … Read more Avoiding Fruitless Discussion
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An important part of our complete book commentary series has been to provide an Author’s Rendering appendix, based on the public domain 1901 American Standard Version, incorporating various renderings and translations proposed. The Apostolic Scriptures Practical Messianic Edition takes this a step further, and incorporates various other renderings and translations proposed, from an entire selection of Outreach Israel Ministries and Messianic Apologetics materials, from both completed Practical Messianic commentaries and the remainder of the New Testament for which we have planned future volumes.
In the commentary Hebrews for the Practical Messianic, Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee tackles some of the difficult hermeneutical questions that are asked when we consider this text for today. Hebrews asks ancient questions that had to be answered by an ancient audience: Hebrews has background issues that cannot be answered solely by a surface reading of the text. Who wrote Hebrews? When was it written? How broad was its original audience? These are some of the many questions that surround Hebrews. The Twenty-First Century questions that Hebrews asks are difficult for many Messianics to consider: What should the role of the Greek Septuagint be in our theology? Do we ever make the mistake of uplifting the Torah over Yeshua? How do we maintain a high regard for Moses, but understand that Yeshua is superior?
The Pastoral Epistles for the Practical Messianic takes into consideration much of what has been offered by various scholars, not only in terms of the ancient setting of 1&2 Timothy and Titus, but also with how these epistles should be accurately applied in a modern setting. Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee helps to probe these letters for the future development of the Messianic movement, weighing our strengths and weaknesses of them, in an effort to be an assembly that is no longer lacking an adequate understanding. What are the things that we have actually interpreted correctly from the Pastoral Epistles, and what needs to be improved upon? How might some Messianic congregations and fellowships change if we took a good, hard look at 1&2 Timothy and Titus, and implemented some necessary reform? How can we truly be all of the things that we can be in the Lord? This significant commentary asks these, and many more pertinent questions.
What important lessons are there for contemporary Messianic Believers to learn from 1&2 Thessalonians? How much have we left these two letters outside of our purview of Bible reading? What key insights and admonitions need to be incorporated into our spirituality, given some of the issues and difficulties that we currently face—presumably as we live in some of the final decades before the actual return of Yeshua (Jesus) to Planet Earth? Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee elaborates on these, and various other key subjects, in the commentary 1&2 Thessalonians for the Practical Messianic.
In the commentary Colossians and Philemon for the Practical Messianic, Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee shows us why today’s Messianic Believers need not be afraid of these two letters any more. A wide array of scholastic opinion is considered in regard to these two texts, especially the various proposals made about the false teaching that disrupted the Believers in Colossae. Contemporary applications for some negative trends being witnessed in today’s Messianic movement are also proposed, especially in terms of the false philosophy and worship of angels refuted by Paul. Colossians and Philemon are both important letters for us to understand, as today’s Messianic community strives to move forward in its reading of the Pauline Epistles.
In the commentary Philippians for the Practical Messianic, Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee addresses many of the avoided issues that this text asks Messianic Believers. He takes into account the First Century Jewish and Roman background of Paul’s letter. He also considers the large amount of intertexual references that Philippians makes to the Tanach (Old Testament), deeply embedded in Paul’s vocabulary and mannerisms. Most importantly, he considers the centrality of Yeshua and His completed work for Paul, and how all human achievements pale in comparison to who He should be for us as born again Believers who have experienced His transforming power.
In the commentary Ephesians for the Practical Messianic, Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee addresses the known and unknown questions that this important letter asks us as Messianic Believers. A large Jewish and Greco-Roman Mediterranean background is considered of the issues. Careful and detailed attention has been given to the opinions present today surrounding the dividing wall, and complementarian and egalitarian views of the household codes. References to Tanach (Old Testament) concepts in the author’s words are considered, along with careful consideration for how Ephesians challenges us as a faith community trying to achieve our Father’s objectives. Poignant questions as to how we can be molded into a mature people are asked for today’s season of Messianic uncertainty.
In the commentary Galatians for the Practical Messianic, Messianic Apologetics editor J.K. McKee takes a direct look at the issues of Paul’s letter as he rebukes the Galatians for errors that have crept into their midst. Engaging with contemporary Christian scholarship on Galatians, critical questions regarding common conclusions of Paul’s words are asked. Are Paul and Yeshua truly at odds when it comes to the Torah? Were the Jerusalem leaders and Paul at constant odds with one another? How do Paul’s Pharisaical background and views affect the composition of this letter? What were the spiritual dynamics present in Galatia? What does the term “works of law” really mean? These are only a few of the questions that are considered. Likewise, some of the proposals from the New Perspective of Paul in theological studies are also analyzed.
As today’s broad Messianic movement enters into the late 2010s, 2 Corinthians for the Practical Messianic—while surely presenting some important theological discussions—may surprisingly offer us more to consider about our present level of spirituality. There are First Century background issues involving Second Temple Judaism and Greco-Roman classicism to be weighed, but there are more vital questions to be probed about the difficulties faced by an individual person like Paul. How much do we not consider ourselves as beneficiaries of not just Paul’s letters, but his steadfast devotion to the Messiah? What overlooked lessons and necessary corrections, do today’s Messianic people need to take from 2 Corinthians—especially given the new challenges that we will be facing, as salvation history steadily moves toward the return of Israel’s Messiah?