Category Archives: Apostolic Writings

Why was Yeshua in the temple on Chanukah?

Why was Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) go to the temple on Chanukah (Hannukah), the Festival of Dedication, in John 10? The healing of the blind man in John 9, an obscure messianic prophecy in Haggai 2 and Yeshua’s bold statements gave Israel’s leaders their ultimate test. Continue reading Why was Yeshua in the temple on Chanukah?

Sukkot: What Is the Will of God?

Feast of Tabernacles — Day 7

People often ask, "How can I know what God wants me to do?" and "What would Jesus do?" Richard Agee explores those questions in a study of John 6-7, in which Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) explains what it means to "do the will of My Father" (John 6:40). Yeshua is the Living Word (John 1:1; John 1:14), the Living Law (Matt. 5:17-20), the Living Torah. (Torah is a Hebrew word that means "instruction." In its original sense in the Bible it refers to the instruction given in the first five books, Genesis–Deuteronomy. Human tradition later expanded that meaning to encompass oral judgments and commentary on that written law.) Continue reading Sukkot: What Is the Will of God?

Sukkot: The Timing of the Birth of Messiah

Feast of Tabernacles — Day 6

The accounts in the Bible about the births of Yochanan the Immerser and Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) seem to point to their being born around the times of the Biblical festivals of Passover and Tabernacles, and for very good reason based on their missions.

Point is, the Bible teaches clearly that Yeshua wasn’t born on Dec. 25, as Daniel Agee explains in this discussion. Continue reading Sukkot: The Timing of the Birth of Messiah

Matthew 24 — Interpreting the ‘signs of the times’ by studying the lessons of the past

Reader: Daniel Agee
Teacher: Jeff

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Matthew 19:1–12 — divorce

Reader: Daniel Agee
Teacher: Jeff [contact]

Thought questions

  • What value is gained in looking at Messiah’s teaching on divorce from parallel passages from the other apostles?
  • What were differences between the House of Shammai and the House of Hillel, two schools of rabbinical thought at the time of Yeshua (Jesus)?
    • How did Yeshua’s comments in general and on divorce in particular compare with those of Shammai and Hillel?
  • Why is divorce compared to cutting, based on the Greek and Hebrew words describing it in the Bible?
    • What did God intend marriage to teach?
  • How did God factor in situations in which the marriage contract is violated?
    • Under what circumstances is the marriage contract violated, according to the Bible and society today?
    • What does the Torah say about divorce?
    • Whose fault is divorce?
    • What does the innocent spouse do?
  • Can divorce bring shalom, Hebrew for "peace" and "completeness" and "wholeness."


Matthew 16 — Good or bad “yeast”?

Yeast is commonly seen as a symbol for pride, something bad. Why does God command us to not eat leavened bread for seven days after Passover then at Shavuot (Pentecost) command that He be offered two loaves of leavened bread? How is the answer to this paradox found in Yeshua’s cryptic instruction to His disciples to beware of the “yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees”? Continue reading Matthew 16 — Good or bad “yeast”?

Matthew 2: Magi from Parthia visit the toddler Messiah

It was a shocking event when a sizable delegation of scholars from the empire of Parthia, a competitor with Rome, visited the land of Israel looking for a recently born “King of Yehudah.” It turns out that this was the legacy of the prophet Daniel. Another prophet foretold “Rachel” would be weeping for her children, and that prophecy was fulfilled not only with the killing of newborns and toddlers in Beit Lekhem (Bethlehem) but also the driving out her descendants into the nations with the Assyrian exile.

Thought questions from the recorded discussion

What did the magi — the “wise men” — know about the coming Messiah, and when did they know it?

What’s the significance of Daniel’s being the teacher of the wise men, the magi, of Babylon? What did Daniel teach them?

Why doesn’t Judaism consider Daniel to be a prophet?

What “star” did the magi see? Why didn’t anyone else, even in Israel see it?

What “signs” are there among the stars? What is the connection between the signs Abraham, the magi and those who witness the Day of the LORD will see in the sky?

Why did the magi bring baby Yeshua gifts? Why did they bring gold, frankincense and myrrh? Why does Messiah get gold and frankincense, but not myrrh, when He returns?

What does the long-standing conflict between the Roman and Parthian empires over the Euphrates River have to do with the statement the appearance of the magi in Jerusalem looking for “the King of the Jews”?

What does the prophecy of Rachel weeping for her children — Joseph and Benjamin — have to do with Herod’s killing of infants and toddlers in Bethlehem to kill the young Messiah?

What is the connection between that prophecy in Jeremiah 31 and the New Covenant predicted in the same chapter?

What’s the link between the Jeremiah 31 predictions of Rachel’s children’s being “no more,” the return of Ephraim and the New Covenant, and the Matthew 2 account of King Herod’s attack on children in Bethlehem?

Why is God’s son — Israel literally and in prophecy and Messiah literally — called out of Egypt? Is this prophecy misapplied?