Books & Studies

Books by Mark Huey

23 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Outreach Israel Ministries director Mark Huey has written Torah commentaries and reflections that are thought provoking and very enlightening for Messianic Believers today. TorahScope, Volume I Every week in Jewish synagogues the world over, a selection of a few chapters is considered from the Torah (the Pentateuch or the Law of Moses). The discipline of reading the parashah or Torah portion on Shabbat (the Sabbath) has helped maintain the cohesion of the Jewish people for millennia. As Messianic congregations have been formed, this tradition is something which has helped enliven the Bible readings and studies of those, Jewish Believers and […]

Apostasy

The Effect of Mysticism and Gnosticism on the Messianic Movement

22 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

As today’s Messianic community strives to return to the First Century faith of the Disciples and Apostles, we will not just be facing “common problems” like adultery, idolatry, or even sins such as lying. We will also contend with some of the very specific religious problems that the First Century ekklēsia faced. Very few when examining Scripture, unfortunately, consider it in its historical context. Many do not have an understanding of First Century Judaism, Greco-Roman religion, Second and Third Century Christianity, and the various mystery religions and cults that existed. Too many fail to consider the gross religious errors that […]

Mark Huey

Bamidbar

21 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Bamidbar In the wilderness Numbers 1:1-4:20 Hosea 2:1-22 “The God of Order and Authority” by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net As we turn to the Book of Numbers in our weekly readings, a noticeable shift is seen. The Torah focuses less on giving us commandments about the holiness of God, and we instead pick up the narrative of events witnessed in the second year of Ancient Israel’s wilderness sojourn. After receiving specific instructions from God about how the people are to conduct themselves, the practical application of implementing these commandments in the community is described. Bamidbar opens with the statements, “Then the […]

Acts

Acts 15 for the Practical Messianic

19 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

There is some shifting going on in today’s Messianic world as it concerns the unity that Jewish and non-Jewish Believers are to experience in Messiah Yeshua, and whether or not non-Jewish Believers are really called to obey God’s Torah. Much of this controversy is not based in an objective, historically conscious reading of the Scriptures—but instead in shifting ministerial alliances and religious politicking. The answer is not going to be found in evaluating who-said-what, but will be found in going to the Biblical text and in accurately evaluating what the trajectory of God’s Word is. Around two decades after the […]

Bible Study

Are Non-Jewish Believers Really a Part of Israel?

19 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The composition of the people of God, as broad and deep as this sector of theology is, is a definite place where some important, imperative, and critical thinking and reflection are surely needed by today’s Messianic Believers. Ecclesiology is not an area of theology that enough Messiah followers adequately understand or appreciate the importance of. To far too many, it is just a big word without a great deal of significance. Yet, given what many of today’s Messianic Believers, Jewish and non-Jewish, are convicted of, have read in Scripture, and have had the witness of the Holy Spirit regarding the […]

Books & Studies

Biblical Equality and Today’s Messianic Movement

18 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Galatians 3:28 is one of the most important verses not only in the Apostolic Scriptures, but in the entire Bible. This one verse written by the Apostle Paul speaks of a new status for human beings that has been inaugurated via the sacrificial work of Yeshua, as God’s people are to be united in Him, actively accomplishing His tasks in the Earth. At times, we do find Galatians 3:28 quoted among those in our Messianic faith community, but its ramifications are not often fully considered or probed for their significant spiritual power. Current and severe developments in the Messianic movement […]

Books & Studies

Messianic Helper Series

17 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The Messianic Helper series edited by Margaret McKee Huey include a series of books with instructional information on how to have a Messianic home and to properly live as a Messianic Believer. Moedim: The Appointed Times for Messianic Believers Today’s Messianic community widely believes and advocates that our Heavenly Father is restoring the celebration of the Biblical appointments or moedim, chiefly found in Leviticus 23, to all of His people. Messianic Believers find great enrichment every year of going through these annual festivals, rehearsing God’s plan of salvation history. We bereave the fact that too many of our Christian brothers […]

Books & Studies

Why Hell Must Be Eternal

16 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

While it is unfortunately very true that there is a level of controversy present in today’s theological studies, over what happens to the deceased between death and resurrection—a much higher debate takes place regarding what occurs to unrepentant, unrighteous sinners. Do these people experience a never-ending, ongoing eternal punishment? Or, do these people experience an obliteration from existence? Strong and firm disagreements between those who affirm some sort of ongoing eternal punishment, versus those who believe in annihilationism, have been present in Christian theology for the past century. These debates have been taken up by many people within the broad, […]

Books & Studies

TorahScope Haftarah Exhortations

15 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

In Jewish synagogues and Messianic congregations all over the globe, the weekly Torah portion is read on the Sabbath. Traditionally associated with the parashah is a small selection called the Haftarah, meaning “conclusion.” This is usually a segment from the Prophets or Writings of the Tanakh (Old Testament) which bears a thematic connection to the Torah reading. While the custom of considering a prophetic section arose during tenuous times in Jewish history when the people were forbidden to study from the Law of Moses, it was something firmly in place during the time of Yeshua (Jesus) and the Apostles (Luke […]

Leviticus

B’har-B’chuqotai

14 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

B’har-B’chuqotai On the mount Leviticus 25:1-26:2 Jeremiah 32:6-27 By My Regulations Leviticus 26:3-27:34 Jeremiah 16:19-17:24 “Double-Edged Sevens” by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net This week’s Torah study combines the last two portions of Leviticus, B’har (Leviticus 25:1-26:2) and B’chuqotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34). Leviticus 26:18 summarizes the basic principle of retribution, or reaping what one sows, which the Lord is often attempting to communicate to each man and woman—especially those committed to faithfully following Him: “If also after these things you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.” The simple if/then proposition that we see, is […]

Appointed Times

Messianic Sabbath Helper

12 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The instruction to remember the Sabbath is the Fourth of the Ten Commandments: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work” (Exodus 20:8-10a). The seventh-day Sabbath or Shabbat is widely associated with God’s creation of the world (Genesis 2:2-3) and the Exodus of Ancient Israel from Egypt (Deuteronomy 15:15). The Sabbath is one of the Torah’s moedim or appointed times (Leviticus 23:3). Desecration of the Sabbath actually brought judgment to […]

Books & Studies

The Pastoral Epistles for the Practical Messianic

11 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Unlike some of the other letters of the Pauline corpus, there has been no significant demand for a detailed, Messianic examination of the Pastoral Epistles of 1&2 Timothy and Titus. Many of today’s Messianic teachers and leaders think that they already know what these letters mean, and so putting out the effort of analyzing them beyond a cursory reading or survey is thought to probably not be needed. Sadly, today’s broad Messianic movement is largely unaware and under-informed of a literal factory of academic proposals and perspectives, from over the past fifty years, regarding 1&2 Timothy and Titus. Much of […]

Books & Studies

TorahScope, Volume III

9 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Every week in Jewish synagogues the world over, a selection of a few chapters is considered from the Torah (the Pentateuch or the Law of Moses). The discipline of reading the parashah or Torah portion on Shabbat (the Sabbath) has helped maintain the cohesion of the Jewish people for millennia. As Messianic congregations have been formed, this tradition is something which has helped enliven the Bible readings and studies of those, Jewish Believers and evangelical Christians embracing their Hebraic Roots alike, who look to Moses’ Teaching to tell us something about the relationship each of us is to have with […]

Appointed Times

Messianic Winter Holiday Helper

8 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The Winter holiday season is frequently a conflicted time of year for many people in today’s Messianic movement. On the one hand, most Messianic Believers do not celebrate the holiday of Christmas on December 25, due to some of its pre-Christian origins and questionable traditions. On the other hand, the birth of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) is a Biblical event which we all must acknowledge in some way. Furthermore, during this same Winter season, the Jewish community commemorates the Festival of Dedication or Chanukah. What is a Messianic Believer to do? The Messianic Winter Holiday Helper is a valuable […]

Leviticus

Emor

7 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Emor Speak “Hear, Obey, Walk” Leviticus 21:1-24:23 Ezekiel 44:15-31 by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net Emor or “Speak” continues the Book of Leviticus, and directs and enlightens us a great deal about the responsibility Messiah followers have to serve as priests in the world today. From the beginning chapters of Leviticus, the Torah’s code of behavior is intended to specifically set Ancient Israel apart from the other peoples around it in the Ancient Near East, and then the succeeding generations who would turn to Moses’ Teaching for guidance and direction. The previous Torah portion was appropriately named Kedoshim or “Holy Ones” (Leviticus […]

Books & Studies

Confronting Critical Issues

5 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Today’s Messianic movement has arrived at a very important theological and spiritual crossroads. Much of our long term viability and effectiveness as a faith community will be determined by what takes place in the 2010s, and by our approach to a series of important issues surrounding the nature of the Messiah, the reliability of Holy Scripture, our communication style, and whether we want to see all people included and welcome within our assemblies or not. Confronting Critical Issues is an important compilation book of some of Messianic Apologetics’ key Confronting Issues booklets, as well as some major articles of substance. […]

Christology

Nature of Messiah (Christology)

3 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Answering the “Frequently Avoided Questions” About the Divinity of Yeshua J.K. McKee originally posted 01 August, 2004 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues What Does the Shema Really Mean? J.K. McKee originally posted 12 April, 2004 reproduced from Confronting Critical Issues The State of Christology in the Contemporary Messianic Movement APPROACHING THE NATURE OF YESHUA FROM THE TANACH Genesis 1:26-28; 3:22-23; 11:7-8 Genesis 16:7-13 Genesis 18:1-33 Genesis 21:17-21 Genesis 22:6-18 Genesis 24:7, 40 Genesis 31:10-13 Genesis 32:24-30 Genesis 48:15-16 Exodus 3:1-16 – The Burning Bush and “I am who I am” Exodus 4:14-17; 7:1-5 Exodus 13:21; 14:19 Exodus 20:1-4; Deuteronomy 5:6-9 […]

Books & Studies

TorahScope Apostolic Scriptures Reflections

3 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The traditional Jewish discipline of reading the weekly Torah portion every week, is something that today’s Messianic Believers surely benefit from–be they Jewish Believers who are discovering more about their Messiah from Moses’ Teaching, or evangelical Christians embracing their Hebraic Roots in a very real and tangible way. However, there can be a distinct tendency, at times, for the Messianic community to focus so much on the Torah or Law of Moses, that the continued revelation of God in the rest of the Holy Scriptures is overlooked. Messianic Believers have the profound responsibility to recognize that as important as the […]

Books & Studies

Torah In the Balance, Volume II

1 May, 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 […]

Leviticus

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

30 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim After the death Holy Ones “Holiness and the Golden Rule” Leviticus 16:1-18:30 Ezekiel 22:1-19 (A); 22:1-16 (S) Leviticus 19:1-20:27 Amos 9:7-15 (A); Ezekiel 20:2-20 (S) by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net This week we get to examine a dual Torah portion with Acharei Mot and Kedoshim. After the death of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, the text details the requirements for the Day of Atonement that are performed annually by the high priest of Israel.[1] Reflecting on this instruction some five to six months before—or after—its yearly remembrance, should readily remind each of us of the atonement and permanent forgiveness […]

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