Mark Huey

Chukat

25 June, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Chukat Regulation Numbers 19:1-22:1 Judges 11:1-33 “On the Face Again” by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net The past three Torah portions (Beha’alot’kha; Shelakh-Lekha; Korach)[1] have dealt with the challenges that Moses encountered to his leadership, during Ancient Israel’s desert sojourn. This week in Chukat, the leap from the ordinances given by God, to approximately thirty-eight years of sojourning in the wilderness, is quite a contrast to contemplate. From red heifer sacrifices,[2] to the chronic problem of water shortages,[3] Moses striking rather than speaking to the rock,[4] and the challenge of hostile nations[5]—the narrative of Chukat covers a wide series of circumstances. Searching […]

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Korach

18 June, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Korach Korah Numbers 16:1-18:32 1 Samuel 11:14-12:22 “Budding Leadership Patterns” by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net One of the most dependable features of our Creator is that He is a God of order and consistency, who can be relied upon to perform His Word without fail. Lamentably, most of fallen humanity disregards this fact. But even more tragic is the sad testimony that many who claim a relationship with Him are not always aware of His immutable nature. Thankfully, the Almighty is cognizant that humans have a fallen nature and various limitations. He has made provisions within His sovereign rule, to guarantee […]

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Shelakh-Lekha

11 June, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Shelakh-Lekha Send on your behalf Numbers 13:1-15:41 Joshua 2:1-24 “Nevertheless” by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net This week, the Torah continues to discuss some of the challenges that Ancient Israel had with various leadership issues, as the journey from Egypt to the Promised Land proceeded. Having just witnessed a threat to his leadership from his sister Miriam and his brother Aaron,[1] Moses is now placed in a position to continue encouraging the Israelites to move forward on the journey, toward the ultimate goal of securing the land promised to them. This humble servant of the Most High had just survived accusations from […]

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B’ha’alotkha

4 June, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

B’ha’alotkha When you set up Numbers 8:1-12:16 Zechariah 2:14-4:7 “Prophets All” by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net As we look at this week’s Torah portion, B’ha’alotkha or “When you set up,” we are directed to the continuing saga of Ancient Israel, and some of the trials and tribulations of its sojourn through the wilderness wanderings. Among the things we encounter, Moses is given the design for the menorah or lampstand that is to be placed in the Tent of Meeting.[1] This seven-branched candelabrum is to illuminate the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant is located. Specific instructions are given […]

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May 2017 Outreach Israel News

29 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

OIM Update May 2017 This month, as the Omer Count heads towards Shavuot at the end of the month, the State of Israel will be celebrating its Memorial Day (Yom HaZikuran on May 1st), Independence Day (Yom HaMatza’ut on May 2nd), and Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim on May 24th). These are special occasions when Israelis commemorate the 69th anniversary of the reconstitution of the State of Israel in 1948, and the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem from the Jordanians during the Six Day War of 1967. As followers of Yeshua the Messiah, who consider circumstances that affect Israel […]

Mark Huey

Naso

28 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Naso Take Numbers 4:21-7:89 Judges 13:2-25 “A Prayer of Peace” by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net This week’s Torah portion, Naso or “Take,” has a diverse variety of subjects to contemplate. It begins by completing the instructions about the Levites that concluded Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20).[1] This census has been conducted to number the three Levite clans that were responsible for the Tabernacle and its transportation. The Gershonites, the Merarites, and the Kohathites have each been given specific duties and tasks.[2] Interestingly, unlike some of the other Israelites who were qualified for military service and numbered from twenty years and older, the Levites […]

Appointed Times

Sayings of the Fathers

23 May, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The Mishnah tractate Pirkei Avot or Sayings of the Fathers is a compilation of wise sayings, proverbs, and anecdotes dating from the Third Century B.C.E.-Third Century C.E., forming much of the basis of ancient Jewish ethics. Many important parallels can be seen between remarks made in the Pirkei Avot and the wisdom sayings or teachings of Yeshua the Messiah, James the Just, and the Apostles Peter and Paul. In the Jewish community today, the Pirkei Avot are traditionally read and considered during the seven weeks between the festivals of Passover and Shavuot. Sayings of the Fathers: A Messianic Perspective on Pirkei […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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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April 2017 Outreach Israel News

24 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

OIM Update April 2017 Late last month the senior director of partner relations for the Joseph Project and I were on a trip to East Texas to meet some people, who have been faithful supporters of that humanitarian aid effort in Israel. When we got back to Dallas, Margaret and John had dinner with us, where they had an opportunity to get better acquainted with our new friend. During our conversation about how the Lord is using the donations of people to minister to the needy in Israel, I was taken aback by the term “restitution” used by John, to […]

Leviticus

Tazria-Metzora

23 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Tazria-Metzora She Conceives Infected One “Clean! Clean!” Leviticus 12:1-13:59 2 Kings 4:42-5:19 Leviticus 14:1-15:33 2 Kings 7:3-20 by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net Every year, in a systematic fashion through the consistent study of the Torah, we have an excellent opportunity to review one of the most devastating transgressions that plagues not only the human race, but even those within the community of faith. With the double portion of Tazria-Metzora, the issues regarding unclean and clean and their relationship to leprosy (Heb. tzara’at), are once again considered: “As for the leper who has the infection, his clothes shall be torn, and the […]

Leviticus

Shemini

16 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Shemini Eighth “Be Ye Holy” Leviticus 9:1-11:47 2 Samuel 6:1-7:17 (A); 6:1-19 (S) by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net Previously in Tzav (Leviticus 6:1[8]-8:36), Aaron and his sons were to be consecrated for seven days in order for them to be ordained into the priestly service (Leviticus 8:33). Having completed this seven-day period of cleansing and dedication, our Torah portion for this week, Shemini or “Eighth,” now begins: “Now it came about on the eighth day [b’yom ha’sh’mini] that Moses called Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel” (Leviticus 9:1). Aaron and his sons have been consecrated to God and […]

Appointed Times

Counting the Omer

16 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

The seven-week period between the Biblical festivals of Passover and Shavuot, or Pentecost, is the season of Counting the Omer (Leviticus 23:10-16; Deuteronomy 16:9-11). Originally in the Tabernacle and Temple of Ancient Israel, the priests were to present special offerings before the Lord each day for the fifty-day count. Psalm 67 was among the hymns recited and employed to offer praise and adoration to Him. Since the destruction of the Second Temple, various Jewish traditions have been developed in order to make the seven-week or fifty-day Omer Count a very special time to focus on God, His blessings, and the […]

Leviticus

Tzav

2 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Tzav Give an Order “Kindness, Justice, Righteousness” Leviticus 6:1[8]-8:36 Jeremiah 7:21-8:3; 9:22-23 by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net While reading about the different offerings instructed, and the variety of sacrificial procedures in this week’s Torah portion, you can easily see how God was very specific about the guilt offering,[1] burnt offering,[2] grain offering,[3] sin offering,[4] and peace offering.[5] After detailing these specific offerings and their associated procedures, Leviticus ch. 8 describes how Aaron and his sons were to be consecrated as priests before the Lord. For the first time in the history of Israel, the high priest and the attendant priests are […]

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