Exodus

Terumah

26 February, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Terumah Contribution “The Heart of the Matter” Exodus 25:1-27:19 1 Kings 5:26-6:13 by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net This week’s Torah portion, Terumah, details the construction of the Tabernacle which the glory of God occupied during the Ancient Israelites’ journey through the wilderness. This temporary dwelling place was used by Israel until the First Temple was constructed in Jerusalem by King Solomon. As you read through the details of the Tabernacle’s materials and its construction, you can marvel at the minute particulars that come forth from the instructions of the Master Builder. The finest natural materials are utilized, which are all thought […]

Mark Huey

February 2017 Outreach Israel News

21 February, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

OIM Update February 2017 As noted in last month’s update, the change in direction of the government of the United States was a Godsend of magnanimous proportions! In many regards it could have been, according to a variety of righteous servants of the Most High, a direct result of God’s children crying out for mercy, and then protection, for the inauguration of the new executive administration. Whatever it was, for those old enough to bear witness to the persistent political pendulum swings of the American culture, there is one undeniable conclusion: the population of this 240-year old democratic republic is […]

Exodus

Mishpatim

19 February, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Mishpatim Rulings “Rules Unto Others” Exodus 21:1-24:18 Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26 by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net As we turn to Mishpatim this week, we are reminded that the Israelites have just received the Ten Commandments and have heard the terrifying voice of the Lord as He shook Mount Sinai. We recall that the Israelites were so frightened by the sound of God’s voice, that they requested that Moses be their exclusive intermediary to receive the further instructions about how to conduct their lives. As they trembled at a distance, the fear was so great that they thought they would die if they […]

Exodus

Yitro

12 February, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Yitro Jethro “Divine Service Toward Others” Exodus 18:1-20:23[26] Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6[6-7] (A); 6:1-13 (S) by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net This week we continue our examination of the Book of Exodus, coming to a Torah portion that includes one of the most significant sections in the entire Bible, as we witness God giving His people the Ten Commandments. After some of the initial trials of the journey into the wilderness as considered last week in B’shalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16), with a lack of water and food, and a battle with the Amalekites—in Yitro the people of Israel come to the base of Mount […]

Exodus

B’shalach

5 February, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

B’shalach After he had let go “An Ancient and Current Foe” Exodus 13:17-17:16 Judges 4:4-5:31 (A); 5:1-31 (S) by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net This week’s Torah portion, B’shalach, is another excellent example of how important it is for us as Believers to really take the messages of Moses’ Teaching quite seriously. God lets the enemies of Israel harass His people in any generation. Whether it be the Ancient Amalekites who attacked Israel in the early days of the Exodus sojourn, or various evil forces that try to attack moves of the Spirit of God as we approach Yeshua’s return: the imperative […]

Appointed Times

Sayings of the Fathers

23 August, 2016 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 […]

Appointed Times

Counting the Omer

22 August, 2016 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 […]

Books & Studies

TorahScope, Volume III

19 August, 2016 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 […]

Books & Studies

TorahScope Apostolic Scriptures Reflections

18 August, 2016 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

TorahScope, Volume II

17 August, 2016 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 […]

Books & Studies

TorahScope Haftarah Exhortations

16 August, 2016 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 […]

Books & Studies

TorahScope, Volume I

15 August, 2016 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 […]