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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mark Huey

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 […]

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 […]

Leviticus

Vayikra

26 March, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Vayikra He called “A Witness Who Keeps Silent” Leviticus 1:1-5:26[6:7] Isaiah 43:21-44:23 by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net As we begin to examine the Book of Leviticus, the Torah student gets an opportunity to study the sacrificial system that was instituted by the Lord to cover the transgressions of His people. In Exodus, the Ancient Israelites have just completed the construction of the Tabernacle, and have witnessed God’s glory descend upon it. The weight (Heb. kavod) of His presence was so intense that Moses was not able to enter the Tent of Meeting in order to communicate directly with the Almighty (Exodus 40:34-35). […]

Exodus

V’yakheil

19 March, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

V’yakheil He assembled “Actions Speak Louder Than Words” Exodus 35:1-38:20 1 Kings 7:40-50 (A); 7:13-26 (S) by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net By the time we arrive at this week’s Torah portion, V’yakheil, we discover that it encapsulates a description of the actions of Ancient Israel, as the people collectively fulfill the requirements for the Tabernacle construction which was the subject of the previous Terumah (Exodus 27:20-30:10) and Tetzaveh (Exodus 30:11-34:35) readings. Without any hesitation, the text reminds us about the commandment to take a Sabbath rest, even in the midst of the Israelites building of the Tabernacle and producing the various […]

Exodus

Ki Tisa

12 March, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Ki Tisa When you take “Compassion Personified” Exodus 30:11-34:35 1 Kings 18:1-39 (A); 18:20-39 (S) by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net This week’s Torah portion is entitled Ki Tisa, and we see how the Israelites continue to receive instruction from God via Moses, who continues to remain on Mount Sinai. For the past two weeks in Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19) and Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10), we have seen much instruction regarding the Tabernacle service and how different offerings were to be contributed toward its construction. Now, additional instructions are given, including: taking a census,[1] a laver for proper cleansing at the Tent of Meeting,[2] […]

Exodus

Tetzaveh

5 March, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Tetzaveh You shall command “Set-Apart Unto Him” Exodus 27:20-30:10 Ezekiel 43:10-27 by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net This week’s Torah portion, Tetzaveh, is in many respects a continuation of the previous reading, Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19), where the willing heart contributions for the materials needed for the construction of the Tabernacle and its accouterments were freely given. Now that the various elements have been offered and gathered, certain individuals gifted with “the spirit of wisdom,” ruach chokmah, begin the crafting of different aspects of what the Lord required for Ancient Israel to approach Him in worship: “Then bring near to yourself Aaron your […]

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 […]

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 […]