Bible Versions

The Message of Jonah

20 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper At some point throughout its history, it is not uncommon for a nation or state to reach a point of sinfulness where it deserves nothing less than the full onslaught of God’s punishment. Such is the case as depicted in the Book of Jonah. The Prophet is called out by the Lord, “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me” (1:2). Nineveh was the capital city (or region) of the Assyrian Empire, one of the most brutal and inhumane powers the world, […]

Bible Study

The Message of Deuteronomy

20 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Fall Holiday Helper The Book of Deuteronomy has some very special qualities among the five books of the Torah, which most readers (should) notice when they consider Moses’ admonitions to Ancient Israel. The Hebrew name of this text is Devarim or “Words,” derived from its opening line “These are the words…” (1:1). In the Jewish theological tradition, it is often referred to as Mishneh Torah, meaning Repetition of the Torah. This is a concept that the Septuagint translators tried to capture when they labeled the book as Deuteronomion, meaning “second law.” Deuteronomy does repeat much of […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Exodus

20 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the Messianic Spring Holiday Helper The Book of Exodus is one of the most important, yet controversial books of the entire Bible, and certainly the most important book of the Torah. Commentator John I. Durham confidently asserts, “The Book of Exodus is the first book of the Bible.”[1] This is because without an Exodus of Israel from Egypt, there is no people to preserve and testify to the traditions regarding Creation, Noah, Abraham and the Patriarchs, and the faithfulness of God toward these individuals. In other words, without the Book of Exodus you have no Book of Genesis. […]

1&2 Thessalonians

The Message of 1&2 Thessalonians

20 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from 1&2 Thessalonians for the Practical Messianic a summary for Messianic teaching and preaching Daniel, Ezekiel, Revelation, Matthew 24, Zechariah: these are all the parts of Scripture that people commonly consider to be related to the phenomenon known as “Bible prophecy.”[1] Most of the attention that is given to those who examine the end-time themes of Scripture are often focused around these texts. But how many of you are aware that there are other books of the Bible that likewise have a prophetic message? How many of you consciously think about how the blessed hope of Yeshua’s appearing is […]

Bible Messages

The Message of Philippians

20 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from Philippians for the Practical Messianic a summary for Messianic teaching and preaching Paul’s letter to the Philippians is my favorite book of the Bible.[1] Within this short four chapter piece of writing, we really get to see the heart of the dedicated Apostle, and how Yeshua the Messiah was absolutely everything for him. People the world over have read Philippians in good times and bad times, desiring encouragement and seeking comfort and solace—and I am no exception. When I need to understand the calling that the Lord has placed upon my life as a Bible teacher, and the […]

2 Corinthians

The Message of 2 Corinthians

20 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from 2 Corinthians for the Practical Messianic a summary for Messianic teaching and preaching While the tone, subject matter(s), and purpose of the Epistle of 1 Corinthians can elude many of today’s Messianic Believers—in no small part due to the factionalism of the Corinthians and their significant confusion—the Epistle of 2 Corinthians does not largely demonstrate the difficulties of interpretation that 1 Corinthians has.[1] Unlike much of the emotion and stirring that the Apostle Paul demonstrates toward his audience in 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians does seem to indicate that his rather direct words, refutations, and rebukes have been heeded […]



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 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 […]


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 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] […]


Purim, Haman, and Anti-Semitism

9 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

reproduced from the March 2017 issue of Outreach Israel News This month the worldwide Jewish community will be commemorating the Festival of Lots or Purim. As many of us know, Purim is a time when the account of the Book of Esther is read, there is typically some kind of congregational play where young people dress up as Biblical characters, and there is a great deal of food. Purim is a calendrical reminder that one month later, we will be remembering the Passover. There are many important themes of Purim, as witnessed in the Book of Esther, which force us […]

Mark Huey

March 2017 Outreach Israel News

9 March, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

OIM Update March 2017 There is something about this time of the year that reminds me of the “seasons of life” which continue in clockwork like fashion, to spring forth life and renewed vigor to pursue the Holy One of Israel. Perhaps it was a recent birthday, coupled with attending a Messianic Jewish conference and a congregational leadership retreat, in consecutive weekends, which all combined to make me reconsider these memorable statements from the Preacher in the Book of Ecclesiastes: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and […]


March 2017 Editor’s Update

6 March, 2017 J.K. McKee 0

Dear Friends: I believe that this past month has inaugurated a significantly important season of ministry for Outreach Israel and Messianic Apologetics. The biggest development of February was the launch of the Messianic Apologetics app for Android. Be praying that the iPhone and iPad version will be available sometime this month, as there are certain approvals which have to be issued. (As an iPhone user, no one wants this more than me!) The Messianic Apologetics app—and with it the ability to send push notifications—has already helped see our website hits go up between 400-500% per day. Of course, this also […]



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 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 […]

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