Mark Huey of Outreach Israel Ministries delivers the following message on the Haftarah reading for B’ha’alotkha, Zechariah 2:14-4:7
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 4:16-17; Acts 13:15).
Commonly in some parts of today’s Messianic community, we tend to forget that the Torah makes up the foundation of the Holy Writ, but by no means is the whole of the Holy Writ. Messianic Believers have a great blessing to consider the associated text from the Haftarah every week along with their Torah studies, from which they can derive additional spiritual insight and blessings. In consulting both the Torah and Haftarah selections together, then we can all see the great and mighty acts of God throughout Biblical history and His interactions with Israel. We can be especially more in tune with what it means to see Yeshua “in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms” (Luke 24:44).
TorahScope Haftarah Exhortations is a compilation of insightful, encouraging messages that take into consideration the weekly Torah and Haftarah portions, gleaned from the studies and notes of William Mark Huey. It is the author’s sincere hope and desire that his thoughts will give you key instructions in how we can be fully used by our Heavenly Father as faithful vessels for His service today.
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