Torah Commentary – Pesach “Passover” – Now What? – SCRIPTURES FOR March 31, 2017

Pesach “Passover” Exodus 33:12 – 34:26 Ezekiel 36:37 – 37:14 Now What? The night had been filled with emotion as the Hebrews ate of their Passover meal in haste.  On the one hand was a sense of excitement about what the coming days would bring as they prepared to make their journey out of Egypt.  On the other hand was a sense of despair as … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Pesach “Passover” – Now What? – SCRIPTURES FOR March 31, 2017

Torah Commentary – T’ruma (Contribution) – That They May be One – SCRIPTURES FOR February 17, 2017

Torah Commentary – T’ruma (Contribution) Exodus 25:1 – 27:19 1Kings 5:26 – 6:13 Hebrews 8:1-6; 9:23-24; 10:1 That They May be One The building of the Tabernacle begins with the receiving of an offering. This in itself is interesting as it had not been many days since the Hebrews left the abject poverty of slavery to amazing riches from the plunder of their neighbors. At some point, … Continue reading Torah Commentary – T’ruma (Contribution) – That They May be One – SCRIPTURES FOR February 17, 2017

TorahScope – Torah Reading – Mishpatim -Rulings – “Faithfully Do” – 4 February, 2018

Mishpatim – Rulings Exodus 21:1-24:18 Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26 “Faithfully Do” by Mark Huey Last week, our Torah reading Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23[26]) centered on the dramatic events surrounding the appearance of the Almighty Creator God at Mount Sinai, as He conveyed the Ten Commandments to the people of Israel through His servant Moses. The original recipients of these foundational building blocks of faith were primed for embracing them, after … Continue reading TorahScope – Torah Reading – Mishpatim -Rulings – “Faithfully Do” – 4 February, 2018

Torah Commentary – Joined To HaShem – Mishpatim (Rulings) – Getting Into His Mind – February 10, 2017

Torah Commentary – Mishpatim (Rulings) Exodus 21:1-24:18 Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26 Matthew 5:38-42; 15:1-20 Acts 23:1-11 Hebrews 9:15-22; 10:28-39 Getting Into His Mind If you ever want an interesting study, type in “Mind of Messiah” in a Bible search. Of course you may have to use the word “Christ”, but nonetheless it will take you on quite a journey. One of my favorite verses revealed in the … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Joined To HaShem – Mishpatim (Rulings) – Getting Into His Mind – February 10, 2017

Torah Commentary – Joined To HaShem – Yitro (Jethro) – Words To Live By – SCRIPTURES FOR February 3, 2017

Torah Commentary Yitro (Jethro) Exodus 18:1-20:23 Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6 Matthew 5:21-30; 15:1-11 Hebrews 12:18-29 James 2:8-13 Words To Live By The Hebrews are free from life in Egypt. Pharaoh is among the dead on the sea shore. It is time for their journey to continue. In their minds, it is time to move on and make a bee line for the Promise Land. Not so … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Joined To HaShem – Yitro (Jethro) – Words To Live By – SCRIPTURES FOR February 3, 2017

Torah Commentary – B’Shallach (After he had let go) – The Manna of His Faithfulness – SCRIPTURES FOR January 27, 2017

Torah Commentary B’Shallach (After he had let go) Exodus 13:17-17:16 Judges 4:4-5:31 John 6:25-35; 19:31-37 Revelation 15:1-4 The Manna of His Faithfulness Have you ever thought what it was like to be in the caravan of Hebrews leaving Egypt? What conversations took place amongst this group of sleep deprived people? Were they celebrating the faithfulness of Yah displayed before them in the last months? Did they … Continue reading Torah Commentary – B’Shallach (After he had let go) – The Manna of His Faithfulness – SCRIPTURES FOR January 27, 2017

Torah Commentary – Va’era (I appeared) – His Promise – SCRIPTURES FOR January 13, 2017

Torah Commentary Va’era (I appeared) Exodus 6:2-9:35 Ezekiel 28:25-29:21 Romans 9:14-17 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 His Promise It is too easy for us to scan through Torah portions that have become familiar to us. I challenge you to slow down and consider the people who are living these recorded days then bring the words forward to our day and our lives. Take for instance the four … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Va’era (I appeared) – His Promise – SCRIPTURES FOR January 13, 2017

Torah Commentary – Ki Tetze (When you go out) – Protecting the Back of the Pack – SCRIPTURES FOR September 2, 2017

Torah Commentary Ki Tetze (When you go out) Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 Isaiah 54:1-10 Mark 10:2-12 Luke 20:27-38 1Tim 5:17-18 Protecting the Back of the Pack As I read through these middle chapters of Deuteronomy I sometimes want to put my head back and say, “Well duh!” For me, I find many of the instructions here are common sense. I really cannot think of a time in … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Ki Tetze (When you go out) – Protecting the Back of the Pack – SCRIPTURES FOR September 2, 2017

Torah Commentary – Devarim “Words” – A More Excellent Work – SCRIPTURES FOR July 29, 2017

Torah Commentary Devarim “Words” Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22 Isaiah 1:1-27 1Kings 16-18 John 15:1-11 Hebrews 3:7-4:11 A More Excellent Work This week we begin the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the final message of Moses to the people he has grown to love. Although they have given Moses many days of heartache through the forty year wilderness journey, in the end his love for them cannot be measured. I … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Devarim “Words” – A More Excellent Work – SCRIPTURES FOR July 29, 2017

Torah Commentary – Mattot/Massei “Tribes” / “Journeys” – On The Edge of Destiny – SCRIPTURES FOR July 22, 2017

Torah Commentary Mattot/Massei “Tribes” / “Journeys” Numbers 30:2-36:13 Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4 Hebrews 1-6 On The Edge of Destiny We come to the end of the Book of Numbers this week. Forty years have passed since Israel stood on the bank of the Red Sea. All that stands between the Hebrews and their destiny is another river, a war with the Midyanim, a few instructions to … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Mattot/Massei “Tribes” / “Journeys” – On The Edge of Destiny – SCRIPTURES FOR July 22, 2017

Torah Commentary – Sh’lach L’cha (Send on your behalf) – SCRIPTURES FOR Jun 17, 2017

Torah Commentary Sh’lach L’cha (Send on your behalf) Numbers 13:1-15:41 Joshua 2:1-24 Hebrews 3:7-19 The Tourists Connection If a list were made of the top ten stories the Hebrews are known for during their sojourn in the wilderness, the account of the twelve spies would certainly be found. Many fingers have been pointed at the faithless reports given by the ten spies. Is there a … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Sh’lach L’cha (Send on your behalf) – SCRIPTURES FOR Jun 17, 2017

Torah Commentary – B’ha’alotcha (When you set up) – Moving With the Cloud – SCRIPTURES FOR Jun 10, 2017

Torah Commentary B’ha’alotcha (When you set up) Numbers 8:1-12:16 Zechariah 2:14-4:7 John 19:31-37 Hebrews 3:1-6 Moving With the Cloud I have heard it said so many times that the Hebrews “Wandered” in the wilderness. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In Chapter Nine of this Torah portion it speaks of the Cloud which covered the Tabernacle. We read that as long as the Cloud … Continue reading Torah Commentary – B’ha’alotcha (When you set up) – Moving With the Cloud – SCRIPTURES FOR Jun 10, 2017

Torah Commentary – Bamidbar “In the Wilderness” – From Trials to Trails – SCRIPTURES FOR May 27, 2017

Torah Commentary Bamidbar “In the Wilderness” Numbers 1:1-4:20 Hosea 2:1-22 Luke 2:1-7; 1Cor 12:12-31 From Trials to Trails There is an interesting word to be found as we begin the Book of Numbers. It is translated “take a census.” The word in Hebrew is “Nasa.” The word has been used in Scripture almost 100 times in the first three books of Torah and will also … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Bamidbar “In the Wilderness” – From Trials to Trails – SCRIPTURES FOR May 27, 2017

Torah Commentary – Tzav (Give an Order) – Nothing Held Back – April 7, 2017

Torah Commentary Tzav (Give an Order) Leviticus 6:1-8:36 Jeremiah 7:21-8:3; 9:22-23 Mark 12:28-34 Romans 12:1-2 1Corinthians 10:14-23 Nothing Held Back   This week we look at the offerings in more detail. Each one has specific meaning and differs in some nature. They all have one thing in common; they are to be an act of worship unto the Holy One. A fact which has been … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Tzav (Give an Order) – Nothing Held Back – April 7, 2017

Torah Commentary – Ki Tavo ” – When you come” – Remembering the Journey

Torah Commentary Ki Tavo “When you come” Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8 Isaiah 60:1-22 Matthew 13:1-23 Acts 28:17-31 Romans 11:1-15 Remembering the Journey   The people of Israel are posed on the eastern bank of the Jordan River. Forty years of the desert are behind them. The Promised Land is now so close they can smell it. Within just a few days they will enter in.   As … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Ki Tavo ” – When you come” – Remembering the Journey

Torah Commentary – Ki Tetze -“When you go”

Torah Commentary Ki Tetze “When you go” Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 Isaiah 54:1-10 2 Kings 10-12 A Single Focus of Life The book of Deuteronomy is Moses’ summary to the people before his death.  Each thought, instruction, and word can be traced back to previous books of Torah.  This week is no exception. In Deuteronomy, Moses tells the people to make four twisted cords which are to … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Ki Tetze -“When you go”

Torah Commentary – Va’era (I appeared) – “I Didn’t ‘See’ That Coming”

Torah Commentary Va’era (I appeared) Exodus 6:2-9:35 Ezekiel 28:25-29:21 Romans 9:14-17 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 “I Didn’t ‘See’ That Coming” Moshe traveling back to Egypt was not just a trip to the corner convenience store. It was quite a journey, and during this time the words spoken to him at the Burning Bush and his conversation with YH VH was probably played over and over in … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Va’era (I appeared) – “I Didn’t ‘See’ That Coming”

Torah Commentary – Sh’mot (Exodus) – What Is In Your Hand?

Torah Commentary Sh’mot (Exodus) Exodus 1:1-6:1 Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23 Matthew 22:23-33; 41-46 Acts 3:12-15 Hebrews 11:23-26 What Is In Your Hand? Many generations have lived and died since the time of Joseph. To the Hebrews, Caanan is a distant place that is talked about on occasion, but Egypt has become home in their minds. The stories of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are ancient history. Joseph … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Sh’mot (Exodus) – What Is In Your Hand?

Torah Commentary – THEY DID, SO HE DID – Day 28, Month 12 (Adar), February 28, 2014

Torah Commentary Exodus 38:21-40:38, 1 Kings 7:40-50, 1 Cor 6-10 THEY DID, SO HE DID *My apologies as I got ahead last week. Maybe a message we needed twice?* Have you ever thought that serving God was hard work sometimes? I am sure the Hebrews had this thought going through their minds once in a while. I mean Hashem has brought them out of Egypt where they … Continue reading Torah Commentary – THEY DID, SO HE DID – Day 28, Month 12 (Adar), February 28, 2014

Torah Commentary – THEY DID, SO HE DID – Joined To HaShem – February 20, 2014

Torah Commentary Exodus 38:21-40:38, 1 Kings 7:40-50, 1 Cor 6-10 THEY DID, SO HE DID Have you ever thought that serving God was hard work sometimes? I am sure the Hebrews had this thought going through their minds once in a while. I mean Hashem has brought them out of Egypt where they were doing quite a but of building and here they are again, building. This … Continue reading Torah Commentary – THEY DID, SO HE DID – Joined To HaShem – February 20, 2014

Torah Commentary – Terumah – “Heave offering” – Joined To HaShem – January 31, 2014

Terumah – “Heave offering” Exodus 25:1-27:19 1 Kings 5:26-6:13 Hebrews 8:1-6   A Willing Life This week’s Torah portion begins with the Tabernacle, a tent HaShem will use as a dwelling place that He may live in the midst of His people.  HaShem will give specific instructions to Moses and the Hebrews regarding this tent and its furnishings.  As we read through this and next week’s portions we … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Terumah – “Heave offering” – Joined To HaShem – January 31, 2014

They Saw God – Torah Commentary – Mishpatim – “Judgments” – January 24, 2014

Torah Commentary Mishpatim “Judgments” Exodus 21:1-24:18 Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26 Matthew 5:38-42;Acts 23:1-11 Hebrews 9:15-22; 10:28-39 They Saw God Waters parting, pillars of fire, water from rocks and food from the heavens.  It doesn’t seem that it could get any better than this!  Try to imagine just one more time what it must have been like to be one of the Hebrews.  Imagine the excitement in your … Continue reading They Saw God – Torah Commentary – Mishpatim – “Judgments” – January 24, 2014

Torah Commentary – Yitro – “Jethro” – Joined To HaShem – January 16, 2014

Torah Commentary Yitro – “Jethro” Exodus 18:1-20:23,Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6,1 Samuel 4-6 Words of Life This week we come to the section of scripture known as the Ten Commandments. No section has been spoken or written on more than these words. With all the commentary though, do we really know what these words are all about? To understand the Words, let us first look to the setting. … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Yitro – “Jethro” – Joined To HaShem – January 16, 2014

Torah Commentary – Beshalach “When He Sent” – Outward Preparation – January 9, 2014

Beshalach “When He Sent” Exodus 13:17-17:16 Judges 4:4-5:31 Luke 2:22-24; 1 Cor 10:1-13; Revelation 15:1-4 Outward Preparation The big day has finally come for the Hebrews.  We can’t even imagine how they must have felt taking the first steps of their new journey.  It had been about a year since the infamous day when Moses had come back to Egypt.  So much had changed and changed … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Beshalach “When He Sent” – Outward Preparation – January 9, 2014

Torah Commentary – Yes We Can! – Nasso “Make an accounting” – Joined To HaShem – May 16, 2013

Torah Commentary Nasso “Make an accounting” Numbers 4:21-7:89 Judges 13:2-25 Philippians 1-4 Yes We Can! This new life must have seemed like a daunting task to the Hebrews at times.  Nothing was the same as it had been in Egypt.  Life it seemed had changed so very fast as they looked back.  It had been just over two years since Moses had first made his appearance … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Yes We Can! – Nasso “Make an accounting” – Joined To HaShem – May 16, 2013

Torah Commentary – The Clash of Two Worlds – Acharei (After The Death) – Joined To HaShem

Torah Commentary  Acharei (After The Death) Leviticus 16:1-18:30;19:1-20:27 Ezekiel 22:1-19; Amos 9:7; Isaiah 66:1-24 I Corinthians 12-16 The Clash of Two Worlds The Hebrews had come out of a society we can only imagine.  It was filled with paganism and secular interests.  There was nothing within the society of Egypt that would point a person to the one true and living Elohim.  Well, maybe we … Continue reading Torah Commentary – The Clash of Two Worlds – Acharei (After The Death) – Joined To HaShem

Sh’mini (Eighth) – Thankfully, They Got It Right! – Torah Commentary

Torah Commentary   Sh’mini (Eighth) Leviticus 9:1-11:47 2Samuel 6:1-19 Mark 7:1-23 Acts 5:1-11;10:1-35   Thankfully, They Got It Right! This week brings us to the Torah reading regarding what is clean and what is unclean. It contains possibly the most controversial and hotly contested debate of our day. Let’s approach it with reason and read it for just what it says. Leviticus 11 is a … Continue reading Sh’mini (Eighth) – Thankfully, They Got It Right! – Torah Commentary

Torah Commentary – Pesach “Passover” – Now What?

Pesach “Passover” Exodus 33:12 – 34:26 Ezekiel 36:37 – 37:14 John 19:38-21:25 Now What? The night had been filled with emotion as the Hebrews ate of their Passover meal in haste. On the one hand was a sense of excitement about what the coming days would bring as they prepared to make their journey out of Egypt. On the other hand was a sense of … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Pesach “Passover” – Now What?

Torah Commentary – Va’era “And I appeared” – Shadows of Yesterday, Substance of Today

Torah Commentary Va’era “And I appeared” Exodus 6:2-9:35 Ezekiel 28:25-29:21 Romans 9:14-17 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1Shadows of Yesterday, Substance of Today Egypt was the greatest and most awesome nation that had ever existed. They had wealth, power, and military stature. No country would have dared to come against the might of Egypt in the days of their glory. But all this would change the day that … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Va’era “And I appeared” – Shadows of Yesterday, Substance of Today