A Glutton and a Drunkard

Why did the Master’s critics and opponents call Him “a glutton and a drunkard”? Regular Shabbat Readings   Ki Tetze (כי תצא | When you go forth) Torah: Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-10 Haftarah: Matthew 24:29-42 Note: The regular readings are often interrupted with special readings on Jewish holidays, special Sabbaths, and Rosh Chodesh. Refer to the annual Torah Portion schedule for these special portions. Portion … Continue reading A Glutton and a Drunkard

Torah Commentary – Shoftim “Judges” – Quit Observing Torah!

Torah Commentary Shoftim “Judges” Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9 Isaiah 51:12–52:12 2 Kings 7-9 Quit Observing Torah! Now that I have your undivided attention, please continue to read. I have been on this journey for a number of years now and have come to the conclusion that we all should quit observing Torah.  To understand what I am saying pick up a dictionary or do a quick search on the … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Shoftim “Judges” – Quit Observing Torah!

Lifted on a Miracle

Yeshua told Nicodemus, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up.”   CHUKAT-BALAK Portion Summary Chukat Chukat is the thirty-ninth reading from the Torah. The word chukat (חוקת) means “statute.” The name is derived from the second verse of the reading: “This is the statute of the law which the LORD has commanded” (Numbers 19:2). Chukat presents the mysterious … Continue reading Lifted on a Miracle

Malcontents

Some people are never happy unless they have something to be unhappy about. Beha’alotcha (בהעלותך | When you set up) Regular Shabbat Readings Portion Summary The third reading from the book of Numbers and the thirty-sixth reading from the Torah is called Beha’alotcha (בהעלותך), a word that literally means “When you ascend.” It comes from the first verse of the portion, which could literally be translated as “When … Continue reading Malcontents

The Imperishable

The holy Temple and all the sacrifices that take place in it point toward immortality and incorruptibility. The sacrifices are not about death; they are all about life. Portion Summary The twenty-fifth reading from the Torah and second reading from the book of Leviticus is called Tzav (צו), which means “Command.” The name comes from the first word of Leviticus 6:9, where the LORD says to Moses, … Continue reading The Imperishable

TORAHSCOPE YITRO – Jethro “Blind Faith” – 9 February, 2020

Yitro Jethro “Blind Faith” Exodus 18:1-20:23[26] Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6[6-7] (A); 6:1-13 (S) by Mark Huey The trials and tribulations of Ancient Israel’s deliverance from Egypt continue in this week’s Torah reading, with particular emphasis on the Ten Commandments that are received while the people were encamped at Mount Sinai. After observing the many miracles performed by God to free them from the bondage of Egyptian … Continue reading TORAHSCOPE YITRO – Jethro “Blind Faith” – 9 February, 2020

Living Torah Commentary – Yitro (Jethro) – Words To Live By – SCRIPTURES FOR February 15, 2020

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 now free from life in Egypt. Pharaoh is among the dead on the sea shore and now it is time for the journey to continue. In their minds, it is time to move on and make a bee line to the Promised … Continue reading Living Torah Commentary – Yitro (Jethro) – Words To Live By – SCRIPTURES FOR February 15, 2020

Expounding the Torah

Did Moses speak in tongues? Tradition says that Moses spoke the words of the book of Deuteronomy in the seventy languages of humanity. Portion Summary Devarim (דברים) is both the title for the last book from the scroll of the Torah and the title of the first Torah portion therein. Devarim means “words.” The English-speaking world calls this book Deuteronomy. The Hebrew title for the book comes from … Continue reading Expounding the Torah

Torah Commentary – Pinchas”Phineas” – Zeal In The Camp – SCRIPTURES FOR July 27, 2019

Torah Commentary Pinchas”Phineas” Numbers 25:10-30:1 1 Kings 18:46-19:21 2 Timothy 1-4; Titus 1-3; Philemon 1 Zeal In The Camp Reading about the Hebrews and their journey through the wilderness  has taken on so much meaning in the past few years. With each passing year it becomes more and more special to read about their lives. It is not that the accounts of their lives become more … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Pinchas”Phineas” – Zeal In The Camp – SCRIPTURES FOR July 27, 2019

Torah Commentary – Korach (Korah) – The Stand Which Proved The Man – Joined To HaShem – SCRIPTURES FOR July 6, 2019

Torah Commentary Korach (Korah) Numbers 16:1-18:32 1Samuel 11:14-12:22 2Timothy 2:8-21 Jude 1-25 The Stand Which Proved The Man We come to the infamous account of Korach this week. You have to admit that with all that has happened in the camp since Israel left Egypt, events which clearly showed Moshe as the leader, this was a pretty gutsy move made by Korach. Well, maybe gutsy … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Korach (Korah) – The Stand Which Proved The Man – Joined To HaShem – SCRIPTURES FOR July 6, 2019

The Complainer and the Atheist

SHELACH Portion Summary The thirty-seventh reading from the Torah is called Shelach(שלח), an imperative verb that means “send out.” The portion is so named from the first few words of the second verse: “Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan” (Numbers 13:2). The Torah reading tells the tragic story of how the spies returned with a bad report … Continue reading The Complainer and the Atheist

Torah Commentary – Sh’lach L’cha (Send on your behalf) – The Tourists Connection – SCRIPTURES FOR June 29, 2019

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 deeper level … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Sh’lach L’cha (Send on your behalf) – The Tourists Connection – SCRIPTURES FOR June 29, 2019

Nostalgia for the Familiar – June 22, 2019

Regular Shabbat Readings Beha’alotcha (בהעלותך | When you set up) Torah: Numbers 8:1-12:15 Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7 Gospel: Matthew 14:14-21 Note: The regular readings are often interrupted with special readings on Jewish holidays, special Sabbaths, and Rosh Chodesh. Refer to the annual Torah Portion schedule for these special portions. Portion Summary The third reading from the book of Numbers and the thirty-sixth reading from the Torah is … Continue reading Nostalgia for the Familiar – June 22, 2019

A People Ransomed by God

Looking for spiritual deliverance? The last day of Passover commemorates the crossing of the Red Sea, the final deliverance from bondage, and the miracle of immersion. April 27,2019 Portion Summary On the final day of Passover, which commemorates the crossing of the Red Sea, there is a custom to end the season of redemption with an additional, less formal seder. Called Se’udat Mashiach, this event focuses … Continue reading A People Ransomed by God

A Memorial

For the Jewish people, Passover is a day of remembrance of the exodus from Egypt, but disciples of Yeshua have another important aspect of Passover to remember. Portion Summary The sixteenth reading from the Torah is named Beshalach(בשלח), which means “When he sent.” The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which can be literally translated to say, “And it happened when Pharaoh sent … Continue reading A Memorial

TORAHSCOPE – Shemini – Eighth – 30 Mar 2019

Shemini Eighth True Shock and Awe Leviticus 9:1-11:47 2 Samuel 6:1-7:17 (A); 6:1-19 (S) The title of our Torah portion for this week, Shemini or “Eighth,” points one to the chronological context of the “eighth day” that begins this section of Leviticus. A glance at the concluding statements from Tzav last week, notes how the seven days of consecration which God required of Aaron and his sons has just … Continue reading TORAHSCOPE – Shemini – Eighth – 30 Mar 2019

Torah Commentary – Sh’mini (Eighth) – Convictions Do Not Change – SCRIPTURES FOR March 30, 2019

Torah Commentary Leviticus 9:1-11:47 2 Samuel 6:1-19 Mark 7:1-23 Acts 5:1-11;10:1-35 Sh’mini (Eighth) Convictions Do Not Change The sacrifices are to teach us about life. They give us instructions of how to approach YH VH. This Torah portion will also instruct us in how not to approach him. The sons of Aaron decide they have a right to their opinion regarding their duties and it … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Sh’mini (Eighth) – Convictions Do Not Change – SCRIPTURES FOR March 30, 2019

Buffalo, Bacon or Sloth?

I would certainly eat that delicious bacon, but My Father in heaven has forbidden me to eat of it, so I will not. Special Shabbat Reading Shabbat Parah: Special readings are applicable this Shabbat. Shabbat Parah (פרה | Cow) Maftir: Numbers 19:1-19:22 Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16-36:38 Gospel: John 11:47-57 Shabbat Parah (“Sabbath [of the] red heifer” שבת פרה) takes place on the Shabbat before Shabbat HaChodesh, in preparation … Continue reading Buffalo, Bacon or Sloth?

Torah Commentary – Tzav”Command” – The Lesson of the Ashes – SCRIPTURES FOR March 23, 2019

Torah Commentary Tzav”Command” Leviticus 6:1-8:36 Jeremiah 7:21-8:3; 9:22-23 Luke 4-6 The Lesson of the Ashes The Tabernacle has now been built and the presence of HaShem is visible in the midst of the people.  Just a momentary thought about the scene causes the imagination to run wild.  What a sight it must have been, and what a witness to those who would see it from a distance.  I … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Tzav”Command” – The Lesson of the Ashes – SCRIPTURES FOR March 23, 2019

TorahScope: Vayikra – He called – “Sacrificial Identification” – 10 March, 2019

Vayikra He called Leviticus 1:1-5:26[6:7] Isaiah 43:21-44:23 “Sacrificial Identification” by Mark Huey The Torah portion Vayikra begins the Book of Leviticus, and serves as the Hebrew name for the entire text. Chs. 1-7 detail sacrificial laws for individuals, for the congregation of Israel, and for priests. This is followed by chs. 8-10 describing the worship in the completed Tabernacle. Chs. 11-17 focus on the laws of clean … Continue reading TorahScope: Vayikra – He called – “Sacrificial Identification” – 10 March, 2019

Torah Commentary – Vayikra (He Called) – Take Possession – SCRIPTURES FOR March 16, 2019

Vayikra (He Called) SCRIPTURES FOR March 16, 2019 Leviticus 1:1-5:26 Isaiah 43:21-44:23 Romans 8:1-13 Hebrews 10:1-14; 13:10-16 Take Possession This week we begin the Book of Leviticus. For many people it is a book of meaningless details, but in truth it is a glimpse into the Father’s Heart. In order to grasp Father’s Heart we must first open our hearts to Him. Let us stop … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Vayikra (He Called) – Take Possession – SCRIPTURES FOR March 16, 2019

Torah Commentary – P’kudei (Accounts) – Now What? – SCRIPTURES FOR March 9, 2019

Torah Commentary P’kudei (Accounts) Exodus 38:21-40:38 1Kings 7:13-26 2Corinthians 9:1-15 Hebrews 9:1-14 Revelation 11:1-13 Now What? The last chapters of Exodus speak of putting the instructions of the Tabernacle and garments into reality. As I read the details, I can sense a growing excitement in the camp of the Hebrews. With each item completed and each curtain sown, the excitement builds. At one point the … Continue reading Torah Commentary – P’kudei (Accounts) – Now What? – SCRIPTURES FOR March 9, 2019

Torah Commentary – Vayak’hel – “And assembled” – Breaking the 80/20 Rule – SCRIPTURES FOR March 2, 2019

Vayak’hel”And assembled” Exodus 35:1-38:20 1 Kings 7:51-8:21 Romans 1-5 Breaking the 80/20 Rule It has been said that twenty percent of the people in the world do eighty percent of the work, while eighty percent of the people just sit around and watch them work. Based on my observations of people through the years I would say this may be a bit optimistic. This may … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Vayak’hel – “And assembled” – Breaking the 80/20 Rule – SCRIPTURES FOR March 2, 2019

TorahScope: Ki Tisa

17 February, 2019 Ki Tisa – When you take Exodus 30:11-34:35 1 Kings 18:1-39 (A); 18:20-39 (S) “Signs of Life” by Mark Huey Ki Tisa covers a wide variety of topics that range from describing the half-shekel tax collected,[1] to the infamous golden calf incident,[2] and to instructions regarding the Sabbath.[3] Additional instruction is given regarding hand washing,[4] anointing oil[5] and incense formulas,[6] and how the Tabernacle is to be used.[7] Moses also relates … Continue reading TorahScope: Ki Tisa

Torah Commentary – Ki Tisa -Basin of Revelation – SCRIPTURES FOR February 23, 2019

Torah Commentary – Ki Tisa Exodus 30:11-34:35 1Kings 18:1-39 Luke 11:14-20 Acts 7:35-8:1 1Corinthians 10:1-13 2Corinthians 3:1-18 Basin of Revelation Between the Altar of Sacrifice and the entrance to the Tabernacle tent was a basin of water. It is fascinating we are not told what it looked like. I have seen many depictions through the years. I do not know which one, or if any of … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Ki Tisa -Basin of Revelation – SCRIPTURES FOR February 23, 2019

Preserving the Remnant

Joseph held no animosity toward his brothers. He could see how God had used his life to bring a great deliverance. Joseph reveals himself to his brothers. (Image: Wikimedia Commons, by German painter Peter von Cornelius [1784–1867]) VAYIGASH Joseph explained to his bewildered brothers that God had ordained his descent into Egypt in order to “preserve life” and “to preserve a remnant.” (Genesis 45:5). Joseph goes … Continue reading Preserving the Remnant

Torah Portion – Mikkeitz – At the end – “To Him Be the Glory” – 9 December, 2018

Mikkeitz At the end Genesis 41:1-44:17 1 Kings 3:15-4:1 “To Him Be the Glory” by Mark Huey This week’s parashah includes a very important verse that should immediately focus our attention on what God was accomplishing through the life of Joseph, when he is asked to interpret the dreams that Pharaoh has been having: “Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying, ‘It is not in me; God will give … Continue reading Torah Portion – Mikkeitz – At the end – “To Him Be the Glory” – 9 December, 2018

Torah Commentary – Mikketz (At the end) – Making of a Man – SCRIPTURES FOR December 8, 2018

Torah Commentary Mikketz (At the end) Genesis 41:1-44:17 1 Kings 3:15-4:1 Acts 7:9-16Making of a Man Joseph’s life has been one of incredible twists and turns. In his dark prison cell, he has had a great deal of time to think through his winding and tumultuous journey. His list of, “If I could do that over!” has been etched into his mind, and maybe even … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Mikketz (At the end) – Making of a Man – SCRIPTURES FOR December 8, 2018

Torah Commentary – Vayishlach (He Sent) – Just In Case It Does Not Work Out – SCRIPTURES FOR November 22, 2018

Torah Commentary Genesis 32:4-36:43 Obadiah 1:1-21 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 Revelation 7:1-12 Vayishlach (He Sent) Just In Case It Does Not Work Out The life of Ya’akov carried with it some crazy twists and turns and was certainly not dull. I wonder if Yah had revealed to Ya’akov the drama filled encounters he would experience in his life, whether Ya’akov would have pressed forward to receive … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Vayishlach (He Sent) – Just In Case It Does Not Work Out – SCRIPTURES FOR November 22, 2018