Mark Huey of Outreach Israel Ministries delivers the following Apostolic Scriptures Reflection for Emor – Matthew 5:38-42; Galatians 3:26-29
The traditional Jewish discipline of reading the weekly Torah portion every week, is something that today’s Messianic Believers surely benefit from–be they Jewish Believers who are discovering more about their Messiah from Moses’ Teaching, or evangelical Christians embracing their Hebraic Roots in a very real and tangible way. However, there can be a distinct tendency, at times, for the Messianic community to focus so much on the Torah or Law of Moses, that the continued revelation of God in the rest of the Holy Scriptures is overlooked. Messianic Believers have the profound responsibility to recognize that as important as the Torah is to people of faith, that the Torah’s goal or consummation is Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), as our mortal inability to fully keep the commandments of the Law is to reveal our need for a Divine Savior (Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:24).
How can today’s Messianic Believers really learn to appreciate the role that the Torah and the good news of Yeshua’s salvation play together, as the Lord molds us into an effective group that can fully accomplish His purposes? As many turn to the weekly Torah and Haftarah readings every week, Messianics have often associated a selection of key passages from the Apostolic Scriptures or New Testament. These either build on a theme detected within the various parashot, or they are intended to add additional details for consideration.
TorahScope Apostolic Scriptures Reflections is a compilation of insightful, encouraging messages that incorporates information from the weekly Torah and Haftarah portions, connecting it to key messages in the New Testament, gleaned from the studies and notes of William Mark Huey. It is the author’s intent that we can all allow the great tapestry of God’s Word to mold us into men and women who can understand the full importance of being disciples of the Messiah of Israel.
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