Outreach Israel Ministries
23 January, 2020

Ancient Advice Revisited

The Sermon on the Mount within Matthew chs. 5-7 is perhaps the most memorable of Yeshua’s teachings to His Disciples, not only because it is recorded early in the Gospel of Matthew, but because it challenges all today who examine it to embrace a deeper walk with Him as the Master Teacher. After first delineating the individual responsibilities found in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12), and then turning to the duties of His followers to be salt and light by their good works in obedience to the Torah or Law of Moses (Matthew 5:17-19), the Messiah then delivers some important words that are intended to substantiate what He means by coming to fulfill the Torah.

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16 January, 2020

Choosing Paths

Life is all about choices: good, bad and indifferent. In fact when you think about it, at the end of your Earthly life, your experiences are the sum total of your choices and the results/consequences of those choices—given the variety of expected and unexpected circumstances you encountered, and what you personally chose to do with them. The foundational Biblical principle that you will reap what you sow (i.e., Hosea 10:12; Galatians 6:7-8) is as applicable as the laws of gravity, when it comes to the created order and how God has fashioned us in how we are to conduct ourselves within this sphere.

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9 January, 2020

Every Evil Generation Needs Light

by Mark Huey In some recent Torah studies through the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers—which deal primarily with the trials and tribulations of the “Exodus generation” of Ancient Israel—an overriding thought that every Biblical generation was evil, at least in some way, came frequently to my mind. From Adam and Eve to Cain and […]

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2 January, 2020

Avoiding Fruitless Discussion

by Mark Huey It is readily recognized by most in the Messianic community of faith that a wide variety of teaching is currently available to those seeking instruction. The advent and proliferation of access to a virtual cornucopia of divergent thoughts, simply by typing a few choice words into any of the search engines on […]

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26 December, 2019

Does the Holy Spirit Obey the Word of God?

During the early stages of the Messiah’s ministry, His cousin John the Immerser/Baptist announced a principle to his disciples, which in many regards, denotes the life long challenge for every dedicated follower of the God of Israel. Simply spoken, John’s conclusion that he must decrease, so that the Messiah would increase, was confirmed by his explanation concerning who Yeshua was, where He came from, what He spoke, and that He would give the Spirit to His followers without measure, in order that they might receive eternal life and avoid the wrath of God…

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20 December, 2019

The Impact of the Maccabees on Second Temple Judaism – December 2019 OIM News

As the second decade of the Twenty-First Century ends this month, the anticipation of what the Lord is going to accomplish during the 2020s ramps up. Clearly, the connection with “VISION” is on the mind of many futuristic thinking people, since optometrists determine visual acuity by this standard of measurement. But what about those spiritually focused Believers who faithfully follow the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and who have received forgiveness by the blood sacrifice of Yeshua the Messiah? Are their prayerful expectations of Israel’s restoration and sweeping revival valid? Or in addition, is it finally time for the children of Abraham (“for I say to you, that God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham,” Matthew 3:9b) to become the living stones referenced by the Apostle Peter (“you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Yeshua the Messiah,” 1 Peter 2:5)? Are true Believers willing, able, and ready to aggressively possess the gates of our enemies? For most assuredly, this is a sworn promise to the multitude of God’s children who currently exist on Planet Earth…

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19 December, 2019

A Messianic Evolution?

One of the many blessings of being intimately involved with the Messianic community of faith for nearly two decades, is the opportunity to reflect on the curious development of what we truly believe is a genuine move of the Holy Spirit. By the grace of God, our family has not just been passive observers, since 1995, but we have also been called to be active participants, in attempting to bring forth, as accurately as humanly possible, what we believe the Lord is doing with His people at this time in history. This responsibility has not been taken lightly! We know that the Holy Scriptures place a higher degree of accountability upon those who are to exposit upon its truths…

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12 December, 2019

Restoration Calls

For the faithful follower of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, twenty years might represent less than a wink of time in the eye of the Eternal One. But from our limited human perspective, given the possibility of longevity noted by Moses in Psalm 90:10b (“Or if due to strength, eighty years”), a score of years could be as much as a quarter of a physical lifetime, or even a third of life after one matures…

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5 December, 2019

Restoration Patterns

Let it be known from the onset of this article, that the author makes no apologies for attempting, by the indwelling teaching of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16, 26; 15:26)—to construe life and spiritual applications through the unvarnished grid of the sacred Holy Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. For by the unmerited grace of the Creator God, He chose to reveal His Word to certain selected individuals in Ancient Israel and others after the resurrection of the Messiah, who spoke and wrote and collected it for the instruction and edification of all. In His infinite wisdom, God chose to preserve His message of goodness and redemption, initially by the Jewish people (Romans 3:2)—but certainly since the Day of Pentecost, by those from nations indwelt by His Holy Spirit as well, who have believed in the efficacy of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ).

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1 December, 2019

Philippians 3:2-9: Paul, Judaism, and the Torah – November 2019 OIM News

For millennia, historians, theologians, and demographers have debated and discussed the concept of “generations,” and how cohorts of people traveled through time and influenced their respective cultures throughout the world. This subject is fascinating, particularly if one is at all concerned about their specific individual ancestry, or how and why they even exist. Personally, I know that those incessant questions in my mind, to a God I inherently knew created the world where I live, were instrumental in drawing me to the walk of faith I now pursue. Praise the Holy One for His faithfulness to those who seek Him and implore Him for the answers that only He can communicate to searching souls, such as the words spoken to the Israelites and Solomon…

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28 November, 2019

Yeshua’s Recommended Approach to the Father

Yeshua the Messiah’s Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chs. 5-7) undoubtedly shares some of the Lord’s most profound teachings, as His followers are to be properly directed in the path of practical holiness, being most consciously aware of how their behavior is observed by outsiders (Matthew 5:16). Here, on a hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee, with a multitude carefully listening to every word, Yeshua describes what truly following the Torah of Moses entails—offering His “fulfillment” of the Law. After amplifying the individual blessings that result from a heart bent toward God’s priorities (Matthew 5:1-12), the responsibilities for being salt and light by obeying the commandments of Moses’ Teaching (Matthew 5:17-19), and discussing various personal relationships among people (Matthew 5:21-48), Yeshua then provides some critical instruction on religious activities and how to avoid hypocrisy. By properly following Him as the Teacher of Teachers, today’s born again Believers should be striving to have the same degree of intimacy and closeness to the Father that the Son of God was able to demonstrate.

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21 November, 2019

Longsuffering Limitations

In recent weeks, months, and even years, there has been a considerable amount of angst among both Jewish and Christian followers of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob about the precarious position the State of Israel has in the global community. In particular, attention is riveted on Israel’s eroding relationship with the United States of America. For the first time since the declaration of statehood by the pioneers of the Jewish state in 1948, other than the tenuous times in the 1950s during the Eisenhower administration over Egypt and the Suez Canal, there is an openly, publicized gap in the rapport between the American President and Israeli Prime Minister. This significant breach in relations has forced many to their knees for mercy and understanding.

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15 November, 2019

Cornerstone Foundation

For almost 3,500 years, the writings attributed to Moses found in the Torah (or Pentateuch), have been the foundational building blocks of what has been labeled the “Judeo-Christian” worldview. For over two millennia, Western Civilization has developed laws, institutions, and societal mores that are derived predominantly from the legal, moral, and ethical principles recorded in these ancient texts (along with the balance of what has been determined to be the Holy Scriptures). The historical religious institutions developed by Judaism and Christianity generally recognize the authenticity of these writings, as coming directly or indirectly from the Creator God of the Heavens and Earth. But now, more than ever before in the history of Western civilization, Judeo-Christian values are being relentlessly challenged from every conceivable direction. The “culture war” for the hearts and souls of humanity is seemingly, from a human perspective, being won by the multitude of godless maturing “-isms,” that are collectively overwhelming the marketplace of ideas. Evil is considered good, while good is considered evil. What has been historically regarded as “sinful behavior” is no longer recognized as such, because moral “absolutes” are no longer considered in vogue.

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7 November, 2019

Waging War: Fight the Good Fight

For the unbelieving, “natural” human person who is bereft of the Spirit of God, journeying through time on terra firma—life is a series of struggles with elemental realities, ranging from: simple survival, thriving by one’s own faculties and five senses, and achieving success without either knowledge or experience of dimensions beyond this one. Whether it is the vagaries of different societal environments that have developed over the millennia around the world, an occasionally predictable climate or unexpected natural disasters requiring shelter to prevent death, the ubiquitous thorns and thistles impeding food production, the challenges of capturing game or raising edible livestock, or simply avoiding the violent intrusions of self-justifying humans seeking to conquer in order to survive—maintaining physical life can be compared to a series of battles to minimally endure and perpetuate the species.

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31 October, 2019

God’s Patient Perseverance

In recent weeks (Summer 2016), given the human propensity to focus on the here and now, as the inundation of information and current events cloud our thinking and thoughts, I was hurled back in time by reading a master’s thesis and a book which both detail how the Holy Scriptures have influenced events in ancient and relatively modern times. As I read those historical accounts and marveled at how a diverse array of people made significant life decisions, a specific verse from Hebrews frequently came into my mind, because there is no doubt that God’s Word has accomplished all that it was intended to, during the time since the resurrection of the Messiah…

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30 October, 2019

The Waters of Immersion – October 2019 OIM News

Now that the appointed times (moedim) of the seventh month of Tishri have ended, I have been reflecting on several things learned and observed during this year’s season of restoration toward the God of Creation. What a joy to follow this pattern for life (the Creator’s calendar) for the past quarter century, and realize how the Holy Spirit uses this time for the saint’s personal sanctification process (John 17:19)—so desperately sought by all who want to truly please, bless, and minister to our Heavenly Father, the Holy One of Israel!

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24 October, 2019

Wait Patiently Upon the Lord

Human nature by design was created in the image and likeness of the Creator (Genesis 1:26-27), and consequently—since the Maker is an initiator of actions from declaring that there be light, to the infinitesimal details of the motions of the universe, down to the anatomical minutiae of every particle ever conceived—the propensity for the people He made to naturally yearn to make things happen, is intrinsically normal. In fact, upon the formation of humanity, God positioned man and woman as stewards over the Earth with its creatures and vegetation, ultimately proclaiming the extraordinary goodness of what He initially intended them to do…

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13 October, 2019

Prophets for Hire: A Messianic Plague

Several weeks ago on the way to our Shabbat services (Summer 2008), I mentioned to my family that with Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9) being the Torah portion, it would be an excellent time for our congregational leader to address some of the problems associated with immorality in the camp. In light of our desire to keep him informed about some of the problems emerging in the Messianic community today, we had loaned him our copy of a vile volume circulating that endorsed polygamy and a number of other serious sexual deviations.

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10 October, 2019

Peaceful Proclamations

The indwelling power of the Holy Spirit of God is an awesome advantage Believers have, as the Comforter or Helper has been placed into the hearts of the faithful, to lead and teach them what the will of the Almighty is for His Creation (John 14:16, 26). With this reality manifesting itself in a very real and practical way, recent impressions from the Holy One, have given me a much fuller appreciation for what He is allowing to transpire during this critical season of the Messianic restoration currently proceeding. Hopefully, by a fuller and more mature understanding of the providential plans of the Lord God, this article will describe some of the means which have often been used by Him to communicate His will to humanity, recognizing the various limitations, because His ways and thoughts are far beyond mortal comprehension (Isaiah 58:8-9). After all, our Maker desires an intimate relationship with His human creations—and regardless of how He achieves it—He utilizes the peaceful proclamation of His Word to achieve His objectives.

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