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The Gospel According to Torah 

 



MAY 2016


Now that followers of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have commemorated the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, many are involved with the fifty days of Counting the Omer to the Feast of Weeks or Shavuot celebrated around the sixth of Sivan. During my early years as a Messianic Believer, I was perplexed about what the following command required of me in my pursuit of the Holy One of Israel:

You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the Lord (Leviticus 23:15-16).

In my desire to please Him, I researched the subject in a number of Jewish resources, and discovered that the Lord could use this discipline to enhance my walk with the Messiah, if I took the time to focus on what He commands His people to do. Consequently, I wrote a devotional book which gives other seekers an opportunity to spend some time in prayer and meditation during this season of the year, in anticipation of the outpouring of the Spirit on Shavuot, more commonly called Pentecost. The resource Counting of the Omer: A Daily Devotional Toward Shavuot follows the Jewish tradition of reading and reflecting upon Psalm 67 when the prescribed offerings would be made:

For the choir director; with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song. God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us—Selah. That Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations. Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth. Selah. Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us. God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him” (Psalm 67:1-7).

In this Psalm, there is a repetition of the theme that Israel is called to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (Exodus 19:6), and be a light to the nations (Isaiah 49:6), in order to declare of God’s character to the world. In so doing, the peoples and nations would eventually demonstrate a holy reverence for the Almighty. As I have pondered this unique responsibility for us today, in lieu of these turbulent times, I was briefly reminded of what I wrote for the January 2016 edition of OIM News, ���A Synergistic Convergence,” highlighting the loss of the culture war in America. This came to mind because of an article published in federalist.com by author Mytheos Holt, which reconfirmed from a secular viewpoint some of my conclusions. Hence this month’s article, entitled A Messianic Worldview,” is my attempt to explain why we need to maintain our faith and perspective to share the Light of the world, Messiah Yeshua, with this wicked and perverse generation:

Then Yeshua again spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life’” (John 8:12).

Finally, your support of our mission is greatly appreciated, as we have established the Theological Defense Trust and the Prison Ministry Free Book Fund to write and disseminate our materials to those seeking balanced, scholarly, and loving perspectives on what we believe the Holy Scriptures describe is happening in this hour of restoration. Thank you for your prayers and financial partnership in our efforts to produce sound teaching that we believe, in His time, will be critical for the emergence of the “one new humanity” (Ephesians 2:15) our Heavenly Father is bringing together!

The Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-25).

Advancing His Kingdom, until the restoration of all things…

Mark Huey

 

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