Reunion Roadmap 4/16/2022 – In the Business of Gathering: Jeff Apthorp, part 1

Jeff Apthorp has been in the business of gathering people since his teenage years. That’s what brought him into a career in Christian radio, where he built and maintained networks that broadcast the good news of redemption in Messiah Yeshua across the globe. Now that he’s retired, he continues to pursue that passion with the inspiration of our Creator’s promise to gather and restore all of Messiah’s kingdom. That’s the vision behind I Will Gather You Radio, a new internet station Jeff has launched a a ministry of Founded in Truth Fellowship. How that vision developed is the subject of our three-part interview with Jeff.

Will Spires and Solomon Lopez share that same vision of Israel’s complete regathering. They’ve been writing music about it for years, as you’ll hear in the songs they share on this program. Then Barry Phillips and David Jones share another perspective on the subject in their midrash on Metzora, which they call, “Examining Ourselves.”

To find out more about I Will Gather You Radio, and to download apps for both iPhone and Android, visit the website at https://iwillgatheryou.com/.

In the Valley of the Lepers

BFB220409 Leper on the Day of His Cleansing
Leper on the day of his cleansing, Simon Fokke, after a drawing Louis Fabritius Dubourg, 1722-1784, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

The reason we don’t reach out more to undesirable people is because they are, well, undesirable. But how much of that undesirableness is because they are actually toxic to us, and how much is a description we have assigned based on our own preferences? This is why it’s uncomfortable to read that our Messiah made a habit of reaching out to the undesirables. It gets even more uncomfortable when we realize we ourselves are undesirable, but He reached out to us anyway.

Leviticus 14:1-15:33; 2 Kings 7:3-20; Exodus 29:19-21; John 5:19-20, 14:9-15; James 1:26-27, 4:1-12

Click here to listen to the podcast: In the Valley of the Lepers

Click here to download the transcript: In the Valley of the Lepers.pdf

Music: “Made to Leave” (feat. Mason Clover), Exodus Road Band, Heart of the Matter, 2016. See the official video on Youtube at https://youtu.be/3_w1EGc78Y4. The Exodus Road Band’s music is available at www.exodusroadband.com

Weekly Bible Reading for April 3-9: Metzora (The Leper)

This coming week, April 3-9 (2-8 Nisan 5782), the Bible reading plan covers the portion Metzora (The Leper).

03 Apr Leviticus 14:1-12 Nehemiah 11:1-36 John 13:31-14:7 Psalm 78:21-33
04 Apr Leviticus 14:13-20 Nehemiah 12:1-47 John 14:8-31 Psalm 78:34-39
05 Apr Leviticus 14:21-32 Nehemiah 13:1-31 John 15:1-17 Psalm 78:40-53
06 Apr Leviticus 14:33-53 Job 1:1-2:13 John 15:18-16:11 Psalm 78:54-64
07 Apr Leviticus 14:54-15:15 Job 3:1-26 John 16:12-33 Psalm 78:65-72
08 Apr Leviticus 15:16-28 Job 4:1-5:27 John 17:1-26 Proverbs 20:1-7
09 Apr Leviticus 15:29-33 Malachi 3:4-4:6 John 18:1-19 Proverbs 20:8-14

The complete annual Bible reading plan for 2021-22 (Hebrew year 5782) is available at this link:

Weekly Bible Reading for April 11-17 2021: Tazria (Leprosy) & Metzora (The Leper)

This coming week, April 4-10 2021 (29 Nisan-5 Iyar), the Bible reading plan covers the following portions.

Tazria (Leprosy); Metzora (The Leper)

11 Apr Leviticus 12:1-13:23 Job 4:1-5:27 Acts 2:1-21 Proverbs 21:21-31
12 Apr Leviticus 13:24-39 Job 6:1-7:21 Acts 2:22-42 Psalm 81:1-16
13 Apr Leviticus 13:40-54 Job 8:1-9:35 Acts 2:43-3:10 Psalm 82:1-8
14 Apr Leviticus 13:55-14:20 Job 10:1-11:20 Acts 3:11-26 Proverbs 22:1-6
15 Apr Leviticus 14:21-32 Job 12:1-13:28 Acts 4:1-22 Proverbs 22:7-11
16 Apr Leviticus 14:33-15:15 Job 14:1-15:35 Acts 4:23-37 Proverbs 22:12-16
17 Apr Leviticus 15:16-33 2 Kings 7:3-20 Acts 5:1-20 Proverbs 22:17-23

The complete annual Bible reading plan for 2020-21 (Hebrew year 5781) is available at this link:

Resurrection of the Leprous Prodigal

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, The King Uzziah Stricken with Leprosy  (Wikimedia Commons)

Those who have leprosy might as well be dead.  Never mind that the disease we call leprosy today may or may not be one of the skin diseases meant by the Hebrew word tzara’at (צָרַעַת).  The fact is, whoever had it was cut off from the community:

Now the leper on whom the sore is, his clothes shall be torn and his head bare; and he shall cover his mustache, and cry, “Unclean!  Unclean!”  He shall be unclean. All the days he has the sore he shall be unclean. He is unclean, and he shall dwell alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp.  (Leviticus 13:45-46 NKJV)

Think about that for a moment.  Lepers could not go home.  They could not have any kind of normal relationship with their family members, friends, business associates, or anyone else with whom they interacted before the cursed condition fell upon them.  It did not matter what station of life the leper occupied; whether peasant or king, the disease cut them off from the life of the nation.  Even mighty King Uzziah of Judah learned that.  Although he reigned for 52 years in Jerusalem, the leprosy he contracted in the midst of his reign meant that he was king in name only:

King Uzziah was a leper until the day of his death.  He dwelt in an isolated house, because he was a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the Lord.  Then Jotham his son was over the king’s house, judging the people of the land.  (II Chronicles 26:21 NKJV)

How can a person shepherd the people of God when he is cut off from the House of God?  Is there any hope for him, or for the people he is anointed to lead?

Yes, there is hope.  That is why the Torah portion Metzora (The Leper; Leviticus 14:1-15:33) provides elaborate detail on the procedures for cleansing lepers.  Once healed, the priests help them through this process to restore them to their place in society.  In a certain sense, this is a resurrection from a type of death, and thus it is a symbol of what Messiah will do. 

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