Parsha “Bo” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha Bo (Exodus/Shemot 10:1 through 13:16) completes the “plagues” part of the Exodus from Egypt that led to the delivery of the mixed multitude of the sons of Israel from bondage. In the process it also introduces the “eginning of months for you” and outlines WHY what also happens is of such vital importance that we are to keep this feast “FOREVER” (whether we have been taught that Truth by a paganized ‘church’ or not!)

The Erev Shabbat overview:

The parallels (or, with all due respect to Mark Twain) the “rhymes” in both history and prophecy between that time and now are hard to ignore.

Last week, Mark observed that this nation and this world faces either judgments or plagues, and ultimately both. This week it became pretty clear that it’s judgment, and soon.

A totalitarian regime, using the unholy alliance of a “public-private partnership” combining government powers of censorship and coercion with allegedly “private”, but monopolistically huge businesses, is systematically shutting down communications — especially when it serves the ‘prince of this world.’

How can what Yahuah and His Word be so silenced?

But wait just a minute. Moses had no access to Two-Faced Book. He didn’t tweet. There as no “mass communications” prior to the original Exodus. And yet literlly MILLIONS of people got the message: “Ani Yahuah!!!”

So what is the message WE should get? Mark has some observations that run the gamut.

“Bo: Bring on the Plagues!”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

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Parsha “Vayera” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha Shemot (Exodus/Shemot 6:2 through all of chapter 9) is the story of, among other things, the first of the famous “plagues” of Egypt that led to the delivery of the mixed multitude of the sons of Israel from bondage.

The Erev Shabbat overview:

During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark again builds on the perhaps “nerdy” observation that our Creator build the world based on cycles. And that DURING those historic, political, social, economic, and even Biblical-scale cycles, there are times of “judgments” and of “plagues”.

It’s important we have discernment to tell the difference.

Coming VERY soon, this world faces either judgments or plagues. (In the longer run, both.) In addition to Who we choose to serve, and what we must come out of, we have a choice about our hearts, too.

“Vayera: Plagues or Judgments — whether with Strong Hearts – or Stubborn “

The combined two-part teaching is here, via the Hebrew Nation Radio page.

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Parsha “Shemot” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha Shemot (Exodus/Shemot 1:1 through 6:1) begins the Book which of course has the same Hebrew name. It begins the story of the life of Moshe (Moses) and the beginning of the end of the time of bondage in Egypt.

The Erev Shabbat overview:

One of the key setup elements of this part of the story is a “new king who knew NOT Joseph.”

The Sabbath day teaching begins with a question that seems to resonate now than perhaps ever before in the history of what was the American Republic. “What made ‘Moses’, MOSES!”? He didn’t choose to be the savior of the tribes of Israel, or lead them out of bondage. And yet the totality of the story suggests he had a purpose set out for him even before his birth. His life moved according to what clearly looks like a plan.

He was born when he was, for why he was. Arguably, perhaps all of us were born now, “for such a time as this.”

And the punchline is that Yosef was SOLD into bondage, yet Yahuah had a plan that saved them all. Before the slaves in Egypt ‘groaned,’ and cried out from their bondage, Moshe was already being prepped.

The parallels in the stories of a people then who, once free, moved into slavery in a period of just over 200 years cannot be overlooked. Neither can the examples of leadership that Yahuah provided them, or the lessons.

“Shemot: Slave, Free, and Redeemed — Redeemed at a PRICE, we much not again be slaves of men!”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via the Hebrew Nation Radio page.

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Parsha “Vayigash” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha “Vayigash” (Genesis 44:18-47:27) begins with the ‘cliffhangar’ that ended the previous parsha, when “Judah comes near” to the man he does not YET realize is his brother Joseph, and gives the most important speech of his life,

The Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) study picks it up there:

Most of the time, when we take a deeper look at this parsha, the focus is on the central figures: Judah, who becomes the first “penitent” in Scripture, admits his serious mistake, and “mans up” to take responibility for, and the place of, his youngest brother, Benyamin. And Yosef, who becomes the first human to forgive another.

But there’s another element this year, in “such a time as this,” which merits our attention, too. When the people of Mitzraim (Egypt) finally run out of silver (aka, “money”), they first sell all their livestock, then finally their land, and even themselves, into bondage, in exchange for food to live. And Joseph imposes a feudal duty on them: a full fifth, or 20%, of their produce.

Would it be wonderful if modern Big Brother Pharoah was even half so benevolent!

If you compare Joseph’s Pharoah to the modern, and ‘evolving,’ Beast — a different picture emerges.

Join Mark Call as he takes a look at prophecies we’ve all heard about, and been watching for, as we head into…

“Vayigash: Joseph’s Pharoah vs ‘the Beast’ — By Their Masks Ye Shall Know Them!”

The combined two-part teaching is here:, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

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Parsha “Miketz” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha “Miketz” (Genesis 41:1 – 44:17) continues the story, and the character development of Yosef, and at least sets the stage for that which sets Judah apart as well.

The Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) overview and intro lays it all out:

This time through the cycle, Mark Call takes a closer look at the ‘character issues’ outlined in the parsha. It’s clear that Yosef has matured in both “discernment” (‘bien’ in the original Hebrew) and “wisdom” (‘chakam’). But what should really resonate now is that he demonstrated what Pharoah recognized was needed in THAT time.

Today, at the onset of a different “time of trouble” — the same characteristics are vital. And we must not only develop them in ourselves, but be just as able to recognize them given what is ahead.

“Miketz: Character for a time of trouble”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

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Parsha “Vayeshev” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha “Vayeshev” (Genesis chapters 37 through 40) begins by saying ‘these are the generations of Yakov, or Jacob, but it really starts with the story of Yosef, or Joseph.

In between, there’s a revealing “digression” (OK, actually an ‘atbash’) about Judah beginning to ‘man up,’ and a whole lot of hints about why the challenges they faced are still ever-so-relevant.

The Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) overview and intro lays it all out:

Over the weekend, the US no-longer-all-that supreme court rolled over for one of the biggest cop-outs in history, and set the stage for what might well be the final step leading to civil war, or perhaps even much worse. For that reason alone, the insight into personal challenges in the life of major figures in Scripture as they walked out what was so clearly ‘His plan’ must not be missed.

Will we recognize not only His hand at work, but His insruction?

“Vayeshev: Preparing His People ‘for such a time as this'”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

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Parsha “Vayishlach” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa Fellowship for the two-part study of the life of Yakov, or Jacob, as he now returns to the land, both of his birth AND the promise, for the long-awaited encounter with his brother, Esau.

Is he still murderously angry, two decades later? Is it “kill or be killed”?

Parsha “Vayetze” (Genesis chapters 32:3 through all of 36) addresses the issue of “brother against brother,” and the possibility of reconciliation, and restoration of ‘right relationship’. It’s also about faith, and promises, and even “how to pray”.

The Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) overview and intro:

The fact that internal strife, not just in the no-longer-very-united States seems almost inevitable makes the confrontation between the two brothers — which did NOT end, at least immediately, in bloodshed — seem more relevant than ever. But there is a related question that also figures prominently in this parsha: Just WHO is Esau?

“Vayishlach: Brother vs Brother”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

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Parsha “Vayetze” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa Fellowship for the two-part study of the life of Yakov, or Jacob, as he travels to Haran, which essentially begins the story of the twelve tribes.

Parsha “Vayetze” (Genesis chapters 28:10 through 32:3) finds Yakov staying ‘en route’ at “Beit El” for his first direct encounter with Yahuah, and hearing the promises directly, after which he continues to the house of Laban the Aramean.

First, the Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) overview and intro:

There is again much in “Scripture as Written” that is no longer “PC,” and that again speaks volumes about what has become of this society. But the Sabbath Day teaching this week is more about some of the elements of the parsha that inspire questions. Why did Jacob weep when he first saw, and kissed, Rachel?

And what were the elements that helped him understand it was finally time to ‘return to the land of your birth,’ as commanded? He heard the command of YHVH directly; today, we have His Word and examples like Yakov that provide guidance in “such a time as this.”

“Vayetze: What happens when we see Laban’s ‘Countenance change’?”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

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Parsha “Toldot” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Toldot (Genesis 25:19 – 28:9) is a Torah portion that may, in contrast to those that preceded it, be one of the most ambiguous, even confusing, in the story of the patriarchs.

THe story of Isaac (Yitzak) and Rivkah (Rebecca) begins the parsha, where twins “struggle within her” after 20 childless years. The Shabbat (Friday evening) overview continues through Esau’s “selling his birthright for a cup of pottage,” a ‘like father, like son,’ period with Abimelech, and what seems like an oddly out-of-place interlude about strife and contention over wells, followed finally by perhaps the most concerning story in the sequence, where Yakov, whose legacy is considered to be synonymous with ’emet’, or truth, apparently lies to his father to usurp his older twin’s blessing as well.

What is perhaps most striking about parsha “Toldot,” after several weeks of stories that are SO clear, so foundational, even so unequivical, is how ambiguous this one SEEMS to be. Even some of the pieces don’t seem to fit. And how can such an at best ambiguous story about what might almost be called a disfunctional family teach us about “unsettled times” like these.

Ah, there. Maybe the pieces really DO all fit:

“Toldot: Ambiguity, Confusion, and Why We Can Relate”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

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Mark Call –Parsha “Chayei Sarah” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa Fellowship for the two-part study of parsha “Chayei Sarah” (Genesis 23:1 – 25:18).

This is the Torah portion whose stories may set more “law precedent” than any other in Scripture.

The Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) overview and intro begins with the first recorded land contract in human history. Everything that later became and element of what ‘contract’ is about in ‘common law’ is demonstrated here. And that is followed up by the story of ‘a bride for Isaac,’ which not only shows us THE template for marriage, but for what it means to be a “good and faithful servant,” and to come “in the name of” the master.

As a nation and a world slide into lawlessness, the foundational nature of the events described in such detail in this parsha become ever more important. But the level of DETAIL about these events gives us an even greater insight into the promises of Yah.

And that is the focus of the Sabbath Day teaching. Abraham is THE original example in Scripture of a “man of faith.” The promises we inherited through him are still at the heart of what Covenant is about. Yet they only became manifest in his life when HE took personal action and responsibility. There is a lesson in that for us. And, yes, again – ESPECIALLY ‘in such a time as this!’

“Chayei Sarah: Got faith? DO Something with it!”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via the Hebrew Nation Radio page.

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