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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Parsha “Vayera” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa Fellowship for the two-part study of the life of the first of the patriarchs, Abraham, now AFTER his name change. And this one includes one of the most important, and prophetic, events in the Book.

Parsha “Vayera” (Genesis chapters 18 through 22) begins with the story of Sarah’s laughter, and Abraham’s “dickering” with Yahuah regarding the coming destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and ends with the “Akieda,” or ‘binding of Isaac.”

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

The Sabbath Day teaching focuses on the elements of character that characterize the Father of Nations. Abraham is the epitome of “chesed,” the Hebrew word sometimes translated as ‘hospitality,’ ‘charity’, or loving-kindness. His level of ‘faith’ is literally of Biblical proportions.

But it’s the way he demonstrated responsibility — not just personal, but beyond — that is of particular interest in “such a time as this.”

“Vayera: Walk BEFORE Me – and be fit for My purpose for you”

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

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Parsha “Lekh Lekha” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa Fellowship for a two-part study of the first parsha in the life of the first of the patriarchs, Abram — before and up to his name change.

It’s known as “Lekh Lekha” (Genesis chapters 12 through 17) because the first unique words, and indeed the start of his walk before Yahuah, is “Get the OUT…” of the place you are, and go to the place I will show you.

Is is surprising at all that those words still apply today?

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

The Sabbath Day teaching is again about some parallels. Abram, before he was renamed, had a ‘narrow path’ of his own to walk. And he was human, he made some mistakes. Perhaps just as interesting, from our perspective today, he ‘came out of’ a pagan place, as was told to go to ‘the land’ — but that too was in fact a pagan place.

It’s what we can learn about his ‘walk before Me’ en route that we need to pay attention to ‘in such a time as this.’

“Lekh Lekha: ‘Get Thee OUT!’ – Then and Now – so ‘Walk before Me’ “

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

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Parsha “Noach” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa Fellowship for a two-part look at one of the most well-know — and now that includes for “prophetic” reasons as well! — portions in the Torah, Noach (or Noah, Genesis 6:8 through chapter 11).

This parsha begins with the Flood. And there is certainly much associated with that event that most people who only heard about it in “sunday school” are’t aware of. But it also extends through and into the next big “cycle” in history and Scripture as well.

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

For the “no-holds-barred,” lets-talk-in-depth Sabbath Day teaching, Mark admits up front the the ever-more applicable prophetic warning from the Meshiach in Matthew 24 about “as it was in the days of Noach” is somethat that we’ve not only done before, but it’s almost “overdone” now. Still, His Truth is ever more so for a reason.

So this will be quite a different look than you’ll hear from EITHER of the ‘whoring houses’. For reasons that will be made more clear as we see the inevitable unfold.

“Noach: We’ve all heard ‘as it was in the Days of…’ by now — where are we REALLY?” “

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

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Parsha “Bereshiet” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week the Torah cycle begings anew, “Bereshiet”, or literally, In the Beginning.

This is the bedrock the ‘foundation’ upon which all that follows rests. And it’s perhaps one of the most densely “information packed” sets of chapters in the entire Book. In the beginning is not just the creation story, or the garden story, or even ‘the Fall,’ and a whole lotta begattin

It’s really about Authority, and obedience, marriage, deception, and exile.

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

People who understand that — whether it’s the human eye, a bird’s wing, the DNA double helix, the night sky, or Maxwell’s equations — that there MUST be a Creator, may not be so convinced that the Bible really IS His Word. Study Genesis!

And have them start ‘in the beginning.’ But, as Mark points out, if you REALLY want to understand just how much “information” is packed into even the first verse of that Word, get as close as you can to the Original, because it is literally impossible to translate it all into any other form. Even mathematics…

But that part of the story that ultimately tells us about the human condidtion, and “Adam-kind,” just begins in chapter 3!

“B’reshiet: In the Beginning…A Failure of ‘Covering’ – and THEN Comes the Deluge!” “

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

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Parsha “V’zot HaBaraka” teaching – and the Last Great Day of Sukkot – from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week is THE final parsh the Torah (“V’zot HaBaraka- Deuteronomy chapters 33 and 34) and completes the reading of the Torah for the annual cycle, as well as the ‘renewed cycle,’ which begins in Bereshiet (or Genesis) 1. Likewise, it is also the final High Holy Day, or ‘Last Great Day,’ of the Fall Moedim, or Appointed Times, of Yahuah known as Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles.

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

Because this week marks the END of the annual Torah cycle, and the beginning (In the Beginning!) of the next, as well as the end of the week of the annual cycle of His Appointed Times, the cycle that marks His birth as the “Torah Made Flesh,” and perhaps part of the greatest cycle of all — still building to a Climax of Biblical Proportions — it is ever-so-apropos to talk about cycles, and even something Mark calls the “Frequency Domain.” How is that important? And how do if affect how we should walk that “narrow path,” today? This time around…

“V’zot HaBaraka: The Frequency Domain – the Split and the Switch’ ” “

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

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Sukkot teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week marks the first Sabbath — and first Holy day — of the Feast of Sukkot, or Tabernacles. Not only is it one of THE most joyous of His Moedim, it is always of special significance, and perhaps particularly this year.

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa Fellowship begins to lay it all out during the Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) overview:

The Sabbath day teaching is about the “rest of the story,” because there is FAR more. It is a look back at the history, and the historic prophecy, and almost by definition, a look ahead at things yet to be fulfilled.

And here, as so properly fits THIS time of the season, the theme is “JOY!”

“Sukkot: We CAN be Joyful in ‘such a time as this’ ” “

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

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Parsha “Ha’azinu” teaching before Yom Kippur from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week is the second-to-last parsha in the Torah (“Ha’azinu – Deuteronomy chapter 32) and also marks a major element of the Already-in-Progress Fall Moedim, or Appointed Times, of Yahuah. Be sure to listen to this one, and share it, ASAP!

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

The Sabbath day teaching has to start “inside-out” this week, because of the ‘times and the seasons.’ We are near the front end of the Fall Holy Days, approaching the Day of Atonement, and also so very much of what looks like are described as judgments of Yah. And things are literally “coming to a head,” probably violently, world-wide.

Why does so much of what we see in Scripture THIS WEEK seem to point to things we see, well, RIGHT NOW, too?

“Ha’azinu: The Rock, Bad Things, and Other Stuff We ‘inherited from our fathers’ ” “

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

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