Parsha “Mishpatim”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship examines parsha “Mishpatim,” (Exodus chapters 22 through 24) which follows the “Ten Commandments” in a way that too many who teach that the “law is done away with” would no doubt prefer to CONTINUE to ignore.

The Erev Shabbat overview points out why the name “mishpatim,” ordinances, or judgments, is apropos, (there are more of ’em in this parsha than any other) but the structure itself speaks volumes. If the ‘ten commandments’ outline our relationships, first to our Creator, then our fellow man, in order that we might know how to stay OUT of the bondage of Egypt, then here is an immediate, dramatic contrast!

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The Sabbath day teaching is about what happens when the “Law” really IS “done away with”. Not by the One True Creator, YHVH, of course, but men who not only don’t like what He Wrote, but hate Him.

There has perhaps never been a more clear demonstration of what “lawlessness abounds” means! And this portion outlines the framework: Destroy “law”, destroy marriage and family, and slavery – REAL Slavery! – follows.

“Mishpatim: The Common Law ISN’T Any More, but PC Is Deadly”

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

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Parsha “Yitro”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship a two-part study of parsha “Yitro,” (Exodus chapters 18 through 21) which might certainly be one of the most “fundamental” in the Torah, if not even among the most important.

Mark sets out the overview in the Erev Shabbat teaching,

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The Sabbath day teaching begins with a look at the scorecard. What parts of the “Ten Commandments” still apply to a ‘church’ that already got rid of His Sabbath? So who is it really intended for, still, anyway?

“Yitro: Come all who will”

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

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Parsha “B’shalach”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

There is a military concept, sometimes attributed to ancient military strategist Sun Tzu’s book, <em>The Art of War</em><strong>, that is based on different types of fighting ground, from “open ground” to “desparate”. Today, that most desperate situation that people can find themselves in, a fight from which no escape seems possible, “backs to the wall,” or a literal fight for survival, is often called “Death Ground” by military strategists.

But one of the most ancient descriptions of such a seemingly hopeless situation comes from this week’s Torah portion, “Beshalach,” and precedes what might be the “Biggest Miracle” — in terms of scope and later fame — in all of Scripture, the “parting of the Red Sea” (ok, well, probably really the “Sea of Reeds”).

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship a two-part study of this first part of the long journey from bondage to freedom.

Mark sets out the overview in the Erev Shabbat teaching, which includes a WHOLE of elements that are fundamental to SO much of the Torah, along with what seems to be a setup for some potential contradictions:

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The Sabbath day teaching takes on those apparent “contradictions” head-on.

“B’shalach: What is often OVERLOOKED about the ‘Crossing of the Red Sea, and LIFE Ground!”

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

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Parsha “Bo”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship a two-part study of the first part of the “plagues of Egypt” (Exodus 10:1 through 13:16)

“Bo,” or GO to Pharoah, is how the final installment of the story of the ten (or, three sets of three, plus one) plagues of Egypt ends, as the command to remember and TEACH it, as the Passover, begins.

The final plague in the sequence, death of the firstborn, is indeed different, for several reasons. And all of those shed great light on the narrative, and the nature of what is, and is NOT, happening now.

Mark sets out the overview in the Erev Shabbat teaching:

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The final plague is particularly unique in that it not only requires the children of Israel to DO something specific, in order to see HOW Yahuah will “put a difference” between His people and those who will see suffer the death of the firstborn, but a repeated commandment to remember and teach it to our children, and children’s children, forever.

This story creates a narrative that is to be taught, and thus shape our lives and culture. It is, and was, supposed to be “forever”. And the fact that it has been so generally ignored, and the narrative even replaced with pagan, even “death-oriented” narratives, instead is vital to understand, and CORRECT, while there is time.

“Bo: Narratives are the Battleground!”

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

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Parsha “Vayera”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship a two-part study of the first part of the “plagues of Egypt” (Exodus 6:3 through chapter 9)

The story begins with an explanation that “When I appeared [thus, “Vayera”] to Abraham,” and Isaac, and Jacob, it was not the name “YHVH” that He emphasized, or “made Myself known.” NOW, however, “ani YHVH” is the fundamental, central part of what is to be made clear!

And that is precisely what He did, including sets of plagues that, in every respect, made that clear, and is now fundamental to what we see again being played out in our times.

Mark sets out the overview in the Erev Shabbat teaching:

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There is, of course, much more going on in this fundamental story of deliverance than just plagues, and a “hard-hearted” Pharoah. It turns out, for example, that there are two distince, and very different, Hebrew words that are translated into English as “hardened his heart,” and that makes almost as important as “whodunnit”.

But this year, in particular, there is SO much about this Torah portion that ought to literally jump off the page as we see the undeniable parallels between those plagues, and the ones at hand now. It is not just the patterns, though, that are repeating, which give us guidance. It’s the fact that we now have His Written Word, THIS time around, that gives us one huge advantage — and challenge! — that neither the people of Israel, nor “Pharoah’s magicians” had then.

“Vayeera: Lessons from Plagues, then and now. Who ‘makes a distinction’? ”

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

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Parsha “Shemot”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship a study of the first parsha this week in the Book of Exodus, the parsha and Book of Shemot in the Hebrew. (Exodus 1:1 through 6:2)

This time the story picks up about two centuries after the time of Yakov and Yosef, and the key is a new dynasty, and a pharoah “who knows NOT Joseph”.

The overview of the story itself, from that time where the tribes of Israel have already fallen into bondage, through the Egyptian version of “post-birth abortion”, and the introduction of Moshe (Moses) to his escape into the wilderness and encounter with the ‘burning bush’ are covered in the Erev Shabbat teaching:

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THe Sabbath Day teaching this week, however, takes a very different approach.

The life of Joseph is over, and somehow those that he saved have fallen into bondage. But we don’t have a lot of detail in Scripture – at least not HERE – about how that happened. What is hard to miss, however, are the parallels. We can see how much about THAT pharaoh sounds SO familiar:

Evil “leaders” who not only want to kill male children, but ALL of ’em. And they “know not YHVH”, either. But there is at least one verse (that’s not actually really IN the Bible anyway) that they know, the twisted Romans 13, GIV.
(Government Inspired Version)

We are now AT ‘the cusp’.

The essence of “Ehyeh asher ehyeh” is not ONLY “I AM,” but “I WILL BE what I WILL BE,” and it looks to a future tense. We had better choose TODAY Whom we will serve, so that we can learn to trust Him for the future He has for us!

“Shemot: We are now ‘pre-Moses’ “

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

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Parsha “Vayechi”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship a study of the final parsha in the Book of Bereshiet or Genesis, Vayechi (Gen. 47:28 through the end). It sets up what follows, and what is still in-progress.

This parsha concludes the lives of both Yakov, aka Jacob, and Israel, and his son Yosef as well, years later.

And this parsha, too – like last week, ends in a bit of a cliff-hanger. A multi-generational one at that.

Arguably the most important part of that cliff-hanger is still in play, too: “Whose are THESE?” And, since we’re still in exile – Whose are WE?

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The Sabbath day teaching is mostly about FAMILY, the fundamental unit of government in Scripture, and thus the most attacked in a world which hates His Word.

But even there again, that question remains unanswered. Whose are we?

The life of Joseph has been understood as a type of the Messiah to come, specifically, the ‘Suffering Servant,’ Meshiach ben Yosef. And the parallels are instructive, but perhaps also cautionary. Yosef actions, in accord with the plan of Yah, saved lives, and enabled the Sons oF Israel to continue toward the promises of the Covenant.

But bondage followed.

How do we make sense of the deceptions today, the war on family, and particularly the type of headship demonstrated in Scripture, given the warnings about “brother against brother,” the strife, the betrayal, that we also see in families, even in Scripture?

And how does the story of the ‘prodigal son’, perhaps give us some insight into where we are, “on the cusp”?

“Vayechi: Family, and Government ON the CUSP”

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

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Parsha “Vayigash”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for another two-part look at the parsha “Vayigash” (Genesis 44:18 – 47:22), and how the parallels – and even ‘anti-parallels’ – of the time of Yosef, and that famine, inform our options and choices today.

This parsha picks up with the climax of where the ‘cliff-hanger’ from last week left off: that Judah “man’s up” – and demonstrates beyond question to his long-lost brother — even if he doesn’t know that! — that the man Joseph remembers is now fit to be the father of kings.

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But what Mark focuses on in the Sabbath teaching is how that demonstrates one of the important understandings associated with an understanding of the cycles in history and prophecy. And part of that involves where we were, and ARE, in that cycle, especially with regard to society and human nature.

Judah showed, by his willingness to honor his oath to HIS father, even at the cost of his own life, what is so different about that time of preparedness and now. Some things are parallel to what happened in that story, while others are literally polar opposites.

Who was “prepping” then, and now? Who keeps their oaths, then and now? What does it mean that the “money failed,” then and now?

And those differences are today a literal matter of life and death.

“Vayigash: “What Judah’s fidelity to HIS oath tells us about what’s coming”

The combined two-part teaching is here via the Hebrew Nation Page.

 

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Parsha “Miketz”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at the parsha “Miketz” (Genesis 41:1 -4:17).

This parsha begins with Yosef still in prison, two full years after we left the story. It is Pharoah’s dreams that now take center stage, as the 30-year-old finds himself catapulted by the hand of Yah to the Number 2 position in all Egypt, and becomes the world’s pre-eminent “Prepper” in the process.

The Erev Shabbat overview lays that out.

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The Sabbath Day study still has to do with the “Plan of Yah.” But in this case it’s the CONTRASTS that are interesting; Mark describes the contrast as the “opposite part of the cycle”, of history and prophecy.

Imagine a time – even under a pagan Pharoah! – when men like Joseph were recognized as “discerning and wise” and got promototed to positions of authourity, in order to SAVE lives rather than ridiculed or villified. Scripture describes a number of wise kings, concerned for their people, who prepared for “hard times”.

What marks this cycle, however, is the opposite situation. There are clearly VERY evil people, servants of the “prince of this world,” who come “but to kill and destroy”, and seek not to help people survive the coming “lean years,” but maximize the destruction.

Thankfully, we have the instruction Torah, the lessons of history and the prophets, and the examples of men like Yosef to help US prepare for what is so clearly coming.

Miketz: Prepping for the OTHER Part of the Prophetic Cycle!

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

 

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Parsha “Vayashev”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at the parsha “Vayashev” (Genesis chapters 37 through 40).

This time the focus of the story shifts to the sons of Yakov, but primarily Yosef (Joseph) — who ultimately gets “more ink” than just about any other individual in the first Book. More importantly, he becomes a central figure in Scripture is just about every way imaginable, in patterns that begin to emerge in this parsha.

The Erev Shabbat overview lays that out.

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The Sabbath Day study is really all about the “Plan of Yah.” Here is a young man, at least at first, who might not initially have been particularly “seasoned,” which didn’t win him any points with his brothers. A case could (and no doubt has) been made that a series of events, beyond his control, starting here, brought him to a place of prominence in Scripture. But that doesn’t reveal the whole Truth, much less why it matters so much for us today to understand what it was he was being taught.

Because what WAS withing Yakov’s control was how he reacted to his lengthy, even painful, process of “grooming” for what YHVH had for him to do.

“Vayashev: “His Plan, Our Choice”

The combined two-part teaching is here, for on-line listening and download:

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