Parsha “B’shalach” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week’s Torah portion begins immediately AFTER the ‘plagues of Egypt’, in parsha ‘B’shalach,’ (Exodus 13:17 through chapter 17), and includes one of the most famous miracles in the entire Book – the ‘parting of the Red Sea’ (OK, more accurately the Sea of Reeds).

Again, the bottom line for the signs, miracles, and plagues is “Ani YHVH!”. And this time there’s a specific instruction as a result — albeit one that the ‘whore church’ has ignored, often even lied about, for centuries.

On Erev Shabbat, as usual, Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa goes through the whole story….

During the Sabbath day ‘more-in-depth’ study, Mark again returns to the concept of cycles, and what the specifics of THIS pattern might tell us about OTHER cycles, like the one of truly “Biblical proportions” that we are now in. But, WHERE? It is certainly interesting to look for prophetic parallels, and indications from accounts like this one to attempt to establish “where we are” on a timeline. No doubt there are some major differences in things that we can look at, such as levels of ‘faith,’ or obedience to Yah, or even more consistent patterns like human nature itself.

But the Sabbath day teaching this week definitely explores a slightly different, admittedly even “nerdy”, way to examine the problem.

We can look at patterns in TIME, such as ‘what happens when,’ and in what order, or we can look at them in other ways, such as, what happens over and over again, and how often. And even, which of those things might end up being so important, that some later observers, or the Messiah Himself might point them out as having special significance. If they repeat regularly, like every seven days, or at the same time each year, a nerd with an engineer’s perspective, like Mark, might even say we can talk about them in the ‘frequency domain.’

All the more reason to look very closely into what the story is teaching us. They saw the cloud – and the miracles – in person. But we have an advantage they did NOT.

“B’shalach: Cycles and Patterns – from the Time Domain to Prophecy”

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

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Parsha “Bo” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week’s Torah portion completes the story specific to the plagues of Egypt, in parsha ‘Bo,’ (Exodus 10:1 through 13:16), and the basis for literally ‘the beginning of months’, and the time of Pesach.

Again, the bottom line for the signs, miracles, and plagues is “Ani YHVH!”. And this time there’s a specific instruction as a result — albeit one that the ‘whore church’ has ignored, often even lied about, for centuries.

On Erev Shabbat, as usual, Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa goes through the whole story, picking up this time with the plague of locusts, and culminating with the ‘death of the firstborn’.

Be sure to ‘stay tuned’ for the Sabbath Day teaching, and “food for thought.” Often, we tend to look for prophetic parallels, and indications from accounts like this one to attempt to establish “where we are” on a timeline. And Mark has always been a big proponent of understanding cycles, and patterns.

But the Sabbath day teaching this week definitely explores a slightly different perspective. There are certainly things in this week’s plagues that suggest parallels. We have plagues of locusts, not only literal but certainly metaphoric. And that applies even more so to the kind of “darkness which may be FELT.”

Yet there are other major differences, too. Pharoah then did NOT want to “let the people go,” while today’s pharoah-equivalents seem intent on killing masses of them instead. And there’s certainly no candidate for a Moses-like contender to confront hard-hearted tyrants now like there was then, much less a general understanding of just Who is driving the narrative.

All the more reason to look very closely into what the story is teaching us.

“Bo: Plagues and Pharohes – Then and Now”

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

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Parsha “Vayera” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week’s Torah portion describes the first of the plagues of Egypt, in parsha ‘Vayera,’ (Exodus 6:2 through chapter 9).

And that word, ‘vayera,’ translated as “and I appeared” begins a verse that has been described as confusing, since it SEEMS to imply that Yahuah had NOT ‘made Himself known’ to the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, via that Name. But, in fact, He certainly did, as the text makes clear, more than once. So there must be another explanation; indeed, there are several possibilities, but Mark suggests that the one most clear is also the one that this Book is all about: “Ani YHVH!”:
it’s one thing to use a name, even Hi; it’s another entirely to make sure that all of humanity KNOWS what that Name is all about. By demonstration, by His ‘mighty arm,’ power, and strength. And more.

On Erev Shabbat, as usual, Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa goes through the whole story, including so many of the fascinating patterns that underlie the sets of plagues:

The Sabbath day teaching this week is about the heart of the questions raised by what it means that “by my Name ‘Yahuah’ I did not – then – make Myself known to them…” but – in THIS part of the story, He certainly does. One of those questions is arguably, “well, then, what about NOW?” Many of those who claim to be “followers” or “believers” don’t seem to know what His Name even is, much less what “making His Name KNOWN — to US! — really implies.

But that’s just the beginning.

“Vayera: Questions from the FIRST Set of Plagues”

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

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Parsha “Shemot” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week we begin the study of a new Book, and a new phase of the story, in parsha ‘Shemot,’ (Exodus 1:1 through 6:2).

And it begins with an evil ruler who fears people that seem stronger than he, and thus wants to enslave them, and who especially wants to kill all the male children. Does it sound familiar yet? Admittedly, evil tyrants today want to kill ALL the children, and particularly to emasculate the young boys, but it’s a pattern Scripture makes clear.

On Erev Shabbat, Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa first covers the whole story, following the times of the original ‘sons of Israel’. The story gives us the first example in the Bible of very special women who DON’T believe the Whore Church rendering of Romans 13 (GIV, ‘Government-Inspired Version) — and, no doubt amazing to some, aren’t punished by an angry god for their disobedience. And it follows then the life of a young Moses, who begins a long process of becoming one of the central figures in Scripture.

But during the Sabbath day teaching this week, Mark takes a deeper look at the women in this first part of the story. Without them, there would have been no boy to grow up into Moshe.

The fact that this teaching emphasizes that part of the history, and is SO ‘politically incorrect’, is a big part of the reason why it is also SO important, and why a world that has made key elements of His Word SO ‘untouchable’ is such a stinkin’ mess. It’s also why the term “Covenant with Death” figures so prominently: Because it’s so True.

And THIS time, there is a ‘Bad Guy’. Actually, lots of ’em, and they serve the same master.

They’re not hiding it any more, either.

“Shemot: When did Nurturing get replaced by a ‘Covenant with Death’?”

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

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Parsha “Vayechi” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha ‘Vayechi,’ “And lived Yakov…” is the last one in the Book of Genesis, and concludes the lives of both Yakov, or Jacob, and later his son Yosef/Joseph (Genesis/Bereshiet 47:28 on). It’s also arguably the first of the “grafting in” stories of the ‘house of Israel,’ in the form of Yakov’s ‘adoption’ of Yosef’s two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh (or is it the other way around?) into the ‘twelve’ tribes — depending on how they are counted in context, of course.

And it sets the stage for the bondage to follow.

On Erev Shabbat, Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa first covers the whole story, and some of those important nuances:

On first reading, this might be one of the few stories in the Bible where there is no obvious antagonist, or bad guy, much less a character that seems to represent ‘the Adversary,’ or outright evil. And yet, the word certainly appears, and there’s a setup for the next Book of Exodus that begs an important question: How did these sons of Israel descend so dramatically into bondage and slavery?

And, interestingly, it took about the same time for them as it did for America, since the Revolution for independence, to end up in another form of bondage.

Mark suggests that it hinges on a question that Jacob asks his son, apparently concerning his grandsons, but also for which he already knew the answer: “Whose are THESE?”

The Sabbath Day teaching suggests the question is about FAR more than meets the eye.

“Vayechi: Dealing With Evil”

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

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Parsha “Vayigash” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at parsha ‘Vayigash,’ (Genesis/Bereshiet 44:18 – 47:27): the second part of the “cliffhanger” story, where we see how Yosef’s plan works out, and the surprising development that makes it far different – and certainly better! – than he seemed to have been expecting.

Joseph clearly had a plan. And when we left off the story last week, at the ‘cliffhanger’, it was at the point of “Max Q” – where the stresses have reached the point where the ‘Truth will out’. And that turns out to be not just a turning point in all of their lives, but all of history.

First, on Erev Shabbat, Mark goes over the setup, and the whole story:

The Sabbath Day teaching is really about plans: Joseph’s plan to begin with, and, more importantly, how it fit with his Master’s far greater, larger, longer term plan.

There is, of course, an important lesson for us in here as well. And it might not necessarily be precisely many of us were taught in ‘sun-god-day skool’. Sometimes we DO have to discern, test, and ‘make judgments’ even. From here on out, it may well be a matter of life and death.

“Vayigash: Joseph’s Plan, Yah’s Still Bigger Plan, and Ours”

The combined two-part podcast is here, via the Hebrew Nation Radio 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 parsha ‘Miketz,’ (Genesis/Bereshiet 41:1 – 44:17): the next installment in the story of the life of Yosef, or Joseph, and the middle of what could rightly be called the “Cliffhanger Series” story of Genesis.

It also really begins to give us a good look into the understanding of the man who is said to foreshadow the then-coming Messiah, as “Meshiach ben Yosef,” a.k.a., the “Suffering Servant.”

First, the Erev Shabbat overview of the entire portion:

During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark begins with the reminder that Joseph has been called the ‘suffering servant,’ and a “type and shadow” of at least one ‘aspect’ of the Messiah, a.k.a., Meshiach ben Yosef. He endured hardships in order to be in place to save many lives, including those who sold him into slavery.

But it’s the patterns and cycles of both history and prophecy that are the focus this week. Often they ‘rhyme,’ but sometimes the OPPOSITE half-cycle is what we see playing out; similar, but OPPOSITE. And that is what should really merit our attention today!

“Miketz: Discernment and Wisdom – or – the Opposite Half of the Cycle!”

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

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Parsha “Vayeshev” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at parsha ‘Vayeshev,’ (Genesis/Bereshiet chapters 37 through 40) and the first installment in the story of the life of Yosef, or Joseph, and what ultimately emerges as the ‘origin story’ of the two lines of kings that become the two houses, and outline an important picture of divisions that still persist today.

First, the Erev Shabbat overview of the entire portion:

During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark observes that sometimes it can be the ‘small parts’ of the story that may provide the clues that help us understand not only the character of the players involved, but an insight into how what might seem very different about their lives and challenges can guide us today.

Who actually took Yosef out of that pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites? Was it his brothers, or the Midianites? And does it really matter? Maybe, but not for the reason we might have thought.

And we probably know that Joseph has been called the ‘suffering servant,’ and a “type and shadow” of at least one ‘aspect’ of the Messiah, a.k.a., Meshiach ben Yosef. He endured hardships in order to be in place to save many lives, including those who sold him into slavery. Today, we face what may be the biggest act of mass murder in human history, and a precursor to the coming “Mark of the Beaat,” as well. Any parallels there?

“Vayeshev: Sometimes It’s Vital to Refuse to Be Comforted”

The combined two-part podcast 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 a two-part look at parsha ‘Vayishlach,’ (Genesis/Bereshiet 32:4 through chapter 36) and the next part of the story of the life of Yakov, or Jacob, when he begins his long return trip but faces some VERY large challenges along the way, including has brother Esau (is he still angry after two decades?) and what looks like an army of 400 men. But, even still, there is more to it than that.

And it’s arguably a battle — on a number of fronts — that we still face.

First, the Erev Shabbat overview of the entire portion:

Yakov is again identified with ’emet,’ or ‘truth,’ in verse 11 of this first chapter of the parsha. But again, another prominent aspect of his life has to do with ‘struggle.’ And that struggle is on multiple fronts, with at least two differnt emotional reactions to examine.

This is a parsha that, once again, REALLY speaks to us in a time of struggle.

Yakov even was said to have struggled with Yah. This week, he struggled, “with man and with Elohim.” Later in the portion, we see that he speaks with Yah, and is renamed “Isaac,” but for a SECOND time. Why twice? And just who, or Who, did he wrestle with that first time?

The questions here should help us understand not only THAT struggle, that didn’t end in death the next day, but evidently never ended at ALL, and how so much of Yakov’s struggle then remains something we “wrestle” with today, at minimum.

“Vayishlach: We STILL Wrestle”

The combined two-part podcast 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 a two-part look at parsha ‘Vayetze,’ (Genesis/Bereshiet 28:10 through 32:3) and the story of the life of Yakov, or Jacob, after he leaves home and begins to become the father of what will become the twelve tribes of Israel. But there is, of course, far more to it than that.

First, the Erev Shabbat overview of the entire portion:

Yakov is often identified with ’emet,’ or ‘truth,’ as Mark mentioned during last week’s teaching. But there another prominent aspect of his life has to do with ‘struggle.’ And while the struggles we face today may seem quite different, the opposite is far closer to being true.

This is a parsha that merits a close look for that reason alone.

Yakov even was said to have struggled with Yah. And somehow that appears to even be something for which he was praised in Scripture. Still, Yahushua warned that the path that we should walk is “narrow,” and “few there be that find it.” That sounds like it might describe a struggle as well.

And, no doubt about it, the coming collapse of “Biblical proportions,” the attempt to foment a destructive ‘civil war,’ and coerce millions to commit ‘suicide by injection’ – or worse – is setting us all up for a struggle unlike anything we have ever known.

So isn’t that enough reason to understand Who and what we should REALLY be struggling against?

“Vayetze: The ‘Narrow Path’ Is a Struggle”

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

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