“Behar/Bechukotai”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

May 21st, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes an in-depth look at the double portion Behar/Bechukotai, which rounds out the Book of Leviticus (Vayikra) – chapters 25 through the end.

And yet AGAIN, we find another segment in Scripture that we have probably been told is boring, obsolete, irrelevant, and – especially – “done away with,” and perhaps this time there is a bit of truth in that Big Lie.  We are NOT “in the land” any more (as we were warned, it turns out) and the ‘Jubilee’ doesn’t apply, regardless of what the words on the Liberty Bell once said.

During the Erev Shabbat overview teaching, Mark outline the ‘why’ of all that.

SSM Behar/Bechukotai 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week ties a whole LOT of things that we’re told “no longer matter” together, because evidently they really do after all!  Scripture warns about consequences that get seven times worse, and again seven times more, and continue, until, well, they look a look like what we see developing now.  But there’s “good news,” too.  We don’t have to go all the way there before turning around!

“We DON’T have to wait for the Reset!”

“Emor”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

May 14th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes an in-depth look at Torah portion, Emor, Leviticus chapters 21 through 24.

AND yet AGAIN, we find another segment in Scripture that we have probably been TOLD is boring, obsolete, irrelevant, and – especially – “done away with,” this time because the ‘priests’ or cohenim are held to a “higher standard” that doesn’t sound Politically-Correct, and, besides, we don’t have real priests any more anyway.

But we do seem to have plenty who “play one on TV,” and prove that maybe there’s another master being served besides.

SSM Emor 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week continues the theme that these last few portions make so clear. We are to discern the “clean” from the “unclean,” the set-apart (‘qadosh,’or holy) from the profane, and ultimately know that Torah really IS about “Life and Death.”
And that explains a whole HELL of a lot…

“Just Which Priests Are We Talking About Here?”

 

“Acharei Mot / Kedoshim”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

May 7th, 2017

This week, Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa examines another double Torah portion, Acharei Mot and then Kedoshim, Leviticus chapters 16 through 20.

AND yet AGAIN, we find another segment in Scripture that we have probably been TOLD is boring, obsolete, irrelevant, and – especially – “done away with,” and again is focused explicitly on the difference between life and death.

This week the Erev Shabbat overview start with what happened “after the death” (‘acharie mot’) of the two sons of Aaron, from the story of the two goats of Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement (yes, it still matters!) to a lot of commandments that the modern world certainly ignores, and we can see both why, and what the consequences are:

SSM Acharei Mot / Kedoshim 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week again demonstrates that Torah really IS a matter of “Life and Death.” This time the “view from 10,000 feet” shows us why Mark contends this “double-portion” is literally a look right into why the world is in the shape it is:

 

“The Heart of Darkness”

 

 

“Tazria/Metzora”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

April 30th, 2017

This week, Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa examines this week’s double Torah portion, <em>Tazria</em> and then <em>Metzora</em>, Leviticus chapters 12 through 15.

Have you ever noticed that the more we are told something in Scripture is boring, obsolete, irrelevant, and – especially – “done away with,” the more likely that it has to do with the very difference between life and death?

This week the Erev Shabbat overview concentrates primarily on introduction chapters having to do with an arguably “spiritual affliction” (“tzaraat” in the Hebrew, in spite of what the KJV says, there’s no real English equivalent!) that Mark suggests still has a lot to teach us, ESPECIALLY if we don’t think we see the symptoms any more.

SSM Tazria-Metzora 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week again seems to demonstrates that Torah really IS about Life and Death.   It starts with birth, and another now-politically-incorrect few commandments, followed by a lot of detail about a spiritual ‘plague’ so infectious that it contaminates not only people, but even their clothes and houses.

“Tazria/Metzora – Life and Death, Murder-by-Tongue, and other things we’re told aren’t Important Any More”

“Time for Some MEAT!”– Special Sabbath Teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

April 23rd, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for an two-part look at this week’s ‘special’ Torah portion, in-between “Shmini,” (Lev. 9-11) and the regular sequence for next week, but associated with what Mark calls the “third rail” of the ‘whore church’ — issues that simply CANNOT be discussed, especially since they are from Scripture, but not the “traditions of men” that turn it upside-down.

Part one from Erev Shabbat is the overview, and why this is so vital NOW, especially in light of world events that are literally of “Biblical proportions”.

Part 1:  “The THREE ‘Third-Rails’ of Pagan Doctrine that CANNOT be Touched”

The Sabbath Day teaching this week continues with the importance of discernment — between the “holy” and downright abominably “profane” — and in particular a question that much of that whore church asks – but has no real interest in hearing an answer to:

“Why is ‘the church’ not OPERATING in the power of Jesus Christ?!”

Part 2:  “Time for Some MEAT!”

“Shmini” – and the Passover week – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

April 16th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for an two-part look at this week’s Torah portion, associated with both “Shmini,” (Lev. 9-11) and the issues surrounding the week of Pesach/Passover.

This time the Erev Shabbat overview includes the story of Aaron’s sons Nadav and Abihu, their offering of “strange fire,” and subsequent deaths, as well as the necessity to discern the difference between the clean and the unclean.

SSM Shmini 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week starts with the importance of that discernment — between the “holy” and downright abominably “profane” — and explores the reason why “Easter” can NOT be pleasing to Him, whether we feel good about pagan traditions or not.  Turns it, it really IS a matter of “life and death.”

“Shmini – the Eighth day and a pagan ‘goddess’ ”

“Tzav”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

April 9th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for an two-part look at this week’s Torah portion, “Tzav,” from Leviticus chapters 6 through 8.

This time the Erev Shabbat overview continues the instruction about “korbon,” or offerings of various types, and deals most specifically with the priests (cohenim, including Aaron and his sons) and their responsibilities.  The perhaps more salient question today is, “what do we learn from all of that NOW?”

SSM “Tzav” 7 April, 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week “waxes a bit more philosophical” than some others, because both the concept of “sacrifice” and things that apply to both priests (cohenim) and the mishkan or temple, all no longer exist.  But the lessons, and the lies we’ve inherited, absolutely do — and the lessons are arguably more important than ever!

“Tzav – Mercy and NOT ‘zebach’ ”

“From Shemot into Vayikra”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

April 2nd, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for an two-part look at this week’s Torah portion, which completes the Book of Exodus, and continues into the first of Vayikra, aka Leviticus, through chapter 5.

This time the Erev Shabbat overview finishes the story of the Mishkan at the end of Exodus, and continues – as does the story – right into the next Book.

SSM Pekudei into Vayikra – 2017

 

The Sabbath Day teaching this week addresses one of THE central conflicts between both of the ‘idolatrous houses’ exiled for rebellion to YHVH, and the idea of ‘sacrifice’ that so often separates them. Both can be wrong, for different reasons. And if we do not understand why Scripture is SO specific about ‘korbon’, and the distinctions, we can – and have – “inherited lies from our fathers.”

“Vayikra, UNintentional Sin, Rebellion, and the Big Lie”

 

“Vayakhel”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

March 26th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for an two-part look at this week’s Torah portion (parsha “Vayakhel”, Exodus chapters 35 through 40) which FOLLOWS the rebellion of the ‘golden calf’ with ANOTHER repetition of the details of building the ‘mishkan’, or tabernacle. What’s THAT about?

As usual, the Erev Shabbat summary tells the story in detail, along with some key points, like the fact that these repeated descriptions literally BRACKET the golden calf story.

SSM Vayakhel 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week again “pulls no punches” — again with reference to the Big Lies today, including much of churchianity. But even though the details of building the tabernacle in the wilderness might not SEEM to have much to teach us today, the opposite is – as so often turns out to be – TRUE.

“Whoever has a willing heart, let him ASK for…
…wisdom, discernment, Truth, and more…”

Mark Call – “Ki Tasa”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

March 19th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for an two-part look at this week’s Torah portion (parsha “Ki Taso”, Exodus 30:11-34:35) which includes one of the most important “turning points” in all of Scripture – the ‘golden calf’.

As usual, the Erev Shabbat summary tells the story in detail, along with some of the key connections to the ‘rest of the Book’.

SSM Ki Tasa 2017

 The Sabbath Day teaching this week perhaps even “pulls fewer punches” than usual, because the idolatry of the golden calf arguably pales in comparison to much of churchianity today. But it’s the other ‘parallels’ that REALLY should serve as a “sign of the times.”

“Golden calves, many gods, and other Really Big Lies”