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:

SSM Shemot 2020

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.

SSM Vayigash 2020

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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Parsha “Vayishlach”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at the parsha “Vayishlach” (Genesis 32:3 rheough chapter 36).

The Erev Shabbat story continues the story of the life of the patriarch Yakov (Jacob) following his instruction from YHVH to “return to the land of your fathers.”

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During the Sabbath Day study, Mark looks into some more of the ambiguity that seems to surround this man who is so identified with “emet” or Truth in Scripture, and yet is still at the center of so much confusion.

Why, for example, does his name get changed, but – not really?

It’s not just Yakov who “wrestled.” ALL of us who don’t understand why he, and his descendants, are STILL so often unable to recognize who we really are, or what the significance of those names are anyway, are still fighting the same battle he did.

There are more questions than answers in this parsha. But they are questions we much answer ourselves, just as he did.

“Vayishlach: “Did Yakov REALLY become ‘Israel’ – and what does that say to US?”

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

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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 the parsha (“Vayetze”, Genesis 28:10 – 32:3) that initiates the “twelve tribes of Israel.”

Warning: Even by the “no-hold-barred” standards when it comes to what is ACTUALLY Written that regular listeners will appreciate, because of the portion this week, Mark is PARTICULARLY “not Politically Correct,” and that means some of what is actually Written, and that we’ve been lied to about for so long, may seem shocking, or even offensive.

But our Messiah warned us about that, too.

The Erev Shabbat survey first continues the story of Yakov’s journey after he leaves home, from his own personal, “Now I know for SURE,” encounter with the Creator of the Universe, to his wives and the birth of his twelve sons and daughter.

SSM Vayetze 2019

It is on the Sabbath Day where Mark again sets out to “connect dots”. Yes, much of this story — for a number of reasons — is again “problematic”. From how Yakov ended up with four wives, to how too much of ‘the church’ has been convinced that ‘the law has been done away with,’ when Scripture says so clearly otherwise, we seem to see an element of human nature that might be called “voluntary blindness”. We much choose instead to have “eyes to see!”

“Vayetze: Yakov the Man of Sometimes Uncomfortable Emet”

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

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Parsha “Toldot”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha ‘Toldot’ (Genesis/Bereshiet 25:19 – 28:10 ) is ostensibly the last part of the story of the second of the patriarchs, Yitzak (Isaac) but also begins the story of Yakov.

In the Erev Shabbat overview, we are told “these are the GENERATIONS (toldot) of Isaac,” and, of course, a whole lot more:

The Sabbath Day teaching begins with a number of questions, because this parsh inspires many. Was Yitzak REALLY that blind when he ended up blessing the ‘wrong’ son? Or was it something else? And how can the life of the man so identified with “emet”, or Truth, begin with such deception. What can we learn from a story that really seems so “problematic?”

” ‘Problematic’ Toldot: Trying TOO Hard to Do the Right Thing”

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

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Parsha “Chayei Sarah”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha, Chayei Sarah (Genesis/Bereshiet 23:1 through 25:18) is about far more than the “Life of Sarah”. And it has a lot more to teach us even than the fact that it is THE first and most fundamental example of many elements of law, from contracts and “power of attorney” to marriage.

In the Erev Shabbat overlook look at the entire section, Mark looks at the Torah portion which is probably the most fundamental in the Bible when it comes to understanding the ‘common law’.

The Sabbath Day follow-up begins with a premise that Mark has explored for years: How do America go from a “nation of Law, not of men,” based on the once “self-evident Truth” that there IS a God, and Creator of the Universe, Who made us in His image, and then Wrote instruction for us, to a place where men’s oaths before Him mean nothing.

And that is related to another major element of this parsha, in that Abraham was blessed “in ALL” — even before Yitzak, the son of promise, had a wife. What does that tell us about how we should deal with yet ANOTHER land and time where “lawlessness abounds”?

The combined two-part teaching is entitled, “Chayei Sarah:  Remedy B’kol!”

and is also available from the Hebrew Nation page.

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