Archive for the ‘torah’ Category

Parsha “Ekev”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for this week’s teaching of “Ekev,” (Deuteronomy 7:12 through 11:25), where ‘because’ (the way the portion begins) really IS only the beginning of the story.

And the Erev Shabbat overview of course begins there, and follows the text, including still more insight into Moses’ continuing theme, “hear,” obey,” do, and LIVE:

SSM Ekev 2018

The Sabbath Day teaching starts with some understanding that the Hebrew words don’t necessarily mean exactly how they’re [mis]translated into English. A word like “shema/shemar”, for example, is actually even more than “hear and OBEY”, because that obedience is an INFORMED choice, if we ‘love Him’.

And how can we “love” Him, trust Him, even “obey Him” if we have not only ‘forgotten Him,’ but can’t even “hear” Him?

And on such “trivial” distinctions, civilizations fall.

“Ekev: ‘Because’ – and It’s Simple, Repetitive, Crucial – and IGNORED”

The permalink for the Hebrew Nation Radio link is up here, and combined part 1 and 2 files for both sections are here.

Parsha “Vaetchanon”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for this week’s teaching of “Vaetchanon,” (Deuteronomy 3:23 through 7:11), arguably one of THE most “central” and fundamental teachings in the entire Torah.

The Erev Shabbat overview begins at “and I besought”, the opening words, “V’etchanan” through the warnings about idolatry, and not “adding to,” or “subtracting from” (still VERY popular with both exiled houses!) to the Ten Debarim (commandments, or sayings) and what is described by the Torah Made Flesh as THE most important commandment in Scripture. The main theme, however, is not just “hear,” but “obey,” and “DO!”:

SSM Vaetchanon 2018

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The Sabbath Day teaching is all about the heart of the most important singular commandment in Scripture.

Warning: Adult Content, and again of course, NOT “Politically-Correct,”

“Vaetchanon: and RETURN to Me, O Backsliding Israel!”

 

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The combined part 1 and 2 files for both sections are up here, and available for download and off-line listening via the Hebrew Nation Radio podcast link

Parsha “Debarim”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

The historic day of Tisha B’Av on the Hebrew Calendar is this week, so the Torah parsha should ‘traditionally’ be Debarim, the first in the Book by that same name, aka, Deuteronomy.

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for this week’s teaching of that parsha, “Devarim,” (Deuteronomy chapters 1 through chapter 3), where the narrative shifts from “<em>and YHVH said to Moses</em>,” to what Moses himself spoke in the last month of his life.

The Erev Shabbat overview begins with a recap of the journey of the B’nai Israel since their deliverance from Egypt, but largely takes the form of a ‘gentle rebuke.’

SSM “Debarim” 2018

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There is, of course, a lot more to the story. And in the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark takes a very different approach to that lecture than you may have heard before.

Perhaps even the title sounds a bit “nerdy” — but in this case, listeners will hopefully find the payoff sufficient to bear with Mark through a bit of setup…

“Devarim: the Words – Information Theory – and WHY ‘Coded Messages Need Intelligent Receivers”

 

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The combined part 1 and 2 files for both sections are up here, and available for download and off-line listening, via Hebrew Nation Radio

Parsha “Matot”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for this week’s teaching of “Matot,” (Numbers 30:2 through chapter 32), including what turns out to be one of THE most relevant and important — and openly violated — commandments in the whole Book!

The Erev Shabbat overview, from the statute (or “chuk”) about VOWs, and what Mark describes as “covering” in marriage – to the story of the destruction of the Midianites and why all that first part really matters:

SSM “Matot” 2018

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Warning: Adult Content, and NOT only NOT “Politically-Correct,” but downright offensive to those who love Lies More than Truth. The title speaks volumes…

The Sabbath Day teaching picks up the theme of Broken Vows, Lies, and False Witness…because it is hard to imagine a more timely parsha than one which warns against what AmeriKa-with-a-K now rubs in our faces. Picture a Swamp Crocodile smirking while lying through big, vicious teeth, and you have a good clue where Mark is heading.

“Matot: Vows, Oaths, and WHY AmeriKa Is Being Destroyed, or maybe, Is Self-Destructing”

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The combined part 1 and 2 files for both sections are up here, and available for download and off-line listening, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

 

 

Parsha “Pinchas”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for this week’s teaching of “Pinchas,” (Numbers 25:10 through 30:1), which includes one of the most “problematic” examples and rewards in the Torah. How can what might be described as murder be rewarded by Yahuah with a perpetual Covenant of Peace?

The Erev Shabbat overview describes the “rest of the story,” since the major action actually took place at the end of last week’s parsh, and then what might seem to be a variety of disjointed other bits and pieces, from a second ‘head count’ to a recap of His ‘moedim’ (appointed times and feasts).

SSM Pinchas 2018

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The Sabbath Day teaching explores what it means to be “zealous” for YHVH not only in a bit more depth, but in ‘context’ as well. Pinchas (Phineas) acted to save lives by making a public demonstration against those who — by their actions — acted in open defiance of Yahuah. But he was also “in the camp”, taking action to keep it clean.

If nothing else, Mark proves, while we are still in exile, the world we live in could hardly pass for a clean camp.

And it certainly shouldn’t surprise us that the portion is again SO relevant to the “times and seasons” today. It even has more to say about what constitutes “blasphemy” against His Ruach.

“Pinchas: Zealotry or Discernment — a Matter of When, Where, and HOW”

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The combined part 1 and 2 files for both sections are up here, also via Hebrew Nation Radio link

Parsha “Balak”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for this week’s teaching of “Balak,” (Numbers 22:2 through 25:11), where the undeniably apropos metaphor of “Balaam’s Ass” is only one memorable part of the Real Story.

The Erev Shabbat overview describes a Torah portion that is a significant departure from the “journey to the land narrative,” because it not only DOESN’T include the usual cast of characters, but is filled with ‘colorful metaphors’ that have SO much resonance that they have literally “molded” our language! (Even if we now seem to see some of the terminology as “tacky”. But the reason – even the pun – is right here!)

SSM “Balak” 2018

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The Sabbath Day teaching this week comes with another warning up front, this time because Mark is arguably even harder than usual – because the lesson of this parsha is! – on the ‘whore church’, and the paganism that now literally IS pervasive. When prominent politicians, pundits, and priests openly break oaths before a ‘god’ they either “know not,” or just plain lie about, and demonstrate “by their fruits” their utter contempt for His Word, we need to see the “coming battle” for what it is. And, yes, Mark uses some VERY strong language, because sometimes, blasphemy against His Ruach merits nothing less.

“Balak: Balam the Televangelist – and a Metaphor for Our Times”

 

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Parsha “Chukat”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

This week, Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship  teaches parsha “Chukat,” (Numbers chapters 19 through 21) and THE element described as the very essence of what a “chuk” is — aka “statute”, but really, ‘just DO IT because your Creator said to.’ This one is particularly poignant, because not only are the lessons NOT “done away with”, or obsolete, but some understanding of death is central to loving life, and living it in spite of challenges and worse.

The Erev Shabbat overview begins with that most famous, and perplexing ‘chuk’ of the Red Heifer. But it turns out that the story is far more intricate, and interconnected, than we may have thought.

SSM Chukat 2018

 

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The Sabbath Day teaching this week comes with a warning up front, because not only is the primary subject of this parsha DEATH, but Mark more than suggests that “death” has become so ingrained in this culture and ‘the church’ that the warnings, the metaphor, the ‘picture’ that YHVH is painting here has not only been lost in twisting and idolatry, but turned on its head.

“Chukat: Death Forces – and cycles of cleansing by Blood – Water – Word “

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Parsha “Korach”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for this week’s teaching of “Korah,” (Numbers chapters 16 through 18) primarily about the most famous “rebellion” in Scripture (with the possible exception of Genesis chapter 3… 😉 )

The Erev Shabbat overview lays out the story, the effects, and some of the key ‘characteristics’ of rebellion to the authority of YHVH, His anointed, and His Word – once expressed ‘in person,’ now largely Written.

SSM “Korach” for 2018 Torah cycle

The Sabbath Day teaching this week takes a deeper look at the whole subject of “rebellion” – and the important related questions that help us understand “against WHO?”

And in this context Mark also takes a look at what may be one of THE most-twisted sets of verses in all of Scripture:

Romans 13, especially from the GIV Bible (Government Inspired Version)

“Korach: Don’t confuse him with Moses”

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The combined part 1 and 2 files for both sections are available here

 

Parsha “Shelach Lekha”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for this week’s teaching of “Shelach Lekha,” (Numbers chapters 13 through 15) and the stories of the ‘spies,’ their ‘evil report’, and the subsequent whining (and First Recorded Vote in human history, to boot) that ultimately cost every adult who participated in the spectacle their life.

The Erev Shabbat overview lays out some of the reasons why that is, as Mark again looks at the entire parsha in order, and supports from Scripture why those assertions were made.

SSM “Shelach Lekha” 2018 Overview teaching

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The Sabbath Day teaching this week again examines in more detail the primary themes in this parsha — particularly the Big Question, “Who do WE trust?” — and the related lessons that are SO relevant to the very same issues, but perhaps with different giants, that we face today.

“Shelach Lekha: What – if anything – COULD the Mixed Multitude Have Done to Avoid Becoming Dead Carcasses in the Wilderness?”

 

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Parsha “Beha’alotcha”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for this week’s teaching of “Beha’alotcha,” (Numbers chapters 8 through 12) — another one of those portions that seems to have a lot of disparate, maybe even only loosely-related, elements, from commandments about things that SOUND a bit repetitive, to history that ranges from obscure to fundamental.

The Erev Shabbat overview again looks at the entire parsha in order, and attempts to connect what might seem a bit disparate. And, as is mostly the case, there are some poignant lessons, and no shortage of controversy over what some of them might be.

SSM Beha’alotcha 2018

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The Sabbath Day teaching this week may involve even more ‘themes’ than usual. There’s the menorah, the silver trumpets, the substitution of the Levites for the first-born, and more than a little whining.

This time, though, Mark suggests there’s a connection in all of these elements, as well as not only the haftorah reading (from Zecharia chapters 3 and 4) and more than a bit of Revelation, that all connects, and ultimately speaks to us today more than perhaps any generation in a millenium. And it has to do with the central choice in all of Scripture — life or death, blessing or cursing.

“Beha’alotcha: Two Witnesses and the Zero Sum Game”

 

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