Archive for the ‘torah’ Category

“Ekev”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaches parsha “Ekev” this week, from Deuteronomy 7:12 through 11:25.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching, and the “Because!” part:

SSM Ekev 2017

 

The Sabbath Day teaching is about connecting a lot of consistent Torah concepts with the idea of CONSEQUENCES. And why ‘causality’ is key. It also explains why the destruction of a Biblical worldview is the goal of those who hate YHVH and His Word.

“Ekev:   Causality – Biblical Worldview – and WHY it is SO important to seek HIS kingdom now!”

 

“Vaetchanan”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaches the parsha from the Book of Devarim/Deuteronomy this week — “Vaetchanan” (3:32 thru 7:11) — that begins a series with more “concentrated MEAT” than perhaps any section of Scripture.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching, and the specifics of the ‘statutes, judgments, and commandments’ that we are NOT to “add to” or “subtract from,” but DO:

SSM “Vaetchanan” 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching begins by noting that Deuteronomy is just plain DIFFERENT from all the other Books in the Torah. And so is this teaching. Admittedly, it’s a bit like drinking from a fire hose, but ‘the Words’ that begin here explain why ‘the World’ so hates them!

Warning: As usual, Mark pulls no punches. It’s not just the ‘Whore Church’ we see so clearly in this portion, but the fact that the two kingdoms might also be termed the “Add-to House,” and the “Subtract-from House.”

“Vaetchanan – From Hear and DO to – Two Houses, the Add-To and the Subtract-From”

“Devarim”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaches the first parsha from the Book of Devarim/Deuteronomy this week, parsha “Devarim”.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching starts with why these really are THE WORDS that still so much matter to all of us that want to be part of “kol Israel,” and called by His Name.

SSM Devarim 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching begins by noting that Deuteronomy is just plain DIFFERENT from all the other Books in the Torah. And so is this teaching. Admittedly, it’s a bit like drinking from a fire hose, but ‘the Words’ that begin here explain why ‘the World’ so hates them!

Warning: Again, Mark pulls no punches. If we need to explain WHY it’s so important to “come out of” the Whore Church, we must speak the truth “boldly,” as we ought to!

Devarim – Heaven and Earth – and the Biggest Lie of ALL”

“Matot/Masei”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaches from this week’s “double portion” this week, Matot and Masei (Numbers 30:2 through the end of the Book).

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching begins with what he calls with one of the most important topics in Scripture when it comes to marriage and Covenant — vows, and authority. Suffice it to say, it’s been too often ignored.

SSM Matot/Masei 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching explores the ramifications of that fact in more detail. Mark suggests that language, speech, and the way we use, abuse, or squander the “power of the tongue” is at the root of many, if not almost all, of the problems we see in the world today, not just in marriage, but in the fact that a man’s “word is no longer his bond”. And it shows.

Warning: In this one, Mark pulls no punches.

Matot – vows, and outright lies”

“Pinchas”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes another two-part look at parsha “Pinchas” this week (Numbers 25:10 through 30:1).

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching begins with the end of the story of Pinchas (aka “Phineas” in some English Bibles), the now-legendary zealot who stayed the plague against the children of Israel by running a pair of coupling pagans through with a spear, and continues through the ‘second head count’, as the mixed multitude prepare to enter the land, to a summary of the daily and <em>moedim </em>offerings.

SSM Pinchas 2017

This week the Sabbath Day teaching is about The Zealot, but with the caveat that Pinchas was “in the camp” whereas we today are in exile; arguably, the “opposite part of the cycle.” As Mark also notes, it should perhaps be no surprise that the haftorah portion this week, from the story of Eliyahu (Elijah) the prophet, I Kings 18 into 19, is also a man who self-describes as “zealous for YHVH”. And there’s a whole lot to be learned from that comparison!

Pinchas – and how ‘zealous’ are WE today?”

“Balak”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes another two-part look at parsha “Balak” this week (Numbers 22:2 through 25:9).

Yes, this is the story that includes Balaam’s famous talking ass, and that certainly makes a humorous and enduring point, but it’s only a part of the entire lesson in this one.

During the Erev Shabbat overview teaching, Mark reviews the “whole story,” including elements that simply must be “spiritualized” to be understood.

SSM Balak 2017

 

The Sabbath teaching, however, is perhaps even more poignant and relevant than usual — as well as more “politically incorrect”. And THAT is because it hits directly on the very war that is still being waged on a people who no longer know what is “self-evident”, as opposed to what is really “whoring”.

Balak: Spiritual war, ‘Whoring’ vs prostitution, or dinner and a movie”

“Chukat”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes a two-part look at parsha “Chukat” (Numbers chapters 19 through 21). Among other things, the confusing “chuk” of the Red Heifer.

During the Erev Shabbat overview teaching, Mark reviews the “whole story,” including the dual themes that really DO form the whole backbone: Death, and why “Because I said so!” means exactly that.

SSM “Chukat” 2017

The Sabbath teaching centers on one of the most confusing, perplexing, and thus often just plain ignored, “chukat” or “statues” in the Book. Mark uses the occasion to “wax nerdy,” but perhaps that’s a good reason not to miss this one. And don’t let the title fool you, all the dots will connect!

“Super Symmetry, Convolution Integrals, the Red Heifer, and Other Stuff We Don’t Understand”

“Korach”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes a two-part look at parsha “Korach” (Numbers chapters 16 through 18)…and in particular, the issue of “rebellion”.

During the Erev Shabbat overview teaching, the story describes one of the most famous rebellions in history, that of Korach, and also Dathan and Abiram, and their 250 followers. And their ends, too. But there’s more, albeit still part of the same lesson.

SSM “Korach” 2017

The Sabbath day teaching will no doubt offend some who have what might be called a “subtle contempt for law”. His Instruction, anyway. But if we fail to recognize what happens when “lawlessness abounds” – well, look around…

Do we “tremble at His [s]Word”?

“Shalach Lekha”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes another two-part look at parsha “Shalach Lekha” (Numbers chapters 13 through 15).

During the Erev Shabbat overview teaching, we see the story of the ‘spies’, and their ‘evil report’, but that is only the beginning of the story and the lesson.

The bigger story has to do with obedience to His Instruction.  Will we allow a ‘majority vote’ to over-ride Him?  When it comes to a series of events that truly make the point about His commandments, and how important they REMAIN, this parsha is impossible to deny.

SSM “Shalach Lekha” 2017

The Sabbath day teaching looks at the lesson here that is SO clear if we do as the spies were TOLD to do — have “eyes to see,” and LOOK at the whole picture!

Let’s Crack the Code!

 

“B’ha’alotecha”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes another two-part look at parsha “B’ha’alotecha” (Numbers chapters 8 through 12).  Again, it looks like another “potpourri” of perhaps disparate topics, in spite of the fact that it ALSO clearly contains another major “turning point” in the Story.

During the Erev Shabbat overview teaching, Mark outlines several of the themes, and why they remain “timeless”.

SSM Beha’alotecha 2017

But it’s during the Sabbath Day teaching, where it’s time for some spiritualizin‘ — and even a bit of speculation.”  If we see a ‘turning point’ in this story of Whining in the Desert, isn’t it about time we became “teachable” ourselves?  (Moses certainly was, as we shall see.)


“Food – Control – Trust – and Vulnerability:
…Time for a Turning Point”