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“Vayechi”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for the parsha in the Book of Bereshiet/Genesis – “Vayechi”. (Parsha “Vayechi,” Genesis 47:28 through the end).

The Erev Shabbat overview concludes with first the end of the life of Yakov, and his blessings to both Ephraim and Manasseh, and then the other sons forming the “twelve tribes,” followed by the end of Yosef as well:

SSM Vayechi 2017

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The Sabbath Day teaching this week looks at the end of the Book of Genesis, the prophetic blessings of the sons of Yakov, and what might even be called “post-Genesis GAP theory” —
just how did they end up in that kind of bondage anyway?

And can we see how elements that resulted in the northern kingdom (divided Israel) both splitting from Judah, and then ending in bondage and exile, ought to look so incredibly familiar.

“Vayechi: Sons, substitution, and ‘Who’s are WE?”

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“Vayigash”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for the thrilling climax of at least MOST of the story of the “Suffering Servant,” Yosef/Joseph, and how THE Plan of YHVH continues to play out, with Judah demonstrating what it means to “MAN UP!” — resulting in restoration of the brothers and their houses, lives saved, and — ultimately — a descent into bondage. (Parsha “Vayigash,” Genesis 44:18 – 47:27. And a look at the haftorah in Ezekiel 37, and a bit of Ephesians 5, too.)

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching is about the final installment of the journey to Mitzraim (Egypt) and the restoration saga, but with a perhaps disturbing implication:

SSM Vayigash 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week is focused on a specific aspect of the story of the man who represents a picture or aspect of the Meshiach to come. How is it that the very same man who literally saves the entire house of Israel, and was sent to “preserve life” at the same time looks to his brothers like a pagan, and ultimately initiates a process that leads to bondage?

The answer seems to relate to cycles that repeat, whether we like it or not, and what might seem like a contradiction (Ephesians chapter 5, or Ezekiel 37?) if we don’t look at the ‘bigger picture’ – in context. Especially in a ‘season’ like today.

Vayigash: From Brothers RE-united to Two Sticks

“Mikketz”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for the continuing saga of the “Suffering Servant,” Yosef/Joseph, and how THE Plan of YHVH continues to play out, in the second part of a series of parsha “cliff-hangers”. (Parsha “Mikketz,” Genesis 41:1 – 44:17. And a look at I Maccabees, and Zechariah 2-4, too.)

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching again covers the story itself, from Pharoah’s TWO dreams to the ‘cliff-hanger,’ as at least PART of Yosef’s plan — but not evidently YHVH’s —
comes to a conclusion.

SSM Miketz 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week again really covers a LOT of ground. How interesting is it that this parsha usually coincides with the time of Chanukah? (And, yes, there’s a LOT of ‘tradition’ around this one, but that’s only PART of the story!)

Yosef’s story is that of a man who looks a look like a “harbinger”, or “type/shadow”, if you prefer, of at least one potential picture of the Meshiach then still yet-to-come. And while he literally brings ‘salvation’, to “preserve life” — what happens thereafter is a people who descend into slavery.

Why were there (so far as we know) not any “Egyptian Preppers?”

The answer to THAT question seems to tie, Mark suggests, closely to the OTHER story that fits in so many ways for this “time and season” — the tyranny and Evil of yet another time in history where the parallels, and the lessons, are too important, even if unsavory, to be ignored.

“Mikketz: I Love it when a PLAN comes together…
Messiah, and NOT…and what does <em>that </em>have to do wih Channukah? “

 

“Vayashev”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a shift to a ‘new’ character, Yosef (Joseph) and his dreams, his enslavement, and his imprisonment. (Parsha “Vayashev,” (Genesis 37 through 40:23)

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching again covers the story itself, and how almost everything about this character signals that there is far more going on here than meets the eye.

SSM Vayashev 2017

 

That concept is expanded during the following Sabbath Day teaching.  In particular, there are not only so many elements of this parsha that are “politically-incorrect”, the lesson is a virtual tour of why just about everything this world values is either on fire, being revealed as a Big Lie, or literally headed to a Hell-on-Earth.

There is certainly a choice to be made.

“Vayashev:
Discern — Righteous Tamar or Potiphar’s adulterous wife; time to ‘Man UP!’ “

“Vayetzei”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for the first installment of the story of Yakov/Jacob’s journey, from his first direct encounter with Yahuah to the place where he later spends 20 years and acquires the family from which come the twelve tribes of Israel. (Parsha “Vayetzei,” Genesis 25:19 – 32:3)

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching is covers the story itself, how his encounter with YHVH might seem to be during one of the most difficult and fearful times of his life, so far, and then how he comes to have wives, children and flocks, and a legacy which spans millenia.

SSM Vayetzei 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week really covers a lot of ground. Yes, this is a “politically incorrect” parsha, which again makes clear that what Yahuah Wrote for us is often very divergent from men have subsequently decided to REwrite for Him. But this is a particularly important Torah lesson for us today, because it can teach us how to deal with fear and massive change in our own lives.

Mark looks at many of the things happening in our world today that demonstrate the “scale of Evil” we face, and the choices that result. Will we trust in Him, as Yakov did, or “<em>return to our place</em>” in failure, as Laban demonstrated?

“Vayetzei – Fear NOT in a world full of fear:
from food and marriage to ‘rapture,’ ‘flat earth,’ and silver “

“Toldot”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a two-part examination into parsha “Toldot,” Genesis 25:19 to 28:9.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching of the whole portion:

SSM Toldot 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching begins by asking the question that almost always comes up first: Is Scripture REALLY saying that the “ends justify the means?” Perhaps there’s a good reason Genesis 27 is called one of the most “difficult” in the Torah.

But the real message here is one that is very consistent with the totality of His Word. It’s about discernment, and how sometimes even those walking out his promises can be blinded, even while the promise is right in front of them.

“Toldot: Yakov vs Esau – or Discernment vs Blindness “

 

“Chayei Sarah”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a final look at the story of Abraham, and his wife Sarah, but perhaps more importantly at perhaps THE pre-eminient parsha when it comes to ‘Legal Precedent’.    (Parsha “Chayei Sarah,”  Genesis 23:1 – 25:18)

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching is an examination of what it literally THE primary story that underlies major concepts of what was once understood to be the Common Law:
Contract, Agency – or ‘power of attorney,’ and Marriage.

SSM Chayei Sarah 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching connects all of that to the lessons of the “Torah Made Flesh,” Who came in His Father’s Name, to DO His Father’s will. How can we possibly know what it means for US each to seek to be a “good and faithful servant,” if we don’t understand the precedents He shows us?

“ChayeiSarah — Legal Precedent, and why it’s ALL about someday hearing,
‘Well done, good and faithful servant’ “

“Vayeira ”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a two-part look at parsha “Vayeira,” Genesis chapters 18 through 22.

The Erev Shabbat overview stretches from the story of the birth of Isaac and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, through the Akeida, or binding of Isaac.

SSM “Vayeira” 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching continues the examination of Abraham’s demonstation of FAITH, from the perspective of what it really means for us to believe Yahuah as he did.

“Vayeira – ‘by faith Abraham‘ and how do we WALK in that during troubling times?”

“Lech Lecha ”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a two-part look at one of the rightfully most famous figures in Scripture, and the first of the Patriarchs — Abram, later Abraham.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching is a look how he is first called (to “come out of” the pagan land where he, and his family, were) and begins to walk the path that leads directly to THE primary Covenant upon which all that follows is based, and leads to his being given a new name, and reputation as the father of nations, and of faith.

SSM Lech Lecha 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching is all about Abraham’s legendary FAITH, but perhaps in a bit different way than we’ve usually heard it taught. Why is LAUGHTER such a big part of the story? And what does that teach us?

“Lech Lecha – Abraham: Faith and Laughter!”

“Bereshiet ”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa looks at the Scriptures associated with the end of the regular annual Torah cycle, and The Beginning of the next. From “V’zot Ha Bracha,” at the end of Deuteronomy, the time of “Simcha Torah,” is about the joy of this season, and the new beginning as we start — well, CONTINUE, our study into Genesis.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching is a look first at Deuteronomy chapters 33 and 34, which includes both the end of the life of Moses, and the five Books of the Torah as well, and then continues into The Beginning again, into Bereshiet (chapters 1 through part of 6, even).

SSM Vzot HaBracha – Simcha Torah – Bereshiet – 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching is an acknowledgement that there is FAR too much just in the first few characters of Bereshiet/Genesis for a single study, and that’s just the beginning. So Mark focuses on the “WHY?”

Why is THIS portion so FUNDAMENTAL, so vital to us NOW, and, therefore, so reviled by ‘the world’ in general.

We see IN-credible Big Whoppin’ Lies being foisted – from the Very First Two Lies in Scripture, to the rebellion and failure of “covering” and responsibility that accompanied them, to the consequences – which STILL form the basis — the Rock — for all that follows.

“Bereshiet – Why? How else can we build, line-by-line, precept by precept, upon the Rock?”