Archive for the ‘Idolatry’ Category

Parsha “Lech Lecha”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

Join Mark Call for the first parsha in the lives of the patriarchs, “Lech Lecha,” (Genesis chapters 12 through 17) in which Abram is told to “go forth” out of his home, away from all that he has known, “by faith”…only later to be worthy of being renamed “Abraham”.

The Erev Shabbat teaching “SSM Lech Lecha for 2018”.

 

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During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark takes a deeper look at why “go forth,” (or “come out!”) should still resonate so profoundly with each of us today, still faced with remarkably similar challenges:

“Lech Lecha – Deja Vu’ (yeah, all over again, only more)”

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The combined part 1 and 2 files for both sections are up here on the HNR permalink.

Parsha “Vayelek”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

The message in the Torah portion for this week (Vayelek, Deuteronomy chapter 31) is an elegant, and concise, summary of what Moshe told those who were about to enter the Promised Land. It’s also an elegant, concise warning that is every bit as vital to understand today, in such as time as this, as it was thousands of years ago.

Join Mark Call for, first, the Erev Shabbat overview teaching of the entire parsha,

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and then the Sabbath Day look at how certain aspects of that ancient warning are not only important, but now closer than ever.

“Vayelek: Deception, Evil, and the Work of Your Hands”

 

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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.

Parsha “Shoftim”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for this week’s teaching of “Shoftim,” (Deuteronomy 16:18 through 21:9), which seems to literally encapsulate most of what is ABSOLUTELY WRONG with the western world today!

The Erev Shabbat overview of course begins with the commandment to select righteous (in other words, Torah-obedient) judges, or ‘shoftim’, to the end that “justice, JUSTICE!” you shall pursue.

Those who have been following what passes for “just-us” nowadays will recognize just how far we have fallen. And the rest of the parsha truly brings that home.

SSM “Shoftim” 2018

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The Sabbath Day teaching is perhaps even more NOT ‘politically-correct’ than last week, to the extent that Mark demonstrates how the command in the last verse in the parsha, literally the one-line summary, is to “<em>do what is RIGHT in the eyes of YHVH</em>.”

Not only has ‘the world’ now gone beyond merely what the Book of Shoftim (Joshua) suggests is a Big Problem, “every man did that which was right in HIS OWN EYES,” but the opposite extreme now has become an overt attempt to “do that which is downright EVIL in the eyes of Him they so clearly hate!”

The title again lays out the premise:

“Shoftim: The Definition of PC is ‘do that which is <em>Evil</em> in His eyes!”

HNR link to “Shoftim: NOT what is Evil in eyes of YHVH”

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 is here:

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

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaches the double-parsha “Acharei Mot / Kedoshim” (Leviticus/Vayikra chapters 16 through 20) — a portion that literally goes to the very heart of the ‘wicked fruit’ that describes why AmeriKa (in particular, but arguably the whole ‘WORLD’) may be in the process (birth pangs, if you will) of being “vomited out”.

The Erev Shabbat overview is again a look at the parsha “in order,” from what happens “after the death” (acharei mot) of Aaron’s two sons, to what might seem to be a disjointed set of miscellaneous statues and commandments that might SEEM like a “shotgun blast”, but do share a common thread. And, again, there’s not only a lot of the NOT ‘politically correct’ in there, but perhaps one of the Most Verbotten passages in the Bible. (It’s probably called a ‘hate crime’ on Kalifornia campuses of Higher Indoctrination if you even quote it!)

SSM Acharei Mot / Kedoshim 2018

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The Sabbath Day teaching continues with the major theme of why “boundaries” not only matter, but are being destroyed NOW, for obvious reasons.

Follow along as Mark again “pulls no punches,” and points out why Scripture “love” is properly seen as a verb (known by fruits) as opposed to a ‘feeling’, and twisting the meaning of that word, and the two most important commandments in Scripture as a consequence, are at the root of how evil is being called good.

 

<strong><em>Note: As you might suspect, there is Adult Content in this series.</em>

“Acharei Mot/Kedoshim: Boundaries Broken and Twisted ‘Love'”

 

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Parsha “Tazria-Metzorah”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaches the double-parsha “Tazria-Metzorah” (Leviticus/Vayikra chapters 12 through 15) and several very much related (but perhaps surprising!) Scriptures associated with a portion that has been described as everything from “BOOOORING!” to absolutely fascinating. Perhaps because it is SO ‘foreign’, in so many ways, to our experience. And that is part of the problem, and the fascination.

The Erev Shabbat overview begins with something that most of us have at least SOME understanding, or experience with, the ‘circumcision’. And — like so many of these Scriptures that we have “inherited lies” about — there’s a lot of the NOT ‘politically correct’ in there, too.

Note: As you might suspect, there is Adult Content in this series.

SSM Tazria/Metzorah 2018

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The Sabbath Day teaching continues with the major themes of ‘tzaraat’ (whatEVER that is!) and what connections, if any, there might be with “the tongue”, or the things which “come OUT of a man,” and “defile him”.

Follow along as Mark again “pulls no punches,” and points out why Scripture refers to TWO ‘whoring houses’ (northern and southern kingdoms, Samaria and Jerusalem, Oholah and Ohilibah, Israel and Judah, and, yes, he suggests, modern rabbinic ‘Pharasaic’ Judaism, and pagan Romanized churchianity) and BOTH of them were exiled ‘for CAUSE’ (idolatry/adultery)

“Tazria/Metzorah: TWO Whoring Houses, and Evil Tongues, and the Reeses’ Peanut Butter Cup Dilemma”

 

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