Archive for the ‘Idolatry’ Category

“Emor”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes an in-depth look at Torah portion, Emor, Leviticus chapters 21 through 24.

AND yet AGAIN, we find another segment in Scripture that we have probably been TOLD is boring, obsolete, irrelevant, and – especially – “done away with,” this time because the ‘priests’ or cohenim are held to a “higher standard” that doesn’t sound Politically-Correct, and, besides, we don’t have real priests any more anyway.

But we do seem to have plenty who “play one on TV,” and prove that maybe there’s another master being served besides.

SSM Emor 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week continues the theme that these last few portions make so clear. We are to discern the “clean” from the “unclean,” the set-apart (‘qadosh,’or holy) from the profane, and ultimately know that Torah really IS about “Life and Death.”
And that explains a whole HELL of a lot…

“Just Which Priests Are We Talking About Here?”

 

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

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

This week, Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa examines another double Torah portion, Acharei Mot and then Kedoshim, Leviticus chapters 16 through 20.

AND yet AGAIN, we find another segment in Scripture that we have probably been TOLD is boring, obsolete, irrelevant, and – especially – “done away with,” and again is focused explicitly on the difference between life and death.

This week the Erev Shabbat overview start with what happened “after the death” (‘acharie mot’) of the two sons of Aaron, from the story of the two goats of Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement (yes, it still matters!) to a lot of commandments that the modern world certainly ignores, and we can see both why, and what the consequences are:

SSM Acharei Mot / Kedoshim 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week again demonstrates that Torah really IS a matter of “Life and Death.” This time the “view from 10,000 feet” shows us why Mark contends this “double-portion” is literally a look right into why the world is in the shape it is:

 

“The Heart of Darkness”

 

 

“Tazria/Metzora”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

This week, Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa examines this week’s double Torah portion, <em>Tazria</em> and then <em>Metzora</em>, Leviticus chapters 12 through 15.

Have you ever noticed that the more we are told something in Scripture is boring, obsolete, irrelevant, and – especially – “done away with,” the more likely that it has to do with the very difference between life and death?

This week the Erev Shabbat overview concentrates primarily on introduction chapters having to do with an arguably “spiritual affliction” (“tzaraat” in the Hebrew, in spite of what the KJV says, there’s no real English equivalent!) that Mark suggests still has a lot to teach us, ESPECIALLY if we don’t think we see the symptoms any more.

SSM Tazria-Metzora 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week again seems to demonstrates that Torah really IS about Life and Death.   It starts with birth, and another now-politically-incorrect few commandments, followed by a lot of detail about a spiritual ‘plague’ so infectious that it contaminates not only people, but even their clothes and houses.

“Tazria/Metzora – Life and Death, Murder-by-Tongue, and other things we’re told aren’t Important Any More”

“Shmini” – and the Passover week – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for an two-part look at this week’s Torah portion, associated with both “Shmini,” (Lev. 9-11) and the issues surrounding the week of Pesach/Passover.

This time the Erev Shabbat overview includes the story of Aaron’s sons Nadav and Abihu, their offering of “strange fire,” and subsequent deaths, as well as the necessity to discern the difference between the clean and the unclean.

SSM Shmini 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week starts with the importance of that discernment — between the “holy” and downright abominably “profane” — and explores the reason why “Easter” can NOT be pleasing to Him, whether we feel good about pagan traditions or not.  Turns it, it really IS a matter of “life and death.”

“Shmini – the Eighth day and a pagan ‘goddess’ ”

“Mishpatim” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for another two-part look at this week’s Torah portion (parsha “Mishpatim”, Exodus chapters 21 through 24).

The Erev Shabbat overview covers the parsha with more <em>mishpatim </em>than any other in Scripture, and provides some understanding as to why this portion, which follows immediately on the heels of the “Ten Words/Commandments” is so fundamental.

SSM Mishpatim 2017

There’s a reason Mark says again that Mishpatim is his favorite Torah portion to TEACH (OK – actually, several reasons)…and this will make them clear:

The Sabbath Day teaching is entitled,
“Human Nature and the CHOICE of Freedom”

“Vayeira” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a look at one of the most overwhelmingly “packed” of all the paraschot in Scripture:
Vayeira (Genesis chapters 18 through 22).

From the vist of YHVH and His messengers to Abraham in the desert, and the bargaining over 10 “tzadikim” (righteous men) to save Sodom and Gomorrah, to Lot’s rescue, through the story of the Akeida (‘binding’ of Isaac) — this one overflows with important information.

SSM Vayeira 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching asks more questions than it tries to answer, but the lessons are more important now than ever.

LOT:   Is he the ‘Best Man in a really Bad Place,’
— or —
just your Average Christian?

 

 

 

 

 

“Noach” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Noach” (Bereshiet/Genesis 6:8 through 11:32).

  • Note: These are available every Shabbat during the on-line services at 6:30 PM Mountain Time, and the Sabbath Day teaching broadcast live via links in both Paltalk and Shoutcheap.

The Erev Shabbat teaching covers two of the most well-known stories in the Bible, from the Flood of Noah to the tower of Babel. But the Big Question comes from the reference in Matthew 24:36 — just what does He mean by “as it was in the days of Noah” — and, ‘are we there YET?’

SSM “Noach” 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching compares the “days of Noah,” and the promises of Isaiah chapter 54 into 55, and the ‘covenant of peace’. This Torah portion also describes one of the biggest “cycles” in Scripture, too:

“No clearer choice EVER”

 

 

“Ekev” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Ekev” (Deuteronomy 7:12 – 11:25).

  • Note: These are available every Shabbat during the on-line services at 6:30 PM Mountain Time, and the Sabbath Day teaching broadcast live via links in both Paltalk and Shoutcheap.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching this week again emphasizes what He does: Because you are obedient, these things will come to pass! But He again emphasizes that it is vital that we “shemar”, or “hear AND obey” His statutes, judgments, commandments, and instruction.

SSM Ekev 2016

 The Sabbath Day teaching summarizes what sounds like “Torah 101?…why we who are trying to “come out of” a ‘church’ that centuries ago descended into idolatry (and if that is at ALL unclear, THIS parsha will dispel any doubt!) should expect to be “tested”.

Most importantly, when things come increasingly to a head, why we must “be still and KNOW” that He is YHVH:
How to be “without excuse,” and why NOT to

“V’etchanan” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “V’etchanan” (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11).

  • Note: These are available every Shabbat during the on-line services at 6:30 PM Mountain Time, and the Sabbath Day teaching broadcast live via links in both Paltalk and Shoutcheap.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching this week emphasizes what He does: that we are to hear and obey and keep and DO His “statutes, judgments, and commandments”.

SSM V’etchanan 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching begins with the concept that THIS parsha is arguably THE single teaching from the Torah that might be called the “GoTo Parsha” for those who ask key questions as they attempt to “come out of” the world’s Whore Church.
“Keep My commandments – and DO!”

 

“Matot/Masei” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha ‘double-portion,’ “Matot/Masei” (Numbers chapter 30 through the end of the Book).

Note: These are available every Shabbat during the on-line services at 6:30 PM Mountain Time, and the Sabbath Day teaching broadcast live via links in both Paltalk and Shoutcheap. (see links page)

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching this week begins one of most important admonitions in Scripture — especially when, as now, it is so widely violated: DO all that proceeds out of your mouth; keep your vows. Can you IMAGINE what a land like that might look like?

SSM Matot/Masei 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching attempts to connect a WHOLE lot of dots! The foundations ARE being destroyed. Vows no longer mean, well, squat. What are the ‘righteous’ to do?
“Vows, Farce, and the Chosen Delusions”