Archive for the ‘Sabbath’ Category

“Shoftim”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaches parsha “Shoftim” this week, from Deuteronomy 16:18 through 21:9.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching is about as FAR from AmeriKa-with-a-K in 2017 as is possible to get: <em>”Justice, JUSTICE you shall pursue!”</em> Evidently, because you won’t find it HERE:

SSM Shoftim 2017

 

The Sabbath Day teaching this week continues a theme from the last one, where we are clearly at a ‘cusp’, where many things seem to be ‘coming to a head’ of Downright Biblical Proportions. And when we compare how the Bible says we SHOULD seek “justice, JUSTICE!” with what has been happening in a nation that seems to hate YHVH even more than it has tried to forget Him — perhaps things become more clear.

In any event, Mark doesn’t blame those who are angry!

Shoftim: What if they gave a Race War and Nobody Came? Or – why you SHOULD be “mad as hell” – but it’s not enough!

“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!”

 

“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”

“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!

 

Special Shavuot teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Monday, June 5th, 2017

This is the special Shavuot (aka ‘pentecost’) teaching from Mark Call and Shabbat Shalom Mesa.
“Pentecost and Shavuot:
Two Houses, Two Stories, Two Blind Spots,
One Remedy, and One Truth”

“Bemidbar”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes a two-part look at the first parsha in a new Book – Number, or “Bemidbar” in Hebrew.  (Num. 1:1 – 4:21)

Yes, there are a lot of ‘numbers’ (starting with a head count) but perhaps what happens “in the wilderness” really IS more important, in a number of ways.

During the Erev Shabbat overview teaching, Mark outlines the ‘why’ of all that.

SSM Bemidbar 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week is ultimately about the fact that it is impossible NOT to recognize the spiritual significance of being “in the wilderness”.  In the process, Mark examines a number of themes, from the lessons of the ‘head count’ and the order of encampment to what any of that has to do with the haftorah selection, in Hosea chapter 2.  If we can understand how a prophet, and then even his Creator, can love an unfaithful whore, maybe we can see how He can still love us, and plan for our return to Him.

“Bemidbar – Sound of Silence:  The Still Small Voice In the Wilderness”

“Behar/Bechukotai”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes an in-depth look at the double portion Behar/Bechukotai, which rounds out the Book of Leviticus (Vayikra) – chapters 25 through the end.

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 perhaps this time there is a bit of truth in that Big Lie.  We are NOT “in the land” any more (as we were warned, it turns out) and the ‘Jubilee’ doesn’t apply, regardless of what the words on the Liberty Bell once said.

During the Erev Shabbat overview teaching, Mark outline the ‘why’ of all that.

SSM Behar/Bechukotai 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week ties a whole LOT of things that we’re told “no longer matter” together, because evidently they really do after all!  Scripture warns about consequences that get seven times worse, and again seven times more, and continue, until, well, they look a look like what we see developing now.  But there’s “good news,” too.  We don’t have to go all the way there before turning around!

“We DON’T have to wait for the Reset!”

“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”