“Yom Kippur”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

October 1st, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaches two sessions on the Torah portions associated with Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement.”

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching includes a look at several of the references which have to do directly with this, the most solemn day among the Moedim of YHVH, including Leviticus chapter 16, and chapter 23:25-32, as well as some related discussion of the specifics of what we can — and SHOULD — still do, and some of the important elements from that which we can NOT, but will still find understanding from study.

SSM Yom Kippur 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching continues the theme of the ‘chuk’ associated with the “two goats” and the fact that, often, we are commanded about such a statute without understanding “why?” And perhaps the story of the prophet Jonah’s mission to Ninevah — at least so far as he was concerned — resonates with us similarly today.

Yom Kippur — Lessons from Goats to Ninevah

“Ha’azinu”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

September 24th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa the next-to-last parsha in the annual Torah cycle this week, “Ha’azinu”, from Deuteronomy chapter 32; aka the second and final “Song of Moses”.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching begins by invoking those SAME two witnesses – heaven and earth – that are STILL around, and still witness that His Instruction has NOT changed. And there’s a warning in here, too, that should sound familiar, even repetitive, but perhaps it’s repeated because it’s still all too often ignored.

SSM Ha’azinu 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching is a look at THE ‘question’ some folks have been asking for months – “do you believe the September 23 end-of-the-world ‘sign’??”

And yet here we are in the beginning of the Fall Feasts – the Moedim of YHVH we have been told to remember and do, as best we can, here in exile – forever. Which ‘signs’ are we going to pay attention to? And do we know the times and the seasons anyway?

Ha’azinu — the REAL signs to watch!

“Nitzavim/Vayelekh”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

September 17th, 2017

This week the annual Torah cycle begins to come to a close, with double-parsha “Netzavim/Vayelekh,” from Deuteronomy 29:10 through all of chapter 31.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching reviews what Mark often calls not only one of his very favorite parts of Scripture, but also perhaps the most “compelling” single chapter in the Book.

And the reasons will be made clear!

SSM Netzavim-Vayelekh 2017 – including Deuteronomy chapter 30

The Sabbath Day teaching is a look at what may be one of the most fundamental issues that those who attempt to “come out of” the Whore Church — and, yes, that’s really the bottom line — have to deal with. What really IS different about a “Hebraic mindset”? And why does that same guy (Paul) who warns us about being fooled by “another jesus, whom we have NOT preached,” also say we need to “work out our own salvation with FEAR and TREMBLING?” It is REALLY possible that we have “inherited lies” after all? And that the solution has been right here, and emphasized in THIS Torah portion, all along?

Nitzavim: THE Big Choice, and
Do NOT Keep Silent!

“Ki Tavo”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

September 10th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaches parsha “Ki Tavo” this week, from Deuteronomy 26:1 through all of chapter 29:8.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching is a look at an individual confirmation of what was to be said “when you enter the land” at the time of “first fruits”, or Bikkurim, and then followed by one of the most famous, and perhaps blunt as well, expositions of “blessings and curses” in Scripture.

SSM Ki Tavo 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching touches the heart of how blessings and cursings can be national burdens but individual responsibilities. What does it really mean to say “I profess”…
and what if we just don’t say anything at all?

 

Ki Tavo: Individual vs National
Just who is the Covenant for, anyway?

“Ki Tetzi”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

September 3rd, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaches parsha “Ki Tetzi” this week, from Deuteronomy 21:10 through all of chapter 25.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching is a look at probably THE most “concentrated” group of decidedly NOT ‘politically-correct’ commandments and instructions in the whole Torah. No wonder so many of us have been taught that not only has it been “done away with”, but it didn’t matter anyway.

And the more we hear lies like that, the more important it is to “search out” the Scripture for ourselves, and see what the Truth is.

SSM Ki Tetzi 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week continues that theme, and even includes a bit more “Markology” than usual. (In other words, “your mileage may vary”. When it comes to the question of “WHY?” Scripture often gives us a number of dots…Mark’s understanding is one way to connect them. See for yourself regarding the pattern, and the consistency.)

But the bottom line is undeniable, even if most of This World chooses to deny it:

Ki Tetzi: Father Knows Best!

“Shoftim”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

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!

“Re-eh”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

August 20th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaches parsha “Re-eh” this week, from Deuteronomy 11:26 through 16:17.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching — and just what it is that we are to <em>Behold</em>! is one of the most explicit anti-idoltry sequences in the Scripture (and that’s saying something):

SSM Re-eh 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching is a bit different this week, with more “dot-connection,” extrapolation, and even speculation (what he calls “Markology”) than usual – just because it’s been that kind of week, and we are clearly at a ‘cusp’, where many things seem to be ‘coming to a head’ of Downright Biblical Proportions.

Re-eh: the Coming Ugly – how things might generally play out

“Ekev”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

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!”

 

On a personal note

August 9th, 2017

I tool a major fall about a week ago, on a slippery wet ramp here on the mesa ranch, and fell directly on top of my left ankle, as my right leg shot forward.  The result turned out to be that every ligament on the top of my left knee was torn loose.

On Tuesday, August 8th I had surgery, which thankfully went as planned, but also represented a major unexpected out-of-pocket expense.  For those that are so inclined, prayers are very much requested for a complete and successful recovery.  (Rehab will evidently take a minimum of several months, and in the meanwhile, there are chores here on a working small ranch that are falling behind.)

My younger brother has also thoughtfully set up a ‘Go Fund Me’ site as well, with the hope of defraying some of expenses.   (We definitely needed an LP generator for the winter, among other things, that have suddenly turned into sutures.)

“Go Fund Me” link for Mark Call’s medical expenses

 

 

“Vaetchanan”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

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”