“Bechukotai” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

June 5th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a look at this week’s Torah portion, “Bechukotai,” (Leviticus 26:2 through the end of the Book).

This week the instruction from YHVH begins, with a single key word:
“IF…”

Which is where Erev Shabbat teaching picks up.

Bechukotai 2016

During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark delves even more deeply than usual into the question of what possible relevance does THIS instruction – which seems to apply specifically to “the Land” – have to do with us?

“7 times 7 times 7 times 7 reasons to ‘Come out of her’ – NOW!”

 

“B’har” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

June 5th, 2016

This week’s Torah portion, “B’har,” is from Leviticus 25:1 to 26:2 and begins with the instruction, “WHEN you come into the land…”

There’s plenty of “food for thought,” right there.

So, first, that and more in the Erev Shabbat teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa.

Behar 2016

The main question that seems to come from those who would prefer all this “Old [testament]” stuff to be “done away with” anyway is, “What POSSIBLE relevance, then, does any of this parsha have to the Church of What’s Happenin’ NOW? More than most who ignore His Word can imagine, particularly when it comes to the destruction now in progress:

“Reset Buttons, Debt, and ‘Service’ vs ‘Slavery’ “

“Emor” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

May 22nd, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a look at this week’s Torah portion, “Emor,” from Leviticus 21 through 24.

As it turns out, there are – or certainly at least were – set apart people, or Kohenim, and things, like the temple furnishings, and places, like the Mishkan.

But, too often overlooked, since we’ve inherited so many lies by now, there are set apart TIMES, too.

All of these are explored first, in the Erev Shabbat teaching.
SSM Emor 2016

During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark is even a bit more blunt than usual, because the topic demands nothing less. Sometimes if we desire to understand what it means to be “set apart”, it’s very helpful to know, “from WHAT?”

And here’s a question that really hits home. What does it mean to “serve Him”? Perhaps we’ve been lied to on that score, too.

“Time to be set apart”

…so, be ready, “in season and out,” to explain what that means.

 

 

Mark Call – “Kedoshim” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

May 15th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa from the mountains of southern Colorado for a look at this week’s Torah portion, “Kedoshim,” from Leviticus 19 and 20.

What the heck does it mean to be “holy”?

First, the Erev Shabbat teaching, where that question is answered directly, from “beginning to end” of the parsha.  And, this week, current events are a major part of that story:

Kedoshim SSM 2016

 

During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark is even a bit more blunt than usual, because the topic demands nothing less. Sometimes if we desire to understand what it means to be “set apart”, it’s very helpful to know, “from WHAT?”

“Practical Holiness”

 

And the urgency has never been more obvious.

 

 

 

“Acharei Mot” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

May 8th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa from the mountains of southern Colorado for an in-depth examination of this week’s Torah portion, the related haftorah (Ezekiel 22) and how it is still every bit as relevant, even when we remain in exile, as it has been throughout history.

Warning: Not only does this week’s parsha contain “adult content”, but it also may be unsuitable for ‘milk drinkers’.

First, the Erev Shabbat teaching, where Mark generally covers the entire parsha (Leviticus chapters 16 through 18) from start to finish:

Acharei Mot 2016

During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark “takes off the gloves” (OK, even more than usual ? ) and tackles the utterly politically-INcorrect elements of this part of Scripture in particular that show why so many of the lies we have “inherited from our fathers” are not only exactly that — but lead to Death:

Love is NOT all there is: The subtle and NOT so subtle reasons for “discrimination”

 

“Pesach – final day” – teaching from Mark Call at Shabbat Shalom Mesa

May 3rd, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa from the mountains of southern Colorado a bit of ‘potpourri’ of Scriptures related to the week of Unleavened Bread, and what follows.

First, two looks at elements of the Passover Seder which perhaps don’t get as much attention as he suggests they should.

The Erev Shabbat teaching begins with current events and then the relevance of Exodus chapter 12:

Erev Shabbat pre-Pesach 2016

During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark focuses a bit more on things that tend to get overlooked in our “chametz-soaked” politically-correct world, and what we therefore should NOT forget:

“Father Knows Best”

The final days of Pesach Week 2016 begin on Erev Shabbat with another comparison of current events with prophecy, and a reading from Exodus 14:22 through the middle of chapter 16:

Final day Week of Unleavened Bread 2016

During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark first looks briefly at a “teaser” for the regular parsha (coming next) of “Achre Mot,” and the admonition of things we are NOT to do that they did in Egypt, and also in pagan Canaan – but Amerika now wallows in. Since the Passover is about “freedom from bondage” — in SO many ways! — and yet bondage and death is equally key to what “this world” seems intent on fomenting…

Freedom from Bondage – through the 8th Day 2016

 

“Tzav” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa, by Mark Call

March 27th, 2016

Parsha “Tzav,” (Leviticus chapters 6 through 8) begins with Moshe being told to COMMAND (‘tzav’) Aaron and his sons by YHVH, again concerning “korbon” or offerings, as the previous parsha, but this time with their part of the instruction.

In the first recording, for Erev Shabbat, Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa discusses those differences, and again the concept of “korbon,” as well as the process for their anointing and sanctification as priests (‘cohenim’) of YHVH.

Tzav 2016

 

The Sabbath day teaching again starts there and continues to some of the deeper, and even more unsettling questions – particularly on a weekend where paganism proves Yahushua’s repeated point (from Mark chapter 7, et al) that “by your traditions” you have made the “commandments of Yah of NO EFFECT.”  (Regular readers and listeners will already understand why “3 days and 3 nights” could NOT possibly be correctly counted from any “friday” (good, or otherwise) and how the ‘high holy day’ associated with the Feast of Unleavened Bread fits during the week of Pesach/Passover.)

“The Ishtar sun-god-day story, and the Irony of UNintentional Sin”

 

“Ki Tisa” – teaching by Mark Call from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

February 28th, 2016

Parsha “Ki Tisa,” (Exodus 30:11 through 34:35) picks up the story of the Mishkan, and the Exodus, with one of the most important events in all of human history.

In the first recording, for Erev Shabbat, Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaches from the entire parsha, including the story of the ‘golden calf,’ and some of the key questions which surround it.

Ki Tisa 2016    26 February, 2016.

 

During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark focuses on what for most of ‘the church’ will no doubt be a VERY uncomfortable comparison: How is today’s paganism so ‘superior’ to that incident that got so many killed then?

“Golden calves and Other Intermediaries

Once Twisted, it’s Hard to Un-Twist

November 30th, 2015

NOTE:  This article is a follow-on to the previous post, “If ‘the Law of the LORD is perfect’ – then why ‘twist Paul’?

 

The problem with seeing the world, the Bible, and even “the LORD” through pagan sunglasses is that things still look funny when you try to take them off. The “twisting of Paul” seems to be epidemic. But the ramifications are more serious than most who do it will admit.

“I think I know how these guys think now,” said the Defender of Xtianity. They [those Hebrew Roots types] see a verse like Colossians 2:16-17 and turn the message completely upside-down!”

So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the body of the Messiah. ”

“As if Paul isn’t talking about how WE are to reject the Jewish festivals and sabbaths! They actually seem to think he was talking to judaizers and saying that they shouldn’t let US judge THEM for not keeping the Christian holy days of the New Covenant!”

“So then, to think like Mark Call, we must start with Torah and end with Torah and every reading must be interpreted through that filter. Whereas we start with Jesus and end with Jesus.

And therein lies the rub. If you START with “another jesus, whom we have NOT preached”, and then end in the same place, the logical fallacy is called “circular reasoning”. The assumption justifies the conclusion. And since the conclusion feels good, nothing else matters. Even, it seems, Scripture itself.

If the Foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)

When Yahushua came “in His Father’s Name” to the world, the only Scripture that then existed was the “old” testament. It was the Torah of Moses, the Writings, and the Prophets, as He said, (John chapter 5) which, “testify of Me.” How could it be otherwise? The “new” testament wouldn’t be written until decades later, and the authors relied on the only Scripture they knew to make the case that He was Who they said He must be! Yahushua made this argument at length in John 5:30-47.

 

If the Foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? “

There is a painful irony in this blindness, too. By claiming that Paul means the opposite thing from what they want him to be saying, that all-too-common heresy ignores WHO THE LETTER WAS WRITTEN TO:

Former pagans! People attempting to “turn to Him,” and being persecuted by the pagans around them for keeping the MOEDIM of YHVH! People who, then like now, are being “judged” for things like NOT eating pork, or NOT keeping “Xmas” or NOT celebrating pagan fertility rites with bunnies and eggs!

 

Yes, the author of that Letter was saying, “don’t let them judge you” for following the One True God, and keeping His feasts, His “holidays,” instead of the ones you grew up with!

And thus we keep coming back to the real problem, and the circular fallacy:

Just which “Jesus” do they worship? The one Who KEPT the Feasts (‘moedim’ or “Appointed Times”) of YHVH and NEVER once ate pork, or violated His own Sabbaths? And Who said He would NOT – not in the SLIGHTEST amount – change the Torah they not only ignore but seem to hate?

 

Or… “another jesus” who “did away with the Law”? And whom Shaul/Paul and the Apostles did “not preach”.

The problem is that they “start with jesus, and end with him” – and the “him” is NOT the Messiah that was Written of in Scripture!

This is the message of the end of Yahuchanon (John) chapter 5!

If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true.” (John 5:31)

…“the Father Himself, Who sent Me, has testified of Me!”

You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you have not His Word abiding in you: for Whom He has sent, him you do not believe. Search the Scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they testify of Me.”

Hint: He is NOT talking about the the yet-then-unwritten letters of Paul!!!!

 

And you will not come to Me, that you might have life.

(think, “another jesus, whom we have NOT preached” instead!)

I have come in My Father’s Name, and yet you do not receive Me: if another comes in his own name, him you will receive!”

How right He was!

How can you believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that comes from Yah only?

Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuses you, even Moses, in whom you trust.

 

Well, that was THEN. These guys don’t even believe Moses, either, having accepted the lie that the “Old” has been “done away with”.

For had you believed Moses, you would have believed Me: for he Wrote of Me. But if you will not believe His Writings, how shall you believe My words? (John 5:46-47)

 

ANSWER: They ignore those. And twist the literal you-know-what outta Paul!

 

Yahushua was talking FACE-to-FACE to a bunch of hypocrites who KNEW the Torah and Tanakh, and yet were still so wedded to their own tradition and “law” that they refused to see the Torah Made Flesh when He taught them in PERSON. “How much more so,” then, those who have an even MORE paganized ‘tradition of men’ and so-called “law” that they can literally turn the words of a consummate Torah scholar like Shaul/”Paul” upside down, and deny the very Words of the Word Made Flesh Himself in the process!

When the Foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (wipe the dust off their feet, and move on, says the “Torah Made Flesh” they ignore.)

He who turns his ear from hearing Torah – even his PRAYER is an abomination.” (Proverbs 28:9)

And yet, ultimately we will be asked “why does it matter?” Who really cares if His Name was “Yahushua,” or Yeshua, or even “Jesus”. If we just “believe in Him,” or claim to “love him,” by whatever name, and say the “sinner’s prayer”, isn’t that enough? Isn’t that really ALL that matters?

And there is the rub. The answer is NO! That same Paul said, “work out your OWN SALVATION with fear and trembling.” For cryin’ out loud, why would he feel the need to say something like THAT if saying the sinner’s prayer once-and-done was all it took? (Never mind that the so-called “sinner’s prayer” is nowhere to be found in His Word anyway!)

Yahushua said (John 14:15), “if you love Me, keep My commandments.” And, yes, let’s not forget that “I never knew you” warning to those who ignore His Instruction!

Isn’t there a concern here? How can one get “eternal life” from the wrong savior?

If the Foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? “

We can, in fact, build our house upon the Rock. That YHVH is Who He says He is. That He does NOT change, He IS “the same, yesterday, today, and forever,” and that He did not change His mind, or His Word.

If there is “another jesus, whom we have not preached,” who “did away with” the “law of Moses,” we know that he is a liar, and the Truth is not in him.

The Messiah must be consistent with His own Word! How else could He be the Torah Made Flesh?

And that is a Very Big Deal, indeed.

Study, to show yourself approved,” said that same guy, Shaul. No wonder he said to work it out for ourselves.

If ‘the Law of the LORD is perfect’ – then why ‘twist Paul’?

November 9th, 2015

I recently engaged in an extend on-line “debate” with an individual who genuinely seemed to want to understand an issue associated with marriage and Scripture. (One of those “big three” most-twisted doctrines!) The specifics of that debate aren’t the point of this article, but the fundamental fallacy that underlies the Big Lie certainly is.
And the problem might simply be called “Baggage Overload.”

The result is clear, albeit denied by ‘the church’ in spite of the legions of prophetic warnings:
Forbidding things that are NOT forbidden, from dancing to drinking to marriage, while “doing away” with prohibitions that come directly from Scripture.

Yahushua warned (Mark chapter 7, etc.) against such hypocrisy, saying, “By your traditions, you have made the commandments of Yah of no effect.”

If there is a single problem with “xtianity” other than the claim that a man in a fish-god hat can override the Word of YHVH Himself, it is the heresy that says the letters of Paul supersede the entire rest of the Bible. Since he declares himself to be a “bondservant of the Most High”, isn’t it correct to presume he would not directly contradict the One he claims to serve?

If nothing else, the “burden of proof” rests on those who claim he did, particularly when it is contradictory to the entire rest of Scripture!

It never ceases to amaze me how people can be “believe in Jesus” and then ignore what He said. (He said the same thing, actually, in Luke 6:46!) But the chief logical fallacy seems to be quoting Paul to deny His commandments.

The ‘mainstream xtianity’ proponent called this fallacy a “plain reading of St. Paul’s text.

“As twisted,” no doubt. (See II Peter 3:15-16!)

And here is how he summarized the chasm between the Torah-observant view and ‘Christianity’:

…Different starting points. The Christian view on ‘The Law’ is radically different than the Jews. To the Christian, “The Law” has practiced by the Jews has passed and His Law is now (being) written on our hearts. Instead of the external obligations we have internal being. We call that internal being sanctification – a fundamental pillar of salvation by grace.

The process is easy (His yoke is light).

He paid for our sin for us at Calvary.

We believe it and walk with Him trusting Him to lead us.

He gives us Himself and takes up residence in us.

He, in us, transforms us.

The problem is what Scripture AND the One they claim to worship as Messiah actually SAYS, from “If you love Me, keep My commands,” (John 14:15, 21, 23, 24, and the warnings that immediately follow) to the very stern rebuke of I John 2:3-6. “By this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says “I know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him…He who says he abides in Him ought to walk just as He walked.”

Yahushua NEVER, EVER said that His “Law” had, or would (so long as “heaven and earth still remain!) “pass away.” And He was just as hard on the Pharisees for their hypocrisy of “adding to” His commandments, and claiming they were thus “Law”, as His Word still is for those of ‘the Church’ who claim to be able to “do away with” what He said would abide in SPITE of their lies. (It is for that very reason that I take special care in such discussions to distinguish between that “other jesus, whom we have not preached,” and Yahushua HaMeshiach.)

And the fact that such people deny His Word, do NOT keep His sabbaths, and eat what He said is not ‘food’, in general proves that the “renewed Covenant” spoken of in Jeremiah 31:31-34 has NOT yet been “written on their hearts.” Because such ‘teachers’ not only ARE ‘unlearned and untaught‘, but reject that knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)

The prophet Hosea says therefore that they will not be priests for Him, and that YHVH will also forget their children. Those warnings have long been true. But it is Yahushua’s admonition of those who claim to “come in My Name” that instead He declares, “I never knew you!” that must take His Word, and His character that underlies it, to heart today.

Every aspect of the world situation today trumpets the concept “End Times.” Those who can see that “handwriting on the wall,” must come to terms with the fact that we have “inherited lies from our [church] ‘fathers‘” and that the deception has been in place for a very long time. Like it or not, many today do follow “another jesus, whom we have NOT preached.”