“Pinchas” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

July 31st, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Pinchas” (Numbers chapter 25 through 29).

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 begins with what is arguably one of the most “problematic” stories in Scripture, of the ‘zealot’ Pinchas (Phineas) — who without hesitation kills two people “in the act” — and simultaneously stays a plague that had already killed 24,000 people. How does what follows fit in?

SSM Pinchas 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching explores the real issue of “zealotry”. Clearly such actions are perilous. When does it “cross the line”?

“Jealous? Or ‘zealous’? Listening to the ‘still small voice’

“Balak” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

July 25th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Balak” (Numbers 22:2 through 25:9).

  • 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 is unique among the stories in the Torah for several reasons, including the fact that it focuses not on Moses, Aaron, and the ‘children of Israel,’ but two pagan characters, Balak and Balaam. But their connections to “kol Israel ” then and ‘Scattered Israel’ NOW are too important to overlook.

SSM Balak 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching starts where the story seems to leave off. There are truly “tough choices” ahead, and the pitfalls associated with “Baal Peor” haven’t changed much, either.

“Balak? Or Barak?

 

“Chukat” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

July 17th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Chukat” (Numbers chapter 19 through 21).

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 describes what has been called THE most “enigmatic mystery” [‘chuq’ or “statute”] in Scripture:

Just what is that red heifer thing all about?

But it turns out that’s just the beginning of the story!

SSM Chukat 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching takes a look in detail into why “mysteries” — or statutes — that might seem confusing, or downright uncomfortable, have been claimed “done away with” instead!
“The Red Heifer — and Other Uncomfortable Mysteries Left Ignored”

“Korach” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

July 10th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Korach” (Numbers chapter 16 through 18).

  • 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 Paltalk room is called “Walking Torah with Shabbat Shalom Mesa”.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching includes the story of another one of the most difficult incidents in the Torah, the story of the rebellion of Korach (Korah).

Korach 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching explores in more detail the nature of “rebellion” itself – as opposed to “coming out of her”. How was Korach able to convince people who literally SAW the miracles of YHVH Himself to rebel against His chosen leader? And where does that leave us?
“Rebellion, Scorn, Derision, and “withdrawing consent” from Evil”

 

“Shelach Lekha” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

July 3rd, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Beha’alotcha” (Numbers chapter 13 through 15).

  • 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 includes the story of another one of the most difficult incidents in the Torah, as well as the first recorded attempt at “democracy” in recorded history.  It is a tough lesson, but one that remains vital to our understanding today:

Shelach 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching combines elements from at least two disparate, but very much related, turning points in history:

the story of the ‘spies’ and the First Recorded Vote in history,

and the signing of the Declaration of Independence,

both of them arguably even more crucial today than ever:

“Why not believe Him?”

 

 

“Beha’alotcha” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

June 26th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Beha’alotcha” (Numbers chapter 8 through 12).

This week’s parsha marks another clear “turning point” in Scripture. Like the story from the Garden of Eden in Genesis chapter 3, or the story of the ‘golden calf’ at Mount Sinai, it’s a time of leaving, and people being people – again.

The Erev Shabbat total overview again covers the “whole story” – from lighting of the lamps on the menorah laying hands on the Levites, through the story of Aaron, and Miriam’s tzaraas to why Moses just isn’t like other prophets.

Behalotcha 2016

But it’s the issue of prophecy – then and now – and the ‘turning points’ that we face — again, then and now — that go ‘front and center’ during the Sabbath day teaching:

Tests of character – or – what constitutes a ‘prophet of YHVH’?

 

 

“Naso” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

June 21st, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Naso” (Numbers 4:21 through chapter 7).

And let’s be clear up front. This one, to paraphrase Shaul/Paul, is about the “meat” of Scripture, not milk. And in a world of paganized “xtianity” where much of what calls itself the ‘Body of Christ’ is not even ready for water — and as Yahushua promised — many will be “offended”.

But it is time for all of us to speak His Truth “boldly” – as we ought to.

First, from Erev Shabbat, the overview of the entire fascinating — and even repetitive — Torah portion. This is the longest parsha in Scripture; it contains some of the most critical concepts in Scripture, especially now, and also among the most “overlooked”.

Naso 2016

 alternate link via WayToZion to Erev Shabbat Naso 2016

It is again the Sabbath Day teaching where the Torah portion, and the Scriptures that depend upon it, become such an indictment to a world, even a “church,” which “honors Me with their lips” — but “their hearts are far from me.”

How can we possibly come OUT of something, if we don’t even recognize the whoring and lies that resulted in the Exile to begin with?

 

“What fellowship has whoring with the ‘body of …”another jesus“…’ ?”

alternate link to Naso Sabbath Day teaching

“Bemidbar” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

June 12th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa as we begin the study of a new Book, Numbers in the English, but “Bemidbar,” or In the Wilderness, from the Hebrew (Numbers 1:1 through 4:21).

And it starts with a “head count”, and continues through the what and why of the Levites who “take the place of” the firstborn. During the Erev Shabbat overview, Mark takes a look at the specifics, and why these numbers should give us an insight that buying into the lie that ‘the Law is done away with’ will NEVER provide:

Bemidbar 2016

This time the Sabbath Day teaching goes even further afield, and certainly even more politically INcorrect, than even the numbers themselves reveal. There is a VERY good reason that when YHVH commands a census, He is counting “Who is Mine!” and why we need to understand exactly what that means:

“Counting, numbering, registering, voting, and OWNING“

“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’ “