Posts Tagged ‘Bemidbar’

Parsha “Bemidbar”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a look at parsha “Bemidbar” (Bemidbar/Numbers 1:1 through 4:20) where we begin the story of what happens “In the Wilderness”, with a lot of numbers to boot.

In the Erev Shabbat review, after a bit of background about why BOTH the Hebrew and English names for the Book are pretty apropos, we talk not only about some of the ‘numbers’, but why they’re important enough to make such a big deal about.

SSM Bemidbar 2019

By now, most regular listeners to Mark Call’s “no holds barred, no PC left unexposed” in-depth Torah studies will know that “Torah-as-Written” is going to offend those not even quite ready for ‘milk’. But this week’s Sabbath teaching also takes note of the fact that many of us will celebrate Shavout, the final of this year’s Spring Feasts, this weekend.

And for reasons that will hopefully make sense after this review (and go well beyond the usual ‘rabbinic’ rationale!) THIS year the confluence of Scripture and Societal Situation make the message seem not only poignant, but prescient.

In other words, it’s almost impossible to deny that He clearly has a Plan. And it’s about choosing life, and His redemption:

“Bemidbar and Shavuot: What does ‘lifting the head’, ‘yibum’, the Book of Ruth, and even seduction have to do with Modern ‘SodameriKa’?”

Parsha “Bemidbar”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaches “Bemidbar,” the first parsha in the Book of that same name, aka “Numbers” (and there are a lot of THOSE, too!) — Numbers 1:1 through 4:20.

The Erev Shabbat overview describes why the English monikers of “Numbers” really isn’t so inappropriate in this case, because much of this first portion is about precisely that.

SSM “Bemidbar” for 2018

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There is, of course, much more, too, although the numbers themselves are the very reason why Moses is commanded to make that first census of the children of Israel.

The Sabbath Day teaching continues that exploration of the major themes of the portion, beginning with the concept of ‘counting heads,’ or conducting a census — <strong>at the command of YHVH.</strong> — and what that says about ‘why’ such a census of His people is only made at His explicit command (as King David later realized).

Again, there are elements of contrast between those who, as did Moses, “did as Yahuah commanded,” and so much of what happens today, where those who count themselves as owned by “another master” should realize that WHATEVER that master may claim, it isn’t Him!

There is a very important reason why Yahushua responded with the questions that He did to those that tried to trip Him up over a “tax question”. And the part that is often overlooked is not just “whose image and inscription” is on Caesar’s coin, but WHOSE are WE?

“Bemidbar: Whose?”

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The combined part 1 and 2 files for both sections are up here:

“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”

“Bemidbar” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, 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“

New Paltalk Room with Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

This week was the inaugural run of the new Paltalk room for Shabbat Shalom Mesa…

“Walking Torah”.

The live services are every Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) starting at 6:30 PM Mountain Time; the room itself usually opens a half hour to an hour before the services begin, and stays open afterward for fellowship a similar duration.

There is a teaching session on Shabbat (Saturday morning) as well, starting at around 9 AM Mountain time, usually with a recorded teaching, and then a live session with Q & A after that.

This weeks’ MP3 podcasts of the teachings are here:

Torah Teaching “Shalach” and the transition into rebellion for 12 June, 2015

Descent — from whining and failure to Believe the Undeniable, to votes, to rebellion