Posts Tagged ‘choose life!’

Parsha “Korach”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a study of parsha “Korach” (Bemidbar/Numbers chapters 16 through 18), as well as some ‘compare and contrast’ from other parts of Scripture, and, yes, the ever more undeniable parallels with a world which is arguably in greater outright rebellion to Him than Korach even was.

But that is part of the ‘enigmatic’ nature of this story, too!

In the Erev Shabbat review, the story says a fellow named “Korach” (or Korah, in most English variants) took men and then began one of the prototypical rebellions in both the Bible, and history. And it ended dramatically, too. There is, of course, more to the story. Some of it you really don’t even see without a look back at some of the very revealing Hebrew words, which may not even show up in most translations.

SSM “Korach” 2019

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the story just begins there.

The Sabbath day message, as promised, takes a deeper look at that “rebellion”, and why it was punished so quickly, dramatically, and UNUSUALLY. And, perhaps, why other rebellions against YHVH seem to go unpunished as well. At least for a while.

 “Korach: Just a li’l bit o’ Blessing – or – Rebellion against Who?”

 

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Parsha “Shalach Lekha”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a study of parsha “Shalach Lekha” (Bemidbar/Numbers chapters 13 through 15), some of the related references from elsewhere in Scripture, and the undeniable parallels with a world which still literally “despises” Yahuah and His Word.

In the Erev Shabbat review, the story begins with the decision to “shalach” or send out men to ‘spy out’ the promised Land. When they return, we have recorded what Mark refers to as the “first recorded VOTE in history,” which two fellows named Joshua and Caleb are said to have lost. But the truth is that all who thought the ‘vote’ mattered were the real losers, and ultimately their “carcasses fell in the wilderness.”

SSM “Shalach Lekha” 2019

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But the story just begins there.

The Sabbath day message picks up the theme of those who Yah said “despised” Him, and includes a deeper look as well into the latter part of the parsha, including chapter 15, which Mark suggests might be titled, “Requiem for the Whore Church,” because it encapsulates in brief SO much of what the “Israel” that was later exiled (again, sent out or “shalach”-ed) for cause says is “done away with,” while He clearly says otherwise.

And notably today, we have our own version of evil men who not only bring a “bad report” of the Creator, but destroy literally every element of the things He said to keep, remember, and DO, “throughout your generations.”

The people of Berea were once praised for their willingness to “search out” a matter, and “see if these things are true.” Today, people “google” them instead, and one of the many lessons of this portion might be that the word has become a verb whose real meaning amounts now to “deliberately rebel” against them.

“Shalach Lekha: Spies, Demonocracy, and Gulag,
— OR —
So Close, and Yet SO Far!”

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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, June 9th, 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 “Behar”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Saturday, May 25th, 2019

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a look at parsha “Behar” (Leviticus chapters 25:1 – 26:2)  which again SOUNDS like a whole lotta ‘stuff’ that we’ve been told is “done away with”, and doesn’t matter anyway.  This week, though, it’s perhaps even more politically incorrect, because it goes to the heart of something that neither Big Brother nor his ‘whore Church’ even want you to think about.

In the Erev Shabbat review, Mark takes us through Sabbath not just for us, but ‘the land’, and why it is that evidently “proclaim liberty throughout the land” is oh-so-‘done-away-with.’  Instead, though, we have all kinds of slavery instead.

SSM Behar 2019

During the Sabbath day teaching, Mark again begins by noting that there’s a lot in the portion that is “Not PC” – yes, there really is a LOT of this lately, perhaps because those who prefer to call ‘evil,’ good, and then subsidize and mandate it, simply decide what IS ‘politically-correct’ based on what Scripturally-ISN’T.

We start with a quick review of other ‘verbotten’ topics that men have rewritten, to the point where people are now being kicked out of ‘churches’ (and, of course, off of Two-FacedBook) just for asking about them; from His Sabbaths and Moedim, to food (and what’s NOT), to marriage (or what now passes for it) — to another “third rail.” Just how “free indeed” are people who prefer lies and pleasant (so far) slavery to His Truth?

“Behar:  and Slavery, the new Third Rail”

 

Parsha “Kedoshim”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a look at parsha “Kedoshim” (Leviticus chapters 19 through 20)  which may be one of the best descriptions, and warnings, about post-Constitutional, “AmeriKa-with-a-K” in the Bible.

In the Erev Shabbat review, the study picks up with “this is, no SHALL BE, the <em>torah</em> of the ‘metzorah’,” or person who has ‘<em>tzaraat</em>’. What is to be done about it, and, yes, it can even infect a house.

SSM “Kedoshim” 2019

In the Sabbath day teaching, Mark connects a WHOLE lot of related dots this week, from prophetic warnings that are now flashing red sirens, to ‘twistings’ of some of the usual paganized doctrines that got the “ten lost tribes” exiled in the first place.

It’s not merely that “evil” is being called ‘good’, and vice-versa, or even that things which Yahuah described as “abomination” and prescribed a death penalty for are now mandated by a society which has elevated being “vomited out” to a source of twisted ‘pride’.

This is yet another portion that thus touches the heart of so very much that is wrong today, and why.  But, in this case, it is the problem and solution that are outlined in the very title and bookend admonitions of the parsha!  “Be set-apart,”  and it’s increasingly undeniable WHY.

In a world that has become “unclean, unclean!” — those who speak His Truth are being shamed and shunned, and of course banned from Two-Facebook.  But worse still, Mark asks a pertinent question, given that we have already been exiled – for cause – and literally, as foretold so many centuries ago – “vomited out of the land”.

What happens after THAT?

“Kedoshim:  Be Ya’ll Kedosh.   Cut off?  Or ‘Grafted In’?”

 

Parsha “Shemot”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

This week’s parsha, Shemot, (Exodus 1 through 6:1) begins the Book of the same name, and the story which forms the literal archetype for deliverance.

And it begins – and ultimately ends – in the story of rebellion and obedience. The Big Question is at the heart of the matter: WHO do we serve?

First, the Erev Shabbat review of the whole story, which does being with “shemot”, the “names,” those sons of Israel who came into Mitzraim (Egypt), those midwives who names, Shiphrah and Puah, are memorialized BECAUSE they weren’t familiar with the GIV (“Government Inspired Version) of Romans 13 and obeyed Yah rather than some man who thought he was ‘god,’ and finally THE Name of YHVH Himself, the key to the Whole Story:

SSM “Shemot” 2018

 

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The Sabbath Day teaching continues from the point where five of the most important, heroic women in all of Scripture demonstrate the key difference between obedience and rebellion (it IS about Who we serve!) and why the patterns of bondage and obedience to the RIGHT Master is still so vital. Perhaps more so than ever, given that virtually everything in Scripture is now so NOT-PC…

“Shemot: The named, the UN-named, and His Name… heroines vs heretics”

 

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Parsha “Vayashev”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Join Mark Call for a look at parsha, “Vayashev,” (“and he [Yakov] dwelt,” Genesis through chapters 37 through 40), which now moves on primarily to the story of Yakov’s sons, and especially Yosef (Joseph).

The Erev Shabbat review contains not only the story of Joseph’s sale into slavery by his brothers, and the subsequent false claims by Potiphar’s wife which result in his time in prison, but an “insertion” into the story (AKA, an “atbash,” which is a story in itself) of Judah, and Tamar, and just how important that insertion turns out to be, as well as the importance of dreams, as opposed to direct words from YHVH, to Joseph.

SSM “Vayashev” teaching for 2018

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The Sabbath Day teaching is again about only some of the major themes in the parsha, from a few of the apparently ALMOST ‘trivial,’ throw-away elements of the parsha, to an almost enigmatic comment about Yakov dealing with the loss of his son. They are indeed VERY important to us today.

Vayashev: Refuse to be comforted!

 

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Parsha “Bereshiet”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

This week, Mark Call takes a look at Bereshiet, “In the Beginning,” FROM the Beginning (Genesis 1:1 through 6:8) in what is probably a different way than you’ve ever heard before.

Yes, this is one of the “meatiest” and most truly information-packed portions in the whole of Scripture, and more than enough to occupy (and it has!) literally volumes of study.

But have you considered that the act of Creation, and the creation of mankind, “HaAdam,” in the image of YHVH Himself, has elements that are still in process?

First, the overview from Erev Shabbat, and a look at the many elements that make up the story, from the “Time Domain;” what happened first, and then next. Or is it?

SSM “Bereshiet” for 2018/2019 Torah cycle

During the ‘meat-filled’ Sabbath Day teaching, Mark-the-Engineer again “waxes nerdy,” and hopefully manages to make what “as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be…” (and how we’ll be able to tell) take on a whole new aspect. Don’t let the title scare you off, and don’t miss this one:

“Bereshiet: Free Will plus a bit of Control Theory…
…equals Self-Selection.”

 

 

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Parsha “Vayelek”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

The message in the Torah portion for this week (Vayelek, Deuteronomy chapter 31) is an elegant, and concise, summary of what Moshe told those who were about to enter the Promised Land. It’s also an elegant, concise warning that is every bit as vital to understand today, in such as time as this, as it was thousands of years ago.

Join Mark Call for, first, the Erev Shabbat overview teaching of the entire parsha,

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and then the Sabbath Day look at how certain aspects of that ancient warning are not only important, but now closer than ever.

“Vayelek: Deception, Evil, and the Work of Your Hands”

 

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