Posts Tagged ‘choose life!’

Parsha “Vaera” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Join Mark Call for two teachings on this week’s Torah portion, “Vaera” (Exodus 6-9).

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, (Friday evening) Mark again covers the essential aspects of the story, from “<em>Ani YHVH</em>” and what that declaration means, and the subsequent story will emphasize, to through the first seven plagues.

SSM Vaera 2015

The longer teaching from Shabbat is a bit different than usual. While always careful to distinguish between “what is Written”, and what might be called “connecting the dots,” sometimes a little “<em>Markology</em>” is apropos. Because this portion is <strong>SO </strong>connected to our natural concern about what is happening now, and how that might relate to plagues to come, this is the week for it. When the “Greater Exodus” begins, will we recognize the pattern?

“Plagues, Parallels, and Prophecy”  – Vaera 2015

Torah portion “Vayera” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Join Mark Call for two related, but different looks at parsha ‘Vayera’ and the story of the first patrairch, Abraham.

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, (Friday evening) Mark covers what some consider one of the most perplexing portions in Scripture chronologically, from Beresheit/Genesis chapter 18 through 22.

SSM “Vayera” 2014 teaching
The longer teaching from Shabbat again delves specifically into character issues, not only Abraham in contrast with Lot, but in connection to the disturbing parallels to ‘the world’ today.  There’s tremendous good news in this parsha as well, because, “THIS is gonna be SUMPIN” to see!!!”

Talking Torah “Vayera” teaching for 2014 – Lots Today – and This is gonna be SUMPIN to see!”

Mark Call – Parsha “Ha’azinu” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Join Mark Call for two related, but different looks at this week’s Torah portion, Ha’azinu, and the ‘song of Moses’ in Deuteronomy chapter 32.

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, (Friday evening) Mark covers goes over the entire portion, as well as some discussion of Yom Teruah:

SSM Ha-azinu 2014

The longer teaching from Shabbat concentrates on some specifics of the parsha, the haftorah text, and additional in-depth examination of the coming Fall Feasts, current events in the context of Biblical prophecy, and the repeating cycles that tie it all together.

TT CooH Ha-azinu teaching, and a discussion of both cycles and ‘mindset’

Mark Call – Parsha “Nitzavim” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Join Mark Call for two related, but different looks at this week’s Torah portion, Nitzavim/Vayelech from Deuteronomy 29:9 through chapter 31.

The first recording is the regular Erev Shabbat teaching, from the Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship, and is an overview of the entire parsha:
SSM Nitzavim 2014

If you have ever heard the Incredible Lie that “NOBODY except Jesus Christ could POSSIBLY keep the LAW!” — listen to this one, and then search it out for yourself to see whether He is true, and what men are liars.

The longer teaching from Shabbat concentrates on some specifics of the parsha, which Mark considers to be one of the most “eye-opening” in all of Scripture to those who seek to know WHY we are to keep His Torah, and to debunk some of the most unconscionable lies that we have been told in “sunday school.”  It boils down to “choose life!”

TT CooH Nitzavim 2014 – Choose Life!

 

 

Parsha Ki Tetze – and how the Bible is NOT “politically-correct”

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Join Mark Call for two related, but different looks at this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tetze, from Deuteronomy 21:10 through 25:19. This week’s discussion also comes with another warning — not only is the material associated with marriage, covenant, adultery, divorce, and a number of other issues at the ‘adult’ level, but it is among some of the most politically-incorrect in Scripture. Is it the ‘traditions of man’ that matter, or are we willing to read Scripture as Written?

The first recording is the regular Erev Shabbat teaching, from the Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship, and is again an overview of the entire parsha:

SSM Ki Tetze 2014

The longer teaching from Shabbat concentrates on some of those politically-incorrect, and therefore not only overlooked but often simply distorted aspects of the Bible, as well as the connections to why ‘modern society’ is the mess that it is.

Ki Tetze – on Marriage, Divorce, Adultery, and a lot of other NOT-PC mitzvot — it’s about COVERING

Torah portion “Shoftim”

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Join Mark Call for two related, but different looks at this week’s Torah portion, Shoftim, from Deuteronomy 16:18 through 21:9. This week’s portion focuses on the concept of “Justice”, and provides some incredible insight, generally overlooked in today’s “post-Biblical” world.

The first recording is the regular Erev Shabbat teaching, from the Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship, and is as usual an overview of the entire parsha:

SSM Shoftim 2014

The much longer teaching from Shabbat concentrates on a major theme from the parsha in greater detail, and even more than usual this week in connections to the current “times and seasons”.  The contrast between <em>”Justice, JUSTICE! you shall pursue,”</em> and the “Greater Babylon Metro Area” has never been more stark.

TT CooH Shoftim 2014 – With no hint of “Justice, Justice” – no wonder some are scared

Torah portion “Re-eh”

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Join Mark Call for two related, but different looks at this week’s Torah portion, Re’eh, from Deuteronomy 11:26 through 16:17. This week’s discussion continues some of the most no-holds-barred rejections in Scripture against idolatry and those who might entice the unwary into it as well.

The first recording is the regular Erev Shabbat teaching, from the Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship, and is again an overview of the entire parsha:

SSM Re’eh 2014

The longer teaching from Shabbat concentrates on specifics from the parsha in more detail, as well as the connections to the current “times and seasons”. It very much IS about “Who is to be Master — that is all!

TT CooH – Re’eh – “Who is to be Master?”

 

 

Parsha “Vaetchanan” — Deut. 3:23 – 7:11

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Join Mark Call for two related, but different looks at this week’s Torah portion, Vaetchanon, from the Book of Deuteronomy 3:23 through 7:11. This week’s discussion may be one of the most central, and important, that Mark has done; don’t miss it!

The first recording is the regular Erev Shabbat teaching, from the Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship, and is again an overview of the entire parsha:

SSM 8 August, 2014 — Vaetchanan

The longer teaching from Shabbat concentrates on specifics from the parsha in more detail, as well as the connections to the current “times and seasons”.  And this one asks a vital question, in light of the recent attempts to foster and incite a “pandemic panic” —

Is DNA part of “His Word”?

Mark Call TT CooH teaching for 9 August, 2014:  “Is DNA really ‘His Word,’ too?”

Korach – Leadership, rebellion, and community (as we “come out of her”)

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Join Mark Call for two related, but different looks at this week’s Torah portion, Korach, from Numbers chapters 16 through 18.

The Shabbat morning teaching concentrates, on some specifics from the parsha, in more detail, and with, as usual, topical references relevant to current events and the “Come out of her” connection.

Bokker Shabbat teaching – Korach

This is the regular Erev Shabbat teaching, from the Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship, and is again an overview of the entire parsha. This week it includes a more extended look at the news of the week, as well, for reasons that will hopefully be clear:

SSM Erev Shabbat Teaching – Korach

Are there parts of Scripture that just don’t matter?

Friday, May 16th, 2014

 

Every now and again we run across a Torah portion that just doesn’t seem applicable any more. While most people who have begun the process to “come out of” a church that denies the eternal Truth of His Word – that not one word has been “done away with” so long as heaven and earth abide, and that He does not change – sometimes we still seem to struggle with the relevance of a section that clearly just applies to someone ELSE, and another time.

Parsha “Emor”, from Leviticus chapters 21 through 24 seems to be a prime example. Most of us are not Levites, or priests, and neither the tabernacle nor the temple currently exists. What difference does it make to us, then, why, or particularly how, they were to be “set-apart” (“qadosh,” or “holy”) – “because I AM set apart”?

This author contends that the more tempted we are to ignore something in Scripture, the more we should recognize that there’s a lesson in there, perhaps all the more important because we are NOT paying attention. At the very least, He wrote it down for us for a reason, and it might very well be that the reason it does NOT seem important is precisely because we aren’t learning the lesson.

Leviticus chapter 21 is all about the priests who are the “sons of Aaron.” They are to be “set apart,” and literally live according to a higher standard than people who do not come into the presence of YHVH, and perform His special tasks. They are specifically limited in their choice of wives, must not be maimed, blind, mutilated, or even physically blemished, and are not to be “defiled” in any number of ways – particularly when it comes to contact with death. Why?

I will suggest that at least PART of the answer lies in that last qualifier – although Scripture puts it first. At the end of the discussion (Lev. 22:31), YHVH again states what we SHOULD by now know: “You shall keep My Commandments (“mitzvoti”) and DO them,” followed by His “signature” – “I AM YHVH!” The very next verse reminds us that we are to honor, not profane, His Set-Apart Name. Not so much by worrying about whether or how to pronounce it properly, but recognizing His character as His Word demonstrates, and honoring Him no less than we would a father, Who is also a King.

And a bit more evidence surfaces in the repetition of His appointed times in the chapter which immediately follows: “…these are My appointed seasons!” Note that He never calls them “Jewish feasts,” and they’re certainly not claimed by modern Xtianity, but always uses the first-person specific; “These are MY appointed times,” you are to “keep My moedim”, and it’s “forever,” “throughout your generations,” and in all your dwelling places, too. Yes, by now we should understand that nowhere in Scripture does He EVER change His set-apart times, His Sabbaths, or tell us that they’re no longer applicable. But there seems to be more to it, in THIS context, this time, in this place in Scripture.

Even the repeating patterns of numbers in the dates seem to make the point!

Notice that He starts, this time as in so many other reminders, with His Sabbath, which repeats every seven days, just as He told us was the pattern of His creation. As an exercise, just COUNT how many times in Lev. 23 two specific numbers – 7 and 1 – show up. And how many multiples of seven we see as well!

So much about His set-apart times serve to teach and remind us of His work, His plan, and His instruction…from the completed action of creation and deliverance from bondage, to lessons of forgiveness, redemption, and reconciliation. His act of creation “ex nihilo” — from nothing – involved separating light from darkness, and then breathing life into lifelesness. And while He then ‘rested’ on the seventh day of creation, another understanding of that rest might be to appreciate, or to interact with His completed work. It’s all about life, and having it “more abundantly” through Him.

His Sabbaths and appointed times have been described as having been set apart in TIME to meet with us, while the mishkan (tabernacle) and temple were physical SPACES inside this creation set aside to meet with us, even to dwell among us.

Doesn’t it make sense that those who were set apart to be priests for Him, and to enter into those places in both space and in time where YHVH put His Name would need to be as set apart from death as humanly possible as well? No wonder the “higher standard” that Leviticus 22 speaks of would so emphasize separation from everything having to do with death. It’s about LIFE.

What can we learn from these verses in a world which now all too often does the opposite? A world which denies His Name, “chooses that in which He does not delight,” and morbidly worships death?

Ezekiel 44 completes the story. Israel went astray from Yah (verses 10-13) because their priests “ministered unto them before their idols.” Then, as now, it is vital that we are taught, “the difference between the holy and profane, and …discern between the unclean and the clean.

If we believe that it is possible one day to be priests and kings for Him, of the “order of Melchizedek,” isn’t it important that we understand what priests are supposed to teach?

Ultimately, the lesson remains that we are to choose between life and death, and know how to make that choice.

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live…” (Deut. 30:19)

Choose life.