Posts Tagged ‘idolatry’

Parsha “Vayakhel”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a look at parsha “Vayakhel” (Exodus 35:1 – 38:20) and some of the beauty, and vital importance, of ‘redundancy’.

This parsha begins Moses “assembling” the entire congregation of the ‘sons of Israel’ to hear something, that at least in part, they’ve heard before. And therein lies much of the story!

In the Erev Shabbat review of what that means, Mark points out again just how often we might think that “we’ve heard all of this before” (and yet, there really is “no idle word in Scripture”) — and that’s kinda the whole point. At least, if we are “wise-hearted,” “willing hearted,” and have hearts that are stirred up when they need to be.

SSM “Vayakhel” 2019

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During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark goes in a “whole ‘nuther direction”, based on the idea that while cycles in history and prophecy repeat, SOMETIMES we are on the ‘opposite half cycle.’ Like today.

Vayakhel is about Moshe “assembling” the people of Israel together, so that those who were “wise-hearted, willing-hearted
and those whose hearts stirred them up to create a place where YHVH would dwell among them were able to come together to create set-apart, “holy” works of beauty and literally ‘return to Him’ after the failure of the ‘golden calf’.

Today, in a polar opposite contrast, hard-hearted people who literally HATE the God of the Bible come together to destroy His house and all that is beautiful in His creation. And there’s a lesson there, too, in several ways.

“Vayakhel: and the Opposite Half of the Cycle!”

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The combined part 1 and 2 files for both sections are up here, and available for download and off-line listening.

Parsha “Ki Tisa”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Parsha “Ki Tisa” (Exodus 30:11 through chapter 34) may be the most “story- and theme-packed” parsha in the Bible.

This parsha begins with the census, or literally “head-count” — by means of the silver half-shekel — and continues with some of the most important, and repeated issues and admonitions in all of Scripture, from His Sabbaths, to the tragic story of the ‘golden calf’ and the prohibitions (plural!) against any form of idolatry.

And that obviously should include SO much of what has been incorporated into the various flavors of the ‘Whore Church’ by making those forbidden ‘treaties’ with fake gods.

In the Erev Shabbat review of all of that, Mark Call points out again just how often (because Scripture itself does!) we are told things that contradict the more ‘modern’ teaching that “the law is <em>done away with</em>” when in fact even the rhetorical devices in sections like this reveal the degree of THAT particular lie!

SSM “Ki Tisa” 2019

 

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During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark explores the myriad themes that support the story (or vice-versa) in not only the Torah portion itself, but related pictures from Scripture, and things that show us why the pattern there is still SO important today.

Perhaps primary among those, in this world today, is the “blessing and curse” of being stiff-necked. It almost got “kol Israel” killed after the idolatry of the ‘golden calf,’ but may conversely be the kind of “stubbornness” that is needed to face the even more pervasive myriad of idolatries today.

“Ki Tisa: THE Choice – and the Faith to Be Stiff-Necked When it COUNTS”

 

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Parsha “Tetzaveh”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

Parsha “Tetzaveh” (Exodus 27:20 through 30:10) is another ‘semi-controversial’ teaching from the Torah. Is it a proof text of “why the Law is done away with,” or the converse?

This parsha continues the description, among other things, of the clothing “for beauty and for splendor” to be worn by the ‘cohenim’ (priests, of the line of Aaron) and particularly the special garments of the ‘Cohen Hagadol,’ or High Priest.

Join Mark Call first for the Erev Shabbat review of all of that, and another demonstration that even though neither the cohenim NOR the place they were called to serve still exist as they once did, when Scripture says that the commandments associated with them are “forever,” it’s a good reason for us to listen to Him, rather than what we’ve been told He should have said:

SSM Tetzaveh 2019

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During the Sabbath Day teaching Mark again takes a look at the ‘bigger picture,’ of not only the Torah portion itself, but related pictures from Scripture, and things that show us why the pattern there is still SO important today.

There are reasons why ‘the priesthood’ no longer wears those garments, or even has a place to. To listen to the Whore Church, it might have something to do with Melchitzedek. But based on fruit, and warnings associated with scattered and lost tribes, maybe “sackcloth and ashes” is better garb anyway.

Here is another, continued lesson those who would like to be part of a ‘holy priesthood’ should ponder.

“Tetzaveh: Clothing is only ONE way to show Who we serve — particularly, in Such a Time as THIS”

The combined part 1 and 2 files for both sections are up here from the HNR page, for both download and off-line listening.

Parsha “Mishpatim”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

Parsha “Mishpatim” (Exodus chapters 21 through 24) is – no doubt about it — the Scriptural “next step” after the general principles and ‘broad strokes’ of the “Ten Commandments.”

It is also the most “judgment-oriented” parsha in the Torah, and has more of what the title says, ‘mishpatim,’ judgments or ordinances, than any other. More importantly, it is THE basis for what once formed the heart of the ‘common law’, and the very essence of ‘righteousness’ and thus civil society.

The fact that it is now “politically INcorrect” speaks volumes.

Join Mark Call first for the Erev Shabbat review of all of that, and the reason why REAL ‘social justice’ is what YHVH says it is, as opposed to self-described “warriors” against it:

SSM “Mishpatim” 2019

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During the Sabbath Day teaching — and this week especially — Mark takes a deeper look the stark differences between what NOW passes for “law,” and what really is.

“Mishpatim: Distance Yourself From Falsehood”

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The combined part 1 and 2 files for both sections are up here, via the HNR permalink.

Parsha “Yitro”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

Parsha Yitro (Exodus chapters 18 through 20) is most famously associated with the giving of the “Ten Commandments” to the mixed multitude of “All Israel” on Mount Sinai.

There is, of course, much more. More to the story, more to what was said, and maybe even more than just “ten” of ’em.

Join Mark Call first for the Erev Shabbat review of all of that.

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During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark continues that teaching with a deeper look at some of the major “themes” of Yitro, from his mission, to the ‘preparation’ for what is to come, to the famous Covenant itself. There’s even a bit of “nerdy Markology”, which hopefully informed speculation, perhaps couched in modern terminology to help expand on a millenia-old event.

And have you ever noticed that YHVH describes what He is offering to a “Kingdom of PRIESTS” even before those cohenim are identified later as specifically from the tribe of Levi?

including some observations, and ‘dot-connection’, regarding what may have been one of the biggest “data dumps” in human history.

Mark calls it “channel prep” — preparing US for the download, and all the ‘hyperlinks’ that computer channels do at electronic speeds nowadays, but we still have to do by preparing ourselves — line by line, precept by precept — for His instruction to be written on our hearts, so we can walk what we have already been told is a “narrow path” — and FEW there be that find it.

“Yitro: Ten Debarim and Channel Prep”

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The combined part 1 and 2 files for both sections are up here, via the page for the teaching on Hebrew Nation Radio.

Parsha “Vayigash”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

Sunday, December 16th, 2018

On this Sabbath teaching, Mark Call takes a look at parsha, “Vayigash,” (Genesis 44:18 through 47:27), which completes the “cliff-hanger” story of Yosef (Joseph) and the test of his brothers, and ends with a reunion and a message that none of them anticipated.

The Erev Shabbat review of the whole story, from the place where Judah “Mans Up,” comes forward, and shows his brother something that Joseph had not expected:

SSM “Vayigash” 2018

 

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The Sabbath Day teaching is suggests that the major themes in the parsha are not only just as important as ever, but are now coming to a climax unlike that ever seen before. And it’s the haftorah part, from Ezekiel chapter 37, that helps to make that clear.

“Vayigash: Judah and Joseph – Two Sticks – and Life, Preserved AND Restored”

 

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The combined part 1 and 2 files for both sections, and the page link via HNR, are up here.

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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The combined part 1 and 2 files for both sections are up here, and available for download and off-line listening.

Parsha “Ki Tetzi”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for this week’s teaching of “Ki Tetzi,” (Deuteronomy 21:10 through all of chapter 25), which AGAIN seems to literally exemplify so much of what is ABSOLUTELY WRONG with the western world today, especially because this is so politically INcorrect that it speaks volumes!

The Erev Shabbat overview starts with the concept of the “war bride,” and that’s just for starters…

SSM “Ki Tetzi” 2018

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For several weeks running now, the Sabbath Day teaching is arguably even more NOT ‘politically-correct’ than the week before. And this time, there needs to be an “<strong>adult content” warning</strong> as well, since the topics include marriage, sexuality, virginity, and a few things that will be even more offensive to a world which genuinely seems to HATE His Word, especially “as Written”.

From ‘transgenderism’ and ‘sodomy’ to the issue of multiple wives, there is plenty in Scripture that is so at odds with what men say He SHOULD have said if He was as smart as they think they are, it’s no wonder the world is such a mess.

The emphasis, however, MUST be on what is actually Written. What we have “heard it said” is NOT necessarily what He Wrote, for our blessing. So, be like the Bereans (Acts 17:11).

“Ki Tetzi: Fraud Covenant Marriage and Divorce, and the fact that all this is <em>SO</em> ‘NOT PC’ speaks volumes!”

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Parsha “Ekev”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for this week’s teaching of “Ekev,” (Deuteronomy 7:12 through 11:25), where ‘because’ (the way the portion begins) really IS only the beginning of the story.

And the Erev Shabbat overview of course begins there, and follows the text, including still more insight into Moses’ continuing theme, “hear,” obey,” do, and LIVE:

SSM Ekev 2018

The Sabbath Day teaching starts with some understanding that the Hebrew words don’t necessarily mean exactly how they’re [mis]translated into English. A word like “shema/shemar”, for example, is actually even more than “hear and OBEY”, because that obedience is an INFORMED choice, if we ‘love Him’.

And how can we “love” Him, trust Him, even “obey Him” if we have not only ‘forgotten Him,’ but can’t even “hear” Him?

And on such “trivial” distinctions, civilizations fall.

“Ekev: ‘Because’ – and It’s Simple, Repetitive, Crucial – and IGNORED”

The permalink for the Hebrew Nation Radio link is up here, and combined part 1 and 2 files for both sections are here.

Parsha “Vaetchanon”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for this week’s teaching of “Vaetchanon,” (Deuteronomy 3:23 through 7:11), arguably one of THE most “central” and fundamental teachings in the entire Torah.

The Erev Shabbat overview begins at “and I besought”, the opening words, “V’etchanan” through the warnings about idolatry, and not “adding to,” or “subtracting from” (still VERY popular with both exiled houses!) to the Ten Debarim (commandments, or sayings) and what is described by the Torah Made Flesh as THE most important commandment in Scripture. The main theme, however, is not just “hear,” but “obey,” and “DO!”:

SSM Vaetchanon 2018

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The Sabbath Day teaching is all about the heart of the most important singular commandment in Scripture.

Warning: Adult Content, and again of course, NOT “Politically-Correct,”

“Vaetchanon: and RETURN to Me, O Backsliding Israel!”

 

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