Posts Tagged ‘idolatry’

“Shoftim”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaches parsha “Shoftim” this week, from Deuteronomy 16:18 through 21:9.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching is about as FAR from AmeriKa-with-a-K in 2017 as is possible to get: <em>”Justice, JUSTICE you shall pursue!”</em> Evidently, because you won’t find it HERE:

SSM Shoftim 2017

 

The Sabbath Day teaching this week continues a theme from the last one, where we are clearly at a ‘cusp’, where many things seem to be ‘coming to a head’ of Downright Biblical Proportions. And when we compare how the Bible says we SHOULD seek “justice, JUSTICE!” with what has been happening in a nation that seems to hate YHVH even more than it has tried to forget Him — perhaps things become more clear.

In any event, Mark doesn’t blame those who are angry!

Shoftim: What if they gave a Race War and Nobody Came? Or – why you SHOULD be “mad as hell” – but it’s not enough!

“Re-eh”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaches parsha “Re-eh” this week, from Deuteronomy 11:26 through 16:17.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching — and just what it is that we are to <em>Behold</em>! is one of the most explicit anti-idoltry sequences in the Scripture (and that’s saying something):

SSM Re-eh 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching is a bit different this week, with more “dot-connection,” extrapolation, and even speculation (what he calls “Markology”) than usual – just because it’s been that kind of week, and we are clearly at a ‘cusp’, where many things seem to be ‘coming to a head’ of Downright Biblical Proportions.

Re-eh: the Coming Ugly – how things might generally play out

“Ekev”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaches parsha “Ekev” this week, from Deuteronomy 7:12 through 11:25.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching, and the “Because!” part:

SSM Ekev 2017

 

The Sabbath Day teaching is about connecting a lot of consistent Torah concepts with the idea of CONSEQUENCES. And why ‘causality’ is key. It also explains why the destruction of a Biblical worldview is the goal of those who hate YHVH and His Word.

“Ekev:   Causality – Biblical Worldview – and WHY it is SO important to seek HIS kingdom now!”

 

“Vaetchanan”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaches the parsha from the Book of Devarim/Deuteronomy this week — “Vaetchanan” (3:32 thru 7:11) — that begins a series with more “concentrated MEAT” than perhaps any section of Scripture.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching, and the specifics of the ‘statutes, judgments, and commandments’ that we are NOT to “add to” or “subtract from,” but DO:

SSM “Vaetchanan” 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching begins by noting that Deuteronomy is just plain DIFFERENT from all the other Books in the Torah. And so is this teaching. Admittedly, it’s a bit like drinking from a fire hose, but ‘the Words’ that begin here explain why ‘the World’ so hates them!

Warning: As usual, Mark pulls no punches. It’s not just the ‘Whore Church’ we see so clearly in this portion, but the fact that the two kingdoms might also be termed the “Add-to House,” and the “Subtract-from House.”

“Vaetchanan – From Hear and DO to – Two Houses, the Add-To and the Subtract-From”

“Devarim”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa teaches the first parsha from the Book of Devarim/Deuteronomy this week, parsha “Devarim”.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching starts with why these really are THE WORDS that still so much matter to all of us that want to be part of “kol Israel,” and called by His Name.

SSM Devarim 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching begins by noting that Deuteronomy is just plain DIFFERENT from all the other Books in the Torah. And so is this teaching. Admittedly, it’s a bit like drinking from a fire hose, but ‘the Words’ that begin here explain why ‘the World’ so hates them!

Warning: Again, Mark pulls no punches. If we need to explain WHY it’s so important to “come out of” the Whore Church, we must speak the truth “boldly,” as we ought to!

Devarim – Heaven and Earth – and the Biggest Lie of ALL”

“Pinchas”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes another two-part look at parsha “Pinchas” this week (Numbers 25:10 through 30:1).

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching begins with the end of the story of Pinchas (aka “Phineas” in some English Bibles), the now-legendary zealot who stayed the plague against the children of Israel by running a pair of coupling pagans through with a spear, and continues through the ‘second head count’, as the mixed multitude prepare to enter the land, to a summary of the daily and <em>moedim </em>offerings.

SSM Pinchas 2017

This week the Sabbath Day teaching is about The Zealot, but with the caveat that Pinchas was “in the camp” whereas we today are in exile; arguably, the “opposite part of the cycle.” As Mark also notes, it should perhaps be no surprise that the haftorah portion this week, from the story of Eliyahu (Elijah) the prophet, I Kings 18 into 19, is also a man who self-describes as “zealous for YHVH”. And there’s a whole lot to be learned from that comparison!

Pinchas – and how ‘zealous’ are WE today?”

“Balak”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes another two-part look at parsha “Balak” this week (Numbers 22:2 through 25:9).

Yes, this is the story that includes Balaam’s famous talking ass, and that certainly makes a humorous and enduring point, but it’s only a part of the entire lesson in this one.

During the Erev Shabbat overview teaching, Mark reviews the “whole story,” including elements that simply must be “spiritualized” to be understood.

SSM Balak 2017

 

The Sabbath teaching, however, is perhaps even more poignant and relevant than usual — as well as more “politically incorrect”. And THAT is because it hits directly on the very war that is still being waged on a people who no longer know what is “self-evident”, as opposed to what is really “whoring”.

Balak: Spiritual war, ‘Whoring’ vs prostitution, or dinner and a movie”

“Behar/Bechukotai”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes an in-depth look at the double portion Behar/Bechukotai, which rounds out the Book of Leviticus (Vayikra) – chapters 25 through the end.

And yet AGAIN, we find another segment in Scripture that we have probably been told is boring, obsolete, irrelevant, and – especially – “done away with,” and perhaps this time there is a bit of truth in that Big Lie.  We are NOT “in the land” any more (as we were warned, it turns out) and the ‘Jubilee’ doesn’t apply, regardless of what the words on the Liberty Bell once said.

During the Erev Shabbat overview teaching, Mark outline the ‘why’ of all that.

SSM Behar/Bechukotai 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week ties a whole LOT of things that we’re told “no longer matter” together, because evidently they really do after all!  Scripture warns about consequences that get seven times worse, and again seven times more, and continue, until, well, they look a look like what we see developing now.  But there’s “good news,” too.  We don’t have to go all the way there before turning around!

“We DON’T have to wait for the Reset!”

“Emor”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes an in-depth look at Torah portion, Emor, Leviticus chapters 21 through 24.

AND yet AGAIN, we find another segment in Scripture that we have probably been TOLD is boring, obsolete, irrelevant, and – especially – “done away with,” this time because the ‘priests’ or cohenim are held to a “higher standard” that doesn’t sound Politically-Correct, and, besides, we don’t have real priests any more anyway.

But we do seem to have plenty who “play one on TV,” and prove that maybe there’s another master being served besides.

SSM Emor 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week continues the theme that these last few portions make so clear. We are to discern the “clean” from the “unclean,” the set-apart (‘qadosh,’or holy) from the profane, and ultimately know that Torah really IS about “Life and Death.”
And that explains a whole HELL of a lot…

“Just Which Priests Are We Talking About Here?”

 

“Acharei Mot / Kedoshim”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

This week, Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa examines another double Torah portion, Acharei Mot and then Kedoshim, Leviticus chapters 16 through 20.

AND yet AGAIN, we find another segment in Scripture that we have probably been TOLD is boring, obsolete, irrelevant, and – especially – “done away with,” and again is focused explicitly on the difference between life and death.

This week the Erev Shabbat overview start with what happened “after the death” (‘acharie mot’) of the two sons of Aaron, from the story of the two goats of Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement (yes, it still matters!) to a lot of commandments that the modern world certainly ignores, and we can see both why, and what the consequences are:

SSM Acharei Mot / Kedoshim 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week again demonstrates that Torah really IS a matter of “Life and Death.” This time the “view from 10,000 feet” shows us why Mark contends this “double-portion” is literally a look right into why the world is in the shape it is:

 

“The Heart of Darkness”