Posts Tagged ‘Jeremiah 31’

Parsha “Balak”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a study of the unusual, but ultimately famous, parsha “Balak” (Bemidbar/Numbers 22:2 through 25:9), for a couple of reasons. Not only is it one of the few with no mention of Moses, but it does feature the Balaam’s famous ‘talking ass,’ and, of couse, more parallels to current events than are even at first obvious.

And the Erev Shabbat overview outlines another major point as well: this parsha is proof positive that Yahuwah not only has a great sense of humor, but of irony, too.

SSM “Balak” 2019

 

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The Sabbath day message is about those parts of the story that are much LESS famous, and less likely to be quoted as punchlines, than the donkey who saved Bilaam’s you-know-what, but no less vital to understanding the message, and the striking modern parallels.

From the context of the story – then and now – to the prophecies themselves, this story cannot be overlooked. There’s an ‘adversary’ working to block our path, too!

“Balak: Divine Humor – or – the Pagan King and the Televangelist Prophet for Profit”

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The permalink for the Hebrew Nation Page for parsha “Balak” is here.

 

Parsha “Pekudei”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a look at parsha “Pekudei” (Exodus 38:21 through the end of the Book) and more of the value, and vital importance, of ‘redundancy’.

This parsha begins with an ‘accounting’ of the elements, materials, and even workmanship that makes up the ‘mishkan’, or tabernacle.

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” there’s more to it — with an emphasis on obedience:

SSM “Pekudei” 2019

 

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Pekudei begins with an “accounting” (which even Mark, while inclined often to the ‘nerdy’ admits is not the most exciting subject in his opinion) but that’s where the real questions begin. Like “Why do we still study this?” (especially if as I Corinthians 3 suggests, “WE are the ‘temple of God'”).

More disturbingly (since we are also told to “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling”) we see quite a few things in Scripture which again make the point that there really still IS a reason why the pattern or ‘template’ of the mishkan matters. More than we’ve probably been told. Especially now.

“Pekudei: Why do we study this – and why is it Inside-Out?”

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

Special Shavuot teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Monday, June 5th, 2017

This is the special Shavuot (aka ‘pentecost’) teaching from Mark Call and Shabbat Shalom Mesa.
“Pentecost and Shavuot:
Two Houses, Two Stories, Two Blind Spots,
One Remedy, and One Truth”