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“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?”

“Pinchas” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Pinchas” (Numbers chapter 25 through 29).

Note: These are available every Shabbat during the on-line services at 6:30 PM Mountain Time, and the Sabbath Day teaching broadcast live via links in both Paltalk and Shoutcheap.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching this week begins with what is arguably one of the most “problematic” stories in Scripture, of the ‘zealot’ Pinchas (Phineas) — who without hesitation kills two people “in the act” — and simultaneously stays a plague that had already killed 24,000 people. How does what follows fit in?

SSM Pinchas 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching explores the real issue of “zealotry”. Clearly such actions are perilous. When does it “cross the line”?

“Jealous? Or ‘zealous’? Listening to the ‘still small voice’

“Balak” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Balak” (Numbers 22:2 through 25:9).

  • Note: These are available every Shabbat during the on-line services at 6:30 PM Mountain Time, and the Sabbath Day teaching broadcast live via links in both Paltalk and Shoutcheap.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching this week is unique among the stories in the Torah for several reasons, including the fact that it focuses not on Moses, Aaron, and the ‘children of Israel,’ but two pagan characters, Balak and Balaam. But their connections to “kol Israel ” then and ‘Scattered Israel’ NOW are too important to overlook.

SSM Balak 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching starts where the story seems to leave off. There are truly “tough choices” ahead, and the pitfalls associated with “Baal Peor” haven’t changed much, either.

“Balak? Or Barak?

 

Zealot vs Zealot

Monday, July 14th, 2014

 

Torah portion “Pinchas” (Numbers 25-29)

 

Join Mark Call for two related, but different looks at this week’s Torah portion, Pinchas, from Numbers chapters 25 through 29.

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

SSM 11 July, 2014

The longer teaching from Shabbat concentrates on specifics from the parsha in more detail.  In particular, this teaching about what is really “Zealot vs zealot” has a lot to say to us today about leadership, ‘fanatacism,’ and even some things that may hit pretty close to home today.

 TT CooH Pinchas 12 July, 2014

It’s a “difficult” portion, but well worth a bit of deeper study!