Posts Tagged ‘slavery’

“B’shalach” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for this two-part look at the many lessons contained in one of the most famous stories in the Book, the “parting of the Red Sea” (OK, See of Reeds).

The Erev Shabbat complete story overview:

SSM B’shalach 2017

 

Are we “Goin’ out, or comin’ IN?” One thing is for sure, though, the ‘human condition’ hasn’t changed, and arguably YHVH will STILL have “war with Amalek,” throughout even our generations. And THAT is a key to where we are, too.

Stand still and See! — the human condition and cycles continue

 

“Re’eh” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Re’eh” (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17).

  • 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 again emphasizes what He does: Because you are obedient, these things will come to pass! But He again emphasizes that it is vital that we “shemar”, or “hear AND obey” His statutes, judgments, commandments, and instruction.

SSM Re-eh 2016

 

The Sabbath Day teaching – like the parsha – begins with the admonition: Behold! See! Check it out! Open your eyes! And that is every bit as important now as it has ever been.

It’s downright amazing to think that there are people who would deny just how deep the true idolatry in Amerika, and the whole Greater Babylon Metro Area, goes. But Big Brother is just another in a long historic train of false Big Fake Gods. And as the deception deepens, the CHOICE of Who we serve remains OURS.

Behold! The Choice!

“Shelach Lekha” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Beha’alotcha” (Numbers chapter 13 through 15).

  • 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 includes the story of another one of the most difficult incidents in the Torah, as well as the first recorded attempt at “democracy” in recorded history.  It is a tough lesson, but one that remains vital to our understanding today:

Shelach 2016

The Sabbath Day teaching combines elements from at least two disparate, but very much related, turning points in history:

the story of the ‘spies’ and the First Recorded Vote in history,

and the signing of the Declaration of Independence,

both of them arguably even more crucial today than ever:

“Why not believe Him?”

 

 

“B’har” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

This week’s Torah portion, “B’har,” is from Leviticus 25:1 to 26:2 and begins with the instruction, “WHEN you come into the land…”

There’s plenty of “food for thought,” right there.

So, first, that and more in the Erev Shabbat teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa.

Behar 2016

The main question that seems to come from those who would prefer all this “Old [testament]” stuff to be “done away with” anyway is, “What POSSIBLE relevance, then, does any of this parsha have to the Church of What’s Happenin’ NOW? More than most who ignore His Word can imagine, particularly when it comes to the destruction now in progress:

“Reset Buttons, Debt, and ‘Service’ vs ‘Slavery’ “

“Pesach – final day” – teaching from Mark Call at Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa from the mountains of southern Colorado a bit of ‘potpourri’ of Scriptures related to the week of Unleavened Bread, and what follows.

First, two looks at elements of the Passover Seder which perhaps don’t get as much attention as he suggests they should.

The Erev Shabbat teaching begins with current events and then the relevance of Exodus chapter 12:

Erev Shabbat pre-Pesach 2016

During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark focuses a bit more on things that tend to get overlooked in our “chametz-soaked” politically-correct world, and what we therefore should NOT forget:

“Father Knows Best”

The final days of Pesach Week 2016 begin on Erev Shabbat with another comparison of current events with prophecy, and a reading from Exodus 14:22 through the middle of chapter 16:

Final day Week of Unleavened Bread 2016

During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark first looks briefly at a “teaser” for the regular parsha (coming next) of “Achre Mot,” and the admonition of things we are NOT to do that they did in Egypt, and also in pagan Canaan – but Amerika now wallows in. Since the Passover is about “freedom from bondage” — in SO many ways! — and yet bondage and death is equally key to what “this world” seems intent on fomenting…

Freedom from Bondage – through the 8th Day 2016

 

“Ki Tavo” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Join Mark for Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy chapters 26 through 29:8).

Ki Tavo – blessings and cursings      (the complete Torah study from SSM Erev Shabbat)

 

And the more free-form, in-depth, and generally utterly NOT PC teaching from the Sabbath day:

Joy in Tribulation!
What does “bondage” really mean, anyway?

Parsha “Vayechi” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Join Mark Call for two teachings on this week’s Torah portion, “Vayechi.” (Genesis 47:28 to the end).

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, (Friday evening) Mark again covers the entire parsha — from the blessings over all the tribes of Israel through the eeaths of Jacob and then Joseph.

Shabbat Shalom Mesa – Parsha ‘Vayechi’ 2015

The longer teaching from Shabbat takes off from the framework of the parsha into “uncharted territory”, perhaps even a bit more than usual!

Yes – there’s a lot going on as the world enters a new secular year. And perhaps the world’s focus on “unity” — even in light of prophecies that (like Ezekiel’s ‘two sticks’) point in that direction — is NOT the right answer for us today.

Don’t miss this one:

Vayechi – and What’s Different About the NEXT Exodus?

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!

 

 

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?”

 

 

The Romans 13 Twisting

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

 

There is one particularly pernicious “twisting” of Scripture that probably tends to turn up in “Sunday Churchianity” more than any other. When Kefa (aka “Simon Peter”) wrote in the second letter that bears his name (II Peter 3:15-16) that “in the writings of our beloved brother” Shaul or Paul are many things that are “wrested” or “twisted…by the unlearned and untaught,” he may already have had a vision of what a paganized, co-opted church would do to Romans chapter 13 in just a millenium or two.

Here is the standard, “Authorized” English rendering of the “letter to the Romans”, verses 1 and 2. Unfortunately, there is so much historic and translation-bias “baggage” in the way that passage is rendered, AND TAUGHT, that the worst “twisting” Peter warned about has already happened:

 

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

For this reason, the Modern, Politically-Correct, 501c(3) State-Church Approved, Officially-Authorized Version of that verse (arguably it’s about the ONLY verse that still even HAS Washington’s Stamp of Approval) pretty much boils down to, “when Big Brother says ‘JUMP’, you must say, ‘How high, master?’ “.

The trouble is, that popular “teaching” – that to obey the State is to obey God – is just plain WRONG, and antithetical to the message of the rest of Scripture. Especially when the state tries to pretend that it IS “god”, or “another master,” imbued with the power to overwrite not only His Written Word, but its own “supreme law” by imperial edict anyway.

Why? Isn’t that a bit of hyperbole? At least, unless the State tries to require people to commit acts that directly violate Scripture.

You mean – like murder? Theft? Dishonest weights and measures? Subsidizing what He calls “abomination,” and calling it ‘licensed marriage’? Leaving aside the obvious objections, like just “in Whose Name” do we claim to be working, anyway? And, Who do we truly serve? Caesar, or YHVH? There’s a big difference between walking in obedience to the REAL King, Creator, and Elohim of Scripture, and those false self-proclaimed “gods” who would like to take His place. While YHVH may allow bad kings, conquerors like a Nebuchadnezzar, or even a “Beast” government to chasten those who walk in rebellion to Him, it is always clear that His “remnant” must have discernment.

Paul ALSO said, and it was in that very same letter to the Romans (v 6:16), well before those troublesome Most Twisted Verses, to be very careful just WHO you “submit yourself” as a servant to obey. For, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

It would seem that, just as Scripture emphasizes consistently throughout, that we have a CHOICE about Whom we obey, Whom we worship, Whom we serve. Paul is hardly contradicting himself, or his heavenly Master. Note that in the well-known “spiritual battle” line from the same author’s letter to the Ephesians, Shaul uses the same word to describe those we fight, or wrestle, AGAINST:

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powersG1849 against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Furthermore, remember that several apostles were among those who were arrested and jailed for FAILING to obey those “higher powers” that were “ordained of God.” Something is wrong with the claim here. Check out the story in Acts chapter 5. Following their arrest for “resisting the power,” rather than, “receiv[ing] to themselves damnation,” they were freed by an “angel of the Lord.” When confronted directly for their very un-Romans-13-like behavior, “Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”

And Scripture is replete with other examples of men – and women – of God who did not submit to some “higher power,” whether in the form of a state, or its priests. Particularly a pagan state that saw itself as ‘god’. The Hebrew midwives in Egypt, commanded by Pharoah to kill male babies, “feared God,” disobeyed the king, and, “therefore God dealt well with them.” They were even rewarded with “households.” Young David did not allow King Saul to do to him what that “higher power,” unquestionably ordained by the Almighty, would have wanted to do to him, either. Indeed, the litany of kings who “did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD” alone should prove that the “Clergy Response Team” twisting of Romans 13 sounds more like something they would have written than YHVH Himself.

The context, consistency, and totality of Scripture reveal the lie. But there’s another way to debunk the Caesar-Approved Spin on Romans 13. Just look even briefly at the language. Even in the Greek rendering of the original letter, the key word in the verses is “exousia”, repeated several times. The primary Strong’s definition (Number G1849) says it means “power of choice,” or “liberty” of “doing as one pleases.” Other verses use the word to indicate “authority,” but the context makes clear that such authority can be used either for good, in the service of YHVH, or for evil, as in the “power of darkness.”

In I Cor. 8:9, the same word ‘exousia’ is rendered this way:

But take heed lest by any means this liberty G1849 of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.

Like all power, authority, and liberty – there is a way to use that “exousia” in accord with the Word, in accord with the will of YHVH, and another way which is in opposition to Him. To “rightly divide the Word,” includes understanding that proper context!

Let’s try it THIS way, and see if the apparent meaning changes any:

Let every soul be subject unto the higher liberties. For there is no liberty but of God: the liberties that be are ordained of God.

Whosoever therefore resisteth the liberty, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

It certainly seems to put a whole different spin on the text, doesn’t it?

Whether the text is talking about “power” OR “liberty” – the key point remains. Whether for good, or for evil, it’s all about Who we serve.