Posts Tagged ‘torah’

“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”

“Chukat”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes a two-part look at parsha “Chukat” (Numbers chapters 19 through 21). Among other things, the confusing “chuk” of the Red Heifer.

During the Erev Shabbat overview teaching, Mark reviews the “whole story,” including the dual themes that really DO form the whole backbone: Death, and why “Because I said so!” means exactly that.

SSM “Chukat” 2017

The Sabbath teaching centers on one of the most confusing, perplexing, and thus often just plain ignored, “chukat” or “statues” in the Book. Mark uses the occasion to “wax nerdy,” but perhaps that’s a good reason not to miss this one. And don’t let the title fool you, all the dots will connect!

“Super Symmetry, Convolution Integrals, the Red Heifer, and Other Stuff We Don’t Understand”

“Korach”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes a two-part look at parsha “Korach” (Numbers chapters 16 through 18)…and in particular, the issue of “rebellion”.

During the Erev Shabbat overview teaching, the story describes one of the most famous rebellions in history, that of Korach, and also Dathan and Abiram, and their 250 followers. And their ends, too. But there’s more, albeit still part of the same lesson.

SSM “Korach” 2017

The Sabbath day teaching will no doubt offend some who have what might be called a “subtle contempt for law”. His Instruction, anyway. But if we fail to recognize what happens when “lawlessness abounds” – well, look around…

Do we “tremble at His [s]Word”?

“Shalach Lekha”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes another two-part look at parsha “Shalach Lekha” (Numbers chapters 13 through 15).

During the Erev Shabbat overview teaching, we see the story of the ‘spies’, and their ‘evil report’, but that is only the beginning of the story and the lesson.

The bigger story has to do with obedience to His Instruction.  Will we allow a ‘majority vote’ to over-ride Him?  When it comes to a series of events that truly make the point about His commandments, and how important they REMAIN, this parsha is impossible to deny.

SSM “Shalach Lekha” 2017

The Sabbath day teaching looks at the lesson here that is SO clear if we do as the spies were TOLD to do — have “eyes to see,” and LOOK at the whole picture!

Let’s Crack the Code!

 

“Bemidbar”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa takes a two-part look at the first parsha in a new Book – Number, or “Bemidbar” in Hebrew.  (Num. 1:1 – 4:21)

Yes, there are a lot of ‘numbers’ (starting with a head count) but perhaps what happens “in the wilderness” really IS more important, in a number of ways.

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

SSM Bemidbar 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week is ultimately about the fact that it is impossible NOT to recognize the spiritual significance of being “in the wilderness”.  In the process, Mark examines a number of themes, from the lessons of the ‘head count’ and the order of encampment to what any of that has to do with the haftorah selection, in Hosea chapter 2.  If we can understand how a prophet, and then even his Creator, can love an unfaithful whore, maybe we can see how He can still love us, and plan for our return to Him.

“Bemidbar – Sound of Silence:  The Still Small Voice In the Wilderness”

“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”

 

 

“Tazria/Metzora”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

This week, Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa examines this week’s double Torah portion, <em>Tazria</em> and then <em>Metzora</em>, Leviticus chapters 12 through 15.

Have you ever noticed that the more we are told something in Scripture is boring, obsolete, irrelevant, and – especially – “done away with,” the more likely that it has to do with the very difference between life and death?

This week the Erev Shabbat overview concentrates primarily on introduction chapters having to do with an arguably “spiritual affliction” (“tzaraat” in the Hebrew, in spite of what the KJV says, there’s no real English equivalent!) that Mark suggests still has a lot to teach us, ESPECIALLY if we don’t think we see the symptoms any more.

SSM Tazria-Metzora 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week again seems to demonstrates that Torah really IS about Life and Death.   It starts with birth, and another now-politically-incorrect few commandments, followed by a lot of detail about a spiritual ‘plague’ so infectious that it contaminates not only people, but even their clothes and houses.

“Tazria/Metzora – Life and Death, Murder-by-Tongue, and other things we’re told aren’t Important Any More”

“Time for Some MEAT!”– Special Sabbath Teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for an two-part look at this week’s ‘special’ Torah portion, in-between “Shmini,” (Lev. 9-11) and the regular sequence for next week, but associated with what Mark calls the “third rail” of the ‘whore church’ — issues that simply CANNOT be discussed, especially since they are from Scripture, but not the “traditions of men” that turn it upside-down.

Part one from Erev Shabbat is the overview, and why this is so vital NOW, especially in light of world events that are literally of “Biblical proportions”.

Part 1:  “The THREE ‘Third-Rails’ of Pagan Doctrine that CANNOT be Touched”

The Sabbath Day teaching this week continues with the importance of discernment — between the “holy” and downright abominably “profane” — and in particular a question that much of that whore church asks – but has no real interest in hearing an answer to:

“Why is ‘the church’ not OPERATING in the power of Jesus Christ?!”

Part 2:  “Time for Some MEAT!”