Posts Tagged ‘two witnesses’

Parsha “Beha-alotecha”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a study of parsha “Beha-alotecha” (Bemidbar/Numbers chapters 8 through 12) and the related Scriptures that give us a bit more insight into the ‘cycles’ still being repeated.

In the Erev Shabbat review, the story begins with the instruction to Aaron via Moses concerning “when you light the lamps” of the menorah. That is followed by the cleansing, consecration, and even ‘waving’ of the Levites, who serve “in place of” the firstborn, what the silver trumpets are for, and a bit more of the story that has a WHOLE lot to say, both then and still, about human nature.

SSM “Beha-alotecha” 2019

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The Sabbath day message again explores the cycles of human history and Biblical prophecy. Mark-the-engineer begins by noting that cycles can be confusing, since they repeat, but unless we understand which PART of a cycle we are looking at, the pattern might only not be obvious, it might appear backward.

And from there he combines several of the continuing aspects of human nature evident in this week’s parsha, and a lot of things that we have HEARD, but which, out of context, we’ve also seen twisted…to the point where many of them have even been turned ‘upside down’.

“Beha-alotecha: Human Nature – the Opposite Half-Cycle – and Evil”

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Parsha “Miketz”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

Join Mark Call for a look at parsha, “Miketz,” (Genesis 44:1 through 44:17), which continues the story of Yosef (Joseph) from the time of Pharoah’s dreams through the first phase of what might be called the ‘testing’ of his brothers.

The Erev Shabbat review of the whole story, up to the ‘cliff-hanger’ —

SSM Miketz 2018

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The Sabbath Day teaching is again about only some of the major themes in the parsha — which should TRULY resonate today, along with both the haftorah (from I Kings 3, and the story of Solomon’s wisdom, via an innovative ‘test’), and some lessons from Romans chapter 10, IN CONTEXT, as opposed to what we may well have been TOLD it said.

And if the reference to a “zero cross” doesn’t make sense, take a lesson; hopefully it will.

Miketz: The ‘Zero-Cross’ and Trust but Verify

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Parsha “Beha’alotcha”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for this week’s teaching of “Beha’alotcha,” (Numbers chapters 8 through 12) — another one of those portions that seems to have a lot of disparate, maybe even only loosely-related, elements, from commandments about things that SOUND a bit repetitive, to history that ranges from obscure to fundamental.

The Erev Shabbat overview again looks at the entire parsha in order, and attempts to connect what might seem a bit disparate. And, as is mostly the case, there are some poignant lessons, and no shortage of controversy over what some of them might be.

SSM Beha’alotcha 2018

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The Sabbath Day teaching this week may involve even more ‘themes’ than usual. There’s the menorah, the silver trumpets, the substitution of the Levites for the first-born, and more than a little whining.

This time, though, Mark suggests there’s a connection in all of these elements, as well as not only the haftorah reading (from Zecharia chapters 3 and 4) and more than a bit of Revelation, that all connects, and ultimately speaks to us today more than perhaps any generation in a millenium. And it has to do with the central choice in all of Scripture — life or death, blessing or cursing.

“Beha’alotcha: Two Witnesses and the Zero Sum Game”

 

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