Posts Tagged ‘Vayakhel’

Parsha “Vayakhel”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a look at parsha “Vayakhel” (Exodus 35:1 – 38:20) and some of the beauty, and vital importance, of ‘redundancy’.

This parsha begins Moses “assembling” the entire congregation of the ‘sons of Israel’ to hear something, that at least in part, they’ve heard before. And therein lies much of the story!

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” (and yet, there really is “no idle word in Scripture”) — and that’s kinda the whole point. At least, if we are “wise-hearted,” “willing hearted,” and have hearts that are stirred up when they need to be.

SSM “Vayakhel” 2019

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During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark goes in a “whole ‘nuther direction”, based on the idea that while cycles in history and prophecy repeat, SOMETIMES we are on the ‘opposite half cycle.’ Like today.

Vayakhel is about Moshe “assembling” the people of Israel together, so that those who were “wise-hearted, willing-hearted
and those whose hearts stirred them up to create a place where YHVH would dwell among them were able to come together to create set-apart, “holy” works of beauty and literally ‘return to Him’ after the failure of the ‘golden calf’.

Today, in a polar opposite contrast, hard-hearted people who literally HATE the God of the Bible come together to destroy His house and all that is beautiful in His creation. And there’s a lesson there, too, in several ways.

“Vayakhel: and the Opposite Half of the Cycle!”

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

“Vayakhel/Pekudei”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a discussion of the two-part ‘Double Parsha’ that wraps up the Book of Exodus. “Vayakhel, then Pekudei,” Exodus chapter 34 through the end of the Book).

What does a wise heart have to do with what much of xtianity calls a really boring part of Scripture that’s been “done away with” anyway? The answer goes to the very heart of what is wrong with a ‘church’ that denies His Word, yet claims He dwell in hard hearts that have no place for Him.

The Erev Shabbat overview of what exactly it is that the last part of Exodus describes being made, and why, introduces some perhaps uncomfortable parallels.

SSM Vayakhel/Pekudei 2018

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And the in-depth look at OPPOSITES on the Sabbath explores why that may be.

These teachings are available live each week via Paltalk, in the “Walking Torah with Shabbat Shalom Mesa” room (interactively, via www.paltalk.com) and also simulcast at
http://cp3.shoutcheap.com:2199/start/lindcall/

And in that respect, the Sabbath Day teaching this week is a literal OPPOSITE of the Erev Shabbat overview; sometimes, at the OPPOSITE part of the historical cycle, things are just plain inverted, or upside-down. And that describes the world today.


“Vayakhel/Pekudei: Making a place for YHVH – or the current opposite – eliminating ANY place for Him!”

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“Vayakhel”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for an two-part look at this week’s Torah portion (parsha “Vayakhel”, Exodus chapters 35 through 40) which FOLLOWS the rebellion of the ‘golden calf’ with ANOTHER repetition of the details of building the ‘mishkan’, or tabernacle. What’s THAT about?

As usual, the Erev Shabbat summary tells the story in detail, along with some key points, like the fact that these repeated descriptions literally BRACKET the golden calf story.

SSM Vayakhel 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week again “pulls no punches” — again with reference to the Big Lies today, including much of churchianity. But even though the details of building the tabernacle in the wilderness might not SEEM to have much to teach us today, the opposite is – as so often turns out to be – TRUE.

“Whoever has a willing heart, let him ASK for…
…wisdom, discernment, Truth, and more…”