Posts Tagged ‘zealotry’

“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’