Parsha “Tetzaveh” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look this week at Torah parsha, Tetzaveh, (Exodus 27:20-30:10) which, among other things, describes in some detail the special clothing to be made and worn by the cohenim, or priests, when they serve the people and YHVH in the mishkan.

Again, the Bible gives us an amazing amount of detail. And explains that these garments are to be “for spendor and for beauty.” Why? And why is it important now, especially?

The Erev Shabbat reading:

How important are clothes, really? Do we place to much emphasis on “looking the part?” This section of Scripture certainly indicates that when it comes to the cohenim who serve Him in the ‘set apart place,’ the answer is ‘very‘.

But, this year in particular, given the events that are building to what looks like a ‘Biblical-level climax’ of almost unbelievable Evil…there is something else to observe.

The Sabbath day midrash is thus all about ‘contrast’ —

Tetzaveh: Splendor and Beauty? Or – for Squalor and Ugly…”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

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Parsha “Terumah” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

From the story of the “Exodus” itself, this week’s Torah parsha, Terumah, (Exodus 25:1-27:19) takes a bit of a turn, and embarks on a description of the building and furnishing of the mishkan, or ‘tabernacle in the wilderness.’

But what is most noteworthy, perhaps even confusing, is the level of detail. Why? And why is it important now, especially?

If nothing else, it tends to inspire people to try to ‘spriitualize’ the description. But that might just be a bit of a ‘cop-out,’ because there seems to be much more.

The Erev Shabbat reading:

In the Sabbath day midrash, Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship explores what that might be.

And it seems to bear directly, and in direct contrast, to what we see happening so universally today.

Terumah: Spiritualizing the Mishkan – To Destroy, or to Build”

The combined two-part teaching is here:

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Parsha “Mishpatim” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week’s Torah portion is perhaps one of the most appropriately-named in the Torah; parsha Mishpatim (Exodus chapters 21 through 24) contains a major helping of the ‘mishpatim’ or ordinances/judgments, even ‘rules,’ in the Book.

The Erev Shabbat reading outlines those judgments and ordinances, and sets the stage for the observations that follow:

The fact that so much of this parsha is now considered “NOT-PC” by so much of the world, speaks volumes. But the fact that so much is also outright “hypocrisy-exposing” says even more!

Mishpatim: From ‘Bondservice’ to Demonocracy, and Back to Bondage”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Shabbat Shalom Mesa.

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Parsha “Yitro” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week’s Torah parsha from the annual cycle is Yitro (Exodus 18:1 – 20:23) and begins with the name of Moses’s father-in-law, but it ends with one of the most important ‘recitations’ in all of Scripture, the ‘download’ of the Ten Debarimm (Words/Commandments/Sayings) on Mount Sinai.

The Erev Shabbat reading, from Yitro (aka Jethro) to ‘delegation of authority,’ to Sinai :

Yitro is described as “a priest of Midian,” in other words, a pagan, a worshiper of ‘other gods’ or elohim. Yet he is ‘teachable.’ He hears from Moshe the story of what YHVH did to SHOW that He Was Who He Is, and then said, “Now I KNOW that YHVH IS…” greater than all thosse ‘gods.’

So the contrast with what follows thereafter at Mt. Sinai is all the more dramatic. The people not only HEARD the Words of Yahuah Himself, they literally “saw” the message! And as Mark suggests, one way to understand it in modern terms is a miraculously high “data bandwidth” download, that evidently gave many of them information overload.

Which sets up the main thrust of the midrash related to the “Ten Commandments.” They are clearly important, vitally so. So why does so much of the Whore Church, which sometimes proclaims them as fundamental, then turn around and twist, redefine, and even ignore some of them?

In a time where there is so clearly a financial, emotional, psychological, and now physical WAR in progress against those who seek to “know Him,” and be “called by His Name,” to the point where we must recognize, as Shaul/Paul certainly did that is a spiritual battle above all…
…we need to be able to discern Who those who claim to be our allies really serve.

Yitro: Which of ‘Ten’ Commandments May Still Apply, and Pernicious Doctrine”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

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Parsha “B’shalach” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at the parsha from the Book of Exodus, B’shalach (Ex. 13:17 through chapter 17), that includes perhaps the most famous miracle in Scripture, the ‘parting of the Red Sea’ (or, arguably, Sea of Reeds.)

The Erev Shabbat reading includes far more than just a major miracle:

Which is exactly where the Sabbath day midrash begins.

Those who saw one of the greatest miracles in history still managed to miss most of the story.

And the repeated prophecies and parallels in Scripture suggest that we may see the rhyme. And this time, we have a major advantage: we have the Written Word, and may be able to avoid some of the pitfalls so many then failed to.

“B’shalach: Pharaoh, Big Brother, and the Real Master of War”

The combined two-part teaching is here:

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Parsha “Bo” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at the second parsha in the Book of Exodus, Bo(Ex. 10:1 – 13:16), and the final set of plagues, and, perhaps most importantly, for the outline of His Instruction for how we are to remember, and teach, and understand what He did then, and what would follow.

First, the Erev Shabbat reading and ‘telling’:

This is, of course, the telling of the first Pesach, or ‘Passover,’ but it is also the template for so much of what will follow. And it is why, no less than three times in this parsha alone, YHVH tells us to observe and memorialize it “throughout your generations,” by a statute (‘chuk’) “forever.”

We certainly understand that Pesach is (and was) a ‘shadow picture’ of what later transpired again, as promised – even if much of xtianity seems unwilling to correctly count to three. Much of that ‘telling’ evidently fell short.

But there is a larger understanding necessary here. What of ‘tradition,’ and ritual, and dogma, is consistent with Scripture, and what is simply NOT? How important is it really that we do what He so clearly said?

“Bo: The Telling – and Do This Remembering Me”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

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Parsha “Vayeira” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at the second parsha in the Book of Exodus, Vayeira (Ex. 6:2 – 9:35), where we begin to see what YHVH means by His repeatd demonstration that “Ani YHVH”. This part of the story includes the first of the ‘Ten Plagues,’ and certainly makes clear that He is Keeper of His Covenant.

The Erev Shabbat reading includes what Mark argues is the exposition of the single most important point in the story, that, while His Name, YHVH, IS in fact, Written in the Book of Genesis, “by My Name YHVH,” He says, “I did not make Myself KNOWN to them.”

So what does that mean?

Which is exactly what the Sabbath day midrash explores. And it is one of the most fundamental understandings in Scripture, and in history. And certainly in prophecy. Because He says so.

“Vayeira: Why is His Name SO Important?”

And when it comes to prophecy, and where we are, and what is to come, recognize that “I AM” is more inclusive than we may realize. Consider the implications of, “I WILL BE What I AM!”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

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Parsha “Shemot” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

The annual Torah cycle reading for this week is parsha “Shemot,” and it begins the Book of the same name, or Exodus in English (Ex. 1:1-6:1)

The Erev Shabbat reading sets the stage for the story to follow, which is not only the rest of the ‘Torah’ itself, of the ‘Five Books of Moses,’ but also the Foundation for the entire remainder of Scripture.

The Sabbath day midrash has the same theme as the introduction to ‘the Exodus’ does:
Setting the stage – for ALL that follows.

And while the haftorah reading for this week, from Isaiah chapters 27 through 28, may seem a surprising choice, since it seems to deal with the “End of Days,” the connections really help clarify why the stage has also been set for us.


“Shemot: Setting the Stage “

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

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Parsha “Vayechi” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

The reading of the Book of Bereshiet or Genesis comes to an end with parsha “Vayechi” (Gen. 47:28 through the end) as do the lives of first Yakov, and then Yosef.

“And lived Yakov,” the parsha begins, 17 years in the land of Egypt after he brought his family to be there with Joseph. But most of the story is about blessings, and prophecy.

The Erev Shabbat reading tells that story:

The blessing, and essentially adoption, of Yosef’s two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, and the details, and ordering of them, is key to understanding the thousands of years of history that follows.

But the blessing of that other twelve sons, and tribes, that follows is also prophetic, and yet also, at least in places, more enigmatic.

So the Sabbath day midrash this week is a bit more ‘speculative’ this week than usual, both because of the prophetic nature of much of the subject matter, and the “times and the seasons” today.


“Vayechi: Cycles Prophecy Smoke Deception – and Dot-Connection”/strong>

There is much “food for thought” on the table at this point. As always, Mark welcomes comments, questions, and feedback: mark@markniwot.com

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

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Parsha “Vayigash” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week we see the conclusion to the ‘cliff-hanger’ story of Miketz, where Yosef has tested his brothers, and they stand before him accused, and evidently guilty, of theft.

And this week, as Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship likes to put it, Judah ‘draws near’ (Vayigash, Genesis 44:18 through 47:27) and “mans up.” And, perhaps to put it mildly, that surprises his brother Yosef. And certainly changes history. Or, more to the point, puts it on the track Yah evidently intended all along.

The Erev Shabbat reading tells the story, and IS the central teaching for our instruction and blessing.

The Sabbath day midrash this week, connected largely to the haftorah reading from Ezekiel chapter 37, and for reasons that may, at first, not seem obvious, will no doubt “offend many.”

Indeed, that was what Yahushua told us He would do. And so will we, when we “walk in obedience” to Him, and “for His Name’s sake.”

Which is why this teaching includes not only an “adult content,” warning, but more. After all, even the phrase “man up” will offend many in a world where the very concept of patriarchy, or “men being men,” and not espousing the proper PC BS, already “offends many.” How much more so, then, His Truth – as actually Written?

The Sabbath day midrash begins with the observation that there are SO many aspects of this story that are prophetic, from Judah honoring his word to his father [Father] to the promised ‘great deliverance’ (past, long past, their present, and our future) to the “ruach of Yakov” being revived…into Israel.

But why is the haftorah portion that goes with this story from Ezekiel 37, and the “two sticks?”

It is certainly obvious that this is another of those prophecies that has NOT yet been fulfilled. Just as both of the “two whoring wives,” Aholah and Aholibah, and their descendants, the Whore Church and the Whore Synagogue, are both still scattered, still in exile…they are not even remotely “echad.”

And, if that terminology is “offensive” to some (we have, after all, been warned) then how much more so that both of those adulterous bodies still call the Son of Yah, the Torah Made Flesh, and the Messiah Himself, a “liar”?

Mark suggests that a good part of that answer, and more, lies in warnings like Hosea 5:15. They aren’t even about ready to “acknowledge their offense,” against Him.

“Vayigash: Lost Sheep, but Still Two Sticks – the Whore Church and Whore Synagogue

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

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