Parsha “Shalach Lecha” (Numbers ch 13-15) teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week’s parsha from the annual Torah cycle schedule is almost certainly one of the most tragic, and critical, stories in all of Scripture. The ‘ten spies,’ the ‘first recorded vote in history,’ and the turning point that cost an entire generation their entry into the Promised Land, and everyone else another 40 years in the wilderness.

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at parsha ‘Shalach Lecha’ (Numbers chapters 13 through 15).

The Erev Shabbat reading and outline of the parsha begins with those words, “send out men,” shalach lecha, to, well, actually, TOUR the land. Infamously, they bring back an “evil report,” and convince literally ‘kol ha edah’ — all the congregation of Israel, to turn back into slavery, rather than trust in Yahuah. As you ought to suspect, there’s more to the story:

The Sabbath Day teaching is about the MESSAGE in the story of the ‘spies.’ But, actually, they weren’t really “spies” at all. Or weren’t supposed to be. Mark suggests they either didn’t know, or didn’t care, what they were actually sent out to do.

And that’s where the tragic lesson only begins. And – one more time – has never, EVER been more important or relevant than “such a time as this” – perhaps the most important turning point in human history, or “Biblical proportions” even!

We’ve all heard “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” What this story, and the multiple commandments and “statutes” that surround it, makes clear is that it is, however, CONSISTENT — or supposed to be. One “law”, one instruction, even one set of STATUTES, for “you, and the soujourner who dwells among you.” Certainly not – one set of rules for you peons, and another entirely for those who make the rules, and %$W$@$! with what that God of the Bible might have to say.

But that’s what we have. But that’s not the only lie revealed in this parsha, and in the “times and seasons” we see today.

It turns out that “ignorance of the law” may, in fact, be an excuse. But – ONLY once!

Don’t miss the lesson here. Because it all connects, all fits, and has never been more important to understand. We MUST know “what is really going on?”

“Spying” wasn’t the mission. But EVERY single adult who listened, and participated in their literal rebellion to Yah, ended up dying ‘bemidbar’ – there in the wilderness.

“Shalach Lecha: Rebellion, Witchcraft, and Why a Simple Blue Thread Matters”

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

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Mark Call -Parsha “Beha-alotkha” (Numbers 8:1-12:16) teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at parsha Beha-alotkha (Numbers 8:1 through all of chapter 12).

The Erev Shabbat reading and outline of the parsha from Erev Shabbat begins with ‘when you light the lamps’ of the menora, and then the silver trumpets, and how the camp of multiple millions — when He moves them on — is to head up, by their tribes, and move out. But it’s the latter part of the portion that contains SO much drama, and again, so much that really should resonate with us today.

In the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark basically begins there, but essentially with a break at the end of chapter ten — set off by one of the most famous sets of “jots and tiddles” in the Hebrew Torah, the “inverted nuns,” that has even been called the “Book Never Written.” But the words, and the implications, resonate literally millenia later!

Human nature certainly hasn’t changed. And neither, arguably, has our frustration with those who seem to choose death, rather than life. We can understand the frustration that drove Moses to almost the breaking point with a people who simply seem to be unteachable.

But, as we stand on the brink of what is probably the most deadly, most treacherous, most exciting, and perhaps even most important in all of human history, there is a tremendous message of HOPE here as well!

“Beha-alotkha: You Want MEAT? I’ll GIVE you meat! – or – Human Nature and Hope”

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

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Parsha “Naso” (Numbers 4:21 thru ch 7) teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at parsha Naso (Numbers 4:21 through all of chapter 7 – the longest in the Torah).

The Erev Shabbat reading and outline of the parsha begins where the ‘numbers’ in the previous portion left off, with the clan of Gershon, among the Levites, and follows with the others that complete that set. But that is just the beginning. This parsha includes THE single commanded procedure in the whole Book which REQUIRES a ‘miracle’ for its completion, and then concludes with what is almost without question THE most ‘repetitive’ (literally, word for word in major sequences) description in the entire Bible. Which leads to the really important question: Why?

The Sabbath Day teaching literally begins where the reading leaves off. The level of redundancy in the longest chapter in the Torah certainly tells us that there is SOMETHING important in that message, and probably more than one element of it. Mark suggests that it’s clear there is literal, detailed CONFORMITY in that each of the twelve gifts on those successive days is apparently identical, yet offered by unique individuals who are not only each a leader of his tribe, but acting in unison for a reason. That Scripture records both that, each and every time, and their names, tells us just home important that is.

Working back through the parsha, there is another message here that connects not only the most significant events in the Bible, and thus all of history, but prophecy as well.

Not surprisingly, some of these are elements ‘overlooked by most of xtianity,’ for the reason that they are anything but “done away with.”

“Naso: From Levites and Nazerites to ‘Voluntary Conformity'”

The combined two-part podcast is here:

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Parsha “Bemidbar” (Numbers 1:1-4:20) teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week the annual Torah portion cycle begins the fourth Book in the set, Numbers in the English, or Bemidbar (‘In the wilderness’) in Hebrew.

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at the parsha (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20) which gives the Book an appropriate name in BOTH languages.

The Erev Shabbat reading and outline of the parsha not only explains why, but ‘who’, and ‘how many’. But the key to understanding is to know those are just elements of the real lesson.

During the Sabbath day teaching this week, Mark goes into more depth on why “lift up the head” of EACH individual, each with a name, is such a better translation of the original Hebrew than any of the words He could have used instead that merely mean “count”. But it’s the connection with the haftorah reading, from Hosea chapter 2, and why that is such an excellent choice to be paired with “In the wilderness,” that should be of such great comfort to us today.

And it’s also a wonderful prophecy of what we should look forward to – as we return to being His people.

“Bemidbar: Numbers matter, but there’s much more to His love”

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

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Parsha “Bechukotai” (Lev. ch 26:2-End) teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at Torah parsha “Bechukotai,” (Leviticus 26:2 through the end of the) and one of the two most dramatic sets of curses described in the entire Torah.

The Erev Shabbat reading and outline of the parsha includes those specifics, and is also an introduction of the Sabbath Day session`which again explores the question of ‘why?’ – and why NOW.

During the Sabbath day teaching this week, the theme builds on ‘what is the point of prophecy?’ with
what, then, is the point of ‘curses.’ And why are these SO graphic?

No doubt about it, they describe AmeriKa-with-a-K today, and what is deserved. But what is far more interesting should be what they, and the admonitions and promises from related Scripture, teach us as those curses unfold.

“Bechukotai: Why CURSES Now?”

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

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Parsha “Behar” (Lev. 25:1-26:2) teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at Torah parsha “Behar,” (Leviticus 25:1 through 26:2) and some instruction “from har Sinai” – or Mt. Sinai – that is explicitly said to refer to WHEN you ‘enter the land.’

It’s also ABOUT the land, and that includes a sabbath year of rest for the land itself.

The Erev Shabbat reading and outline of the parsha includes the specifics as usual, but also a bit of explanation about that perhaps unusual difference in both the introduction, and the application. We understand by now that the claim that the “old testament” has been “done away with” is one of the Biggest Lies in human history — but what about this? Since we can’t do it anyway – does it still matter:

During the Sabbath day teaching this week, Mark again asks a question that might not seem to fit, but hopefully helps answer the one above: What is the POINT of ‘prophecy’?

The central message of this Torah portion has to do with trust. Do we trust in Him? Or in a world, and now, sadly, a nation, that detest Him, His Word, and no longer “proclaims liberty throughout the land.”

“Behar: What is the Point of Prophecy?”

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

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Parsha “Emor” (Lev. ch 21-24) teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at Torah parsha is “Emor,” (Leviticus chapters 21 through 24) and, THIS week, what it means for the ‘cohenim’ or priesthood, to “be holy” — no, “set apart”, or qadosh — because He is. And it is, indeed, a higher standard.

The Erev Shabbat reading and outline of the parsha includes the specifics, from what they are to seek for wives to what NOT to do. And this portion includes a well-known description of HIS ‘appointed times’ (i.e., the REAL Holy Days) – and again makes clear that they are ‘forever’:

During the Sabbath day teaching this week, Mark asks a different question from the usual. Since His genuine priests are to be ‘set apart’ to Him, what does that say about a world where literally every aspect of His Word on that score is held in derision by most OF the world?

Doesn’t it seem ever more clear that there really IS a ‘priesthood’ of death that is not just set apart from any and everything associated with the Creator of the Universe, but that handles the Adversary’s very different — but obvious now! — sacraments?

And we had better be set apart from that. Especially if we understand what the Messiah has for us.

“Emor: Holy or Explicitly UN-holy Priesthoods – a Study in Contrasts”

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

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Parsha “Kedoshim” (Lev. ch 19-20) teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at Torah parsha is “Kedoshim,” (Leviticus chapters 19 through 20) and what it means that we should “be holy” — no, “set apart”, or qadosh — because He is.

And, conversely, why it means when a whole society has become “unholy”. Or, arguably, just set apart to a very different, far more Evil, ‘master’.

The Erev Shabbat reading and outline of the parsha includes the specifics, including some of the most famous (and, as the Messiah points out, at least SECOND most important) in Scripture:

The Sabbath day teaching begins exactly where the Torah portion ends, and current events show to be imperative: Be ‘set apart’ from WHAT?

And why would He AGAIN connect all of that with child sacrifice, and this time around, not only prohibited sexual practices, but outline penaties for them – including death?

And how can we – at the same time even? – rebuke our neighbor, “love” our neighbor, and not “stand idly by” his blood? There is certainly more to this parsha than we’ve been taught.

But most importantly, ‘for such a time as this,’ Mark suggests, is the Truth that is being revealed to those with eyes to see: The Evil that has been unleashed has also be Unmasked.

And we had better be set apart from it.

“Kedoshim: a World of Literally Satanic Evil – and What to be Set Apart FROM”

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

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Parsha “Acharei Mot” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week the regular annual Torah parsha is “Acharei Mot,” from Leviticus chapters 16 through 18, and it begins “after the death” of Aaron’s two sons.

So MUCH of it is, in fact, literally about life and death.

The Erev Shabbat reading and outline of the parsha describes the three major, but very much related, components, from the procedure followed by the High Priest, Kohen Gadol, at the time of Yom Kippur, and including the “two goats,” to the vital understanding the “the life is in the blood,” to what MIGHT seem ‘out-of-place,’ but ultimately isn’t – the commandments concerning prohibited sexual relationships and practices:

The Sabbath day teaching connects the theme of “after the death…” and the process associated with “atonement” to the truth that “life is in the blood.”

And why would He connect all of that with child sacrifice, and even prohibited sexual practices?

Perhaps the answer comes from the news, every single day.

Still, He says, “I take no pleasure in the death of the unrighteous”. (Ezekiel 18:32 AND 33:11)

“Acharei Mot: Questions of Life and Death”

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

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Pesach/Passover teaching (final day) from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week marks the final Sabbath and ultimately 7th day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, as well as the beginning of the ‘counting of the Omer’ and the fifty days leading to Shavout (aka ‘pentecost’).

In Luke’s account of the ‘Last Supper’ and Yahushua’s final Passover meal, the admonition to “do this remembering Me,” features prominently. Mark suggests that applies to more than just the breaking of the matzah and the sharing of the wine. And during the Erev Shabbat reading and teaching, and perhaps even more during THIS season than ever, that includes taking a detailed look at His very first recorded “public address”, in the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ (Matthew chapters 5 through 7).

During the Sabbath day teaching, given the confluence of “Holy Days” and pagan substitutes, it’s again important to take a closer look at what Scripture really says, as opposed to what men say He should have said. And it all helps to answer the questions about “why” that matter so much today.

“Why is there no POWER in ‘the Church’?”
“Why is it that faith doesn’t actually seem to ‘move mountains’?”
and “Why does so much that is so wrong just plain get ignored by those who should care most?”

What’s wrong with our ‘faith’?

“Passover Midrash: Unbelief – ANTI-Belief – and Power”

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

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