Parsha “Tazria” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Here’s another one of those paraschot that just seems to be SO “old testament,” and that has perhpas even been used as a poster child for “done away with.” After all, it’s a ‘disease’ that hasn’t been seen for centuries, except in a few Bible movies, and isn’t really “leprosy” at all, anyway. So who cares?

Which is why Mark suggests we ought to!

Parsha “Tazria” (Leviticus chapters 12 through 13) also at least has something to do with the ‘eighth day,’ when an infant male child is to be circumcised. But it also comes from a section that is ‘politically incorrect,’ in a world that so hates His Word, and then introduces a concept that might be even more “out of favor.”

The Erev Shabbat reading lays out all the sordid details:

The sages suggest that a person being overcome by the malady of ‘tzaraat’ and exiled outside of the camp was a sort of testimony that Elohim Himself was publicly pointing out that individual’s wrongdoing.

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship has suggested in the past that perhaps the “NOT-leprosy” that is described in Scripture, but has not actually been SEEN in centuries might in some ways thus be a type of ‘blessing’ for His people, in that the ‘evil tongue’ might be revealed for what it is, while repentance is still possible.

Such detail about a ‘plague’ that probably hasn’t been seen anywhere on the planet for over a thousand years. And if the ‘evil tongue’ of lashon hora is the proximate cause – you have to wonder why it isn’t more common in today’s world of “calling evil good,” and vice-versa, than ever.

So why no more? And why not – especially – in a time when truly reprobate “leaders” give a whole new understanding to the term “evil tongue,” or lashon hora.. don’t we “unclean, unclean” as bumper music for every fake newscast?

Tazria: Why? They Have NO Shame!”

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

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Parsha “Shmini” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha “Shmini” (Leviticus chapters 9 through 11) appears to be an unusual combination. It begins on the ‘eighth day,’ with the climax of the consecration of the priests, Aaron and his sons, and only appears to end when “there came forth fire from before YHVH.”

Those same words frame the tragedy of the death of his sons Nadab and Abihu when they offer “strange fire,” which – clearly most importantly – He did NOT command.

Why, then, does He talk about food next?

The Erev Shabbat reading sets the stage:

And the confluence of those events set up the questions. What does ‘strange fire’ even mean? And why did it merit sudden death?

Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship suggests that the story of Ezekiel chapters 8 and 9 offers some insight: What was it they “knew, or SHOULD have known?”

It is true that, “to whom much is given, much is expected.” And in Ezekiel 9:6, YHVH does tell the destroying angel to “begin at My sanctuary.”

But, wait – we don’t have a temple, or even a mishkan, any more. No priests, either, to hold to a higher standard. And any issues about “ritual purity” and food don’t fit any more, either.

Maybe that’s another indicator. Especially now.

With the ‘next bioweapon release’ seemingly at-hand, not to mention the biggest economic meltdown in history, and an attempted nuclear escalation of mention WW 3, doesn’t it seem far less insane to trust YHVH rather leaders who have demonstrated a desire to serve Death?

And since there are things on the horizon that we cannot control, doesn’t it make sense to obey Him as best we can in the things we can?

Shmini: Knew, or Should Have Known”

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Parsha “Tzav” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha “Tzav” (Leviticus chapters 6 through 8) begins with the word ‘command,’ but this time specifically Aaron and his sons, having to do with some more detail of the offerings that they are going to make.

And, again, there is something for us to learn here, too, but it starts with a realization, and an understanding: Not only does the ‘mishkan,’ or tabernacle there in the wilderness no longer exist, and neither do either of the two later temples, but today, there no ‘kohenim’ to make those offerings, either.

The Erev Shabbat reading:

This is a year where “calendar variants’ loom large. Variants of the roman church are talking about ‘easter’ this weekend, while some of the more ‘equinox-oriented’ calendar variants among those seeking to return to Torah have Pesach in this same timeframe, while others, including those waiting for’abiv’ barley, and most rabbinic Jewish reckonings, based on the Hillel calendar, will observe Pesach closer to the end of April.

So there is almost a one-month spread this year, and – perhaps ironically – the Big Total Solar Eclipse on April 8th falls right in between.

Mark Call looks at a number of ‘indicators’ that are either “signs” that judgment is at hand, or of a nation gone insane.

Or all of the above.

But he noted up front that he is, “no longer surprised how many times,” over recent years, we’ve heard reports that another Red Heifer ‘candidate’ has been found, and is being examined in Israel. Including, it seems, now. Usually with a reminder that procedures are being put in place to dedicate an altar, and resume some sort of “temple operations,” which turns out to be a source of excitement, anxiety, and certainly great division among those who fancy themselves ‘Bible believers.’

Is this a “good thing,” or a “bad thing?” And what about the ‘third temple’ prophecies?

Almost always, too, the claims from some version of the Book of Hebrews that those “silly jews don’t know that ‘jesus christ’ DID AWAY WITH all of that!’ And the ‘red heifer’ is now nothing but superstition, because that’s the ‘whole point of EASTER.’

Which is, of course, the reason why it’s important to understand what Scripture actually says about all of the ‘controversy,’ and in what ‘sacrifices’ He says, “I do NOT delight.”

Tzav: Red Heifer or Chocolate Bunny?”

The combined two-part teaching is here:

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Parsha “Vayikra” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week marks the first parsha in the Book of Vayikra, or Leviticus (Lev. chapters 1 through 5), where the reading beings with descriptions of several different types of offerings, and how they are to be done.

Many here are probably already aware that there is a difference between “sacrifice” (tzebach) and “offering” (korbon) and that Shaul/Paul actually supported and performed those associated with the end of the Nazerite vow (Acts 21:23-26). But that is only part of what is at best “incomplete” about the significance of His plan as taught in ‘sun-day school’.

Because what is perhaps most interesting, however, and certainly overlooked, is the fact that these are specifically for what amounts to “UN-intentional” sin. Leaving a major ‘gap in the picture.

The Erev Shabbat reading:

Which is where the Sabbath Day midrash begins. Because if there is SO much discussion of the kind of ‘sin’ that might be accomplished by different people by mistake, or in ignorance, and what should then be done, what does that say about intentional, deliberate REBELLION to him; intentional sin?

The answer is – not much. Well, explicitly anyway. Almost as if His Instruction paints a complete picture, by drawing an outline all around, and leaving something for us to figure out. As if it should be obvious.

What could be the nature of a ‘sacrifice’ for deliberate, knowing rebellion to YHVH Himself?

And if these “sacrifices” have been “done away with,” anyway, what do they have to tell us now?

Perhaps most ‘ironic’ is the misunderstanding of what is referenced in Hebrews chapter 10. No wonder it’s so easy to twist a letter written by a Hebrew to other Hebrews if people don’t understand the basics.

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for an examination of the specifics of vital distinctions that speak volumes – especially when they are ignored! Starting with Hebrews 10:26. Which may be one of the most clear warnings to the “Clergy Response Team” in Scripture!

Vayikra: ‘It’s What You DON’T Say’ – Vital Distinctions – Omitted or Ignored?”

The combined two-part teaching is here:

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Parsha “Pekudei” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a two-part look at parsha ‘Pekudei,’ (Exodus 38:21 through the end of the Book) where the story of the Exodus essentially comes to a middle, but the Book of that name draws to a close.

The Erev Shabbat reading:

which really sets up more questions than answers. What’s different about the mishkan, or “tabernacle in the wilderness,” than the one later built by Solomon, and then the one rebuilt during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah?

And what does that tell us about where He might choose to ‘put His Name,’ subsequently?

Pekudei: ‘As YHVH Commanded Moshe’ and what that tells us about temples”

The combined two-part teaching is here:

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Parsha “Vayakhel” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha ‘Vayakhel,’ (Exodus 35:1 through chapter 38:20) is named for the root word which means “assembled,” and this is the second time we see that word appear in Scripture. The first was in the last parsha, where ‘the people assembled,’ and it turned out to be against Aaron, to demand the infamous ‘golden calf.’ This time is different.

The Erev Shabbat reading:

The Torah portion this week is almost a ‘jumping-off point’ for the situation we see in the world today. Immediately following one of the most tragic, and arguably destructive, events in history, Moses “assembles the children of Israel together,” to hear what comes next.

First, a reminder about His sabbaths. Then, what it will be that they will be able to BUILD together. All those with “willing hearts,” and “wise hearts.”

Isn’t that an amazing contrast to today? When the focus is on destroying – putting to ruin not only what has been built, but making a mockery of even the idea that He might be able to “dwell among us.”

It is that contrast that reveals so much of the lie now. It is a far cry between a “cheerful giver” of dishonest fiat, and a “willing heart,” to do the WORK that He has for us!

Vayakhel: Willing Hearts, or Cheerful Givers?”

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

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Parsha “Ki Tisa” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

The Torah parsha titled ‘Ki Tisa,’ (Exodus 30:11 through chapter 34) is not only ‘feature-packed,’ but includes one of the most important, and tragic, turning points in all of Scripture.

And it also includes one of the most notable chiasms in the Bible, too (although Mark prefers the more descriptive Hebrew term, ‘atbash.’) And, again, the ‘flashing red tag’ emphasizes the importance of something that has been ignored, but fits the pattern – and the point – of the story.

The Erev Shabbat reading:

There are a number of vital questions raised in this week’s parsha, but one that should perhaps resonate the MOST with us today is, “Why did Aaron go ALONG?” After all, Scripture indicates he was culpable, because he made the golden calf.

Today we have different high priests of an even more transparently fake god trying to force people to worship something arguably more akin to what comes out of the back end of a different kind of cow. But it’s the same Idolatrous Lie: ‘This is your ‘god’, Oh, AmeriKa!’

Aaron took the gold and crafted an idol. What about us?

Ki Tisa: Why Did Aaron Go Along? How About US? …Knew, or Should Have Known”

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

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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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