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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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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