Parsha “Tetzaveh” and Book of Esther teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week is a bit different than normal, and not just because the word ‘normal’ no longer applies in this world. The “semi-Biblical” holiday of Purim, associated with the story in the Book of Esther is more than even just a striking parallel to current events. Which is to say it IS in Scripture, is not one of the commanded moedim of YHVH, but obviouisly still has a lot to teach us – especially “in such a time as this!”

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa Fellowship as he expores why.

And what the heck is “Mordecai Derangement Syndrome,” anyway?

Parsha “Tetzaveh” (Exodus/Shemot 27:20-30:10) continues the series of detailed sets of instruction surrounding the Mishkan, or Tabernacle, in the wilderness, this time in the form of the priestly garments, and their ordination and duties. The key element seems to be that they are “for splendor and for beauty.”

The Erev Shabbat overview begins with a look at some of the news that sets up a history that more than rhymes this time:

Aaron and his sons not only wore garments of office for splendor and for beauty, but were charged with teaching their people the difference between the clean and the unclean, the “holy and profane.” We are still in exile, and most of this world still doesn’t know, or now even CARE, about that difference.

But the story of Esther tells us something more. We were supposed to “remember Amalek,” not emulate them.

The Sabbath Day teaching is about connecting dots, from priests that don’t teach as commanded, and thus don’t merit “splendor and beauty,” to why we’re STILL at war with Amalek, and what Esther taught us to do about it, and understand.

Tetzaveh and the Continuing Lesson of Purim: Remember Amalek”

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

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Parsha “Terumah” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha “Terumah” (Exodus/Shemot 25:1 – 27:19) is the first of a series of detailed sets of instruction that have to do with the BUILDING of the Mishkan, or Tabernacle, in the wilderness.

The Erev Shabbat overview begins with the admonition to Moses to speak to the B’nai Israel, and tell them to take ‘an offering’, and then provides the detail about what they are to do thereafter:

The Sabbath Day teaching explores the theme of this, and indeed subsequent paraschot, in more detail:
What is there about BUILDING something together, in service to Yahuah, that is so special? And, given the dramatic contrast, what can we learn from the converse that we see today?

“Terumah: Compare and Constrast the Cycles and the Masters — Building vs Destroying”

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

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Parsha “Mishpatim” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha “Mishpatim” (Exodus/Shemot chapters 21 through 24) is one of the most ordinance, or “judgment-packed” in the Torah. It’s also very NOT ‘politically-correct,’ and thus most often ignored. And all the more so because it’s a vital reminder of all of the elements of “slavery” that are more relevant than ever, as once-free peoples return to the bondage Scripture warned us about.

The Erev Shabbat overview takes a look at all of the mishpatim, how they relate, and the final part of that story:

There is so much “meat” in this portion that a ‘deeper look’ into the themes could go in many different ways. But THIS year, Mark suggests that, in “such a time as this,” we start the way He does – in context – and that means slavery, then and now.

Especially when that path leads directly to the mask, the poke, and the mark of the beast.

“Miahpatim: What IS ‘Slavery’?”

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

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Parsha “Beshalach” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha Beshalach (Exodus/Shemot 13:17 – 17:16) comntains one of the most dramatic and certainly memorable miracles in all of Scripture – the parting, and crossing, of the “Red Sea” (or, more likely, the Sea of Reeds). But that is just one of the flashier miracles in this one, and the others certainly make for interesting study.

The Erev Shabbat overview:

The story of the Exodus can certainly be divided, at minimum, into events “before the parting of the Sea,” and “after.”

And given that there are both parallels in some elements of the pattern, and yet clearly some “ant-parallels” as well, Mark suggests that we recall that cycles generally have a positive half, and a negative, and that our current era, since it arguably involves judment, is on the latter course.

All the more reason to pay attention, “look up,” and understand the indications that our “redemption draweth nigh.”

“Beshalach: The Minimum Necessary Miracles for Our Time”

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

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Parsha “Bo” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha Bo (Exodus/Shemot 10:1 through 13:16) completes the “plagues” part of the Exodus from Egypt that led to the delivery of the mixed multitude of the sons of Israel from bondage. In the process it also introduces the “eginning of months for you” and outlines WHY what also happens is of such vital importance that we are to keep this feast “FOREVER” (whether we have been taught that Truth by a paganized ‘church’ or not!)

The Erev Shabbat overview:

The parallels (or, with all due respect to Mark Twain) the “rhymes” in both history and prophecy between that time and now are hard to ignore.

Last week, Mark observed that this nation and this world faces either judgments or plagues, and ultimately both. This week it became pretty clear that it’s judgment, and soon.

A totalitarian regime, using the unholy alliance of a “public-private partnership” combining government powers of censorship and coercion with allegedly “private”, but monopolistically huge businesses, is systematically shutting down communications — especially when it serves the ‘prince of this world.’

How can what Yahuah and His Word be so silenced?

But wait just a minute. Moses had no access to Two-Faced Book. He didn’t tweet. There as no “mass communications” prior to the original Exodus. And yet literlly MILLIONS of people got the message: “Ani Yahuah!!!”

So what is the message WE should get? Mark has some observations that run the gamut.

“Bo: Bring on the Plagues!”

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

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Parsha “Vayera” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha Shemot (Exodus/Shemot 6:2 through all of chapter 9) is the story of, among other things, the first of the famous “plagues” of Egypt that led to the delivery of the mixed multitude of the sons of Israel from bondage.

The Erev Shabbat overview:

During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark again builds on the perhaps “nerdy” observation that our Creator build the world based on cycles. And that DURING those historic, political, social, economic, and even Biblical-scale cycles, there are times of “judgments” and of “plagues”.

It’s important we have discernment to tell the difference.

Coming VERY soon, this world faces either judgments or plagues. (In the longer run, both.) In addition to Who we choose to serve, and what we must come out of, we have a choice about our hearts, too.

“Vayera: Plagues or Judgments — whether with Strong Hearts – or Stubborn “

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

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Parsha “Shemot” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha Shemot (Exodus/Shemot 1:1 through 6:1) begins the Book which of course has the same Hebrew name. It begins the story of the life of Moshe (Moses) and the beginning of the end of the time of bondage in Egypt.

The Erev Shabbat overview:

One of the key setup elements of this part of the story is a “new king who knew NOT Joseph.”

The Sabbath day teaching begins with a question that seems to resonate now than perhaps ever before in the history of what was the American Republic. “What made ‘Moses’, MOSES!”? He didn’t choose to be the savior of the tribes of Israel, or lead them out of bondage. And yet the totality of the story suggests he had a purpose set out for him even before his birth. His life moved according to what clearly looks like a plan.

He was born when he was, for why he was. Arguably, perhaps all of us were born now, “for such a time as this.”

And the punchline is that Yosef was SOLD into bondage, yet Yahuah had a plan that saved them all. Before the slaves in Egypt ‘groaned,’ and cried out from their bondage, Moshe was already being prepped.

The parallels in the stories of a people then who, once free, moved into slavery in a period of just over 200 years cannot be overlooked. Neither can the examples of leadership that Yahuah provided them, or the lessons.

“Shemot: Slave, Free, and Redeemed — Redeemed at a PRICE, we much not again be slaves of men!”

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

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Parsha “Vayigash” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha “Vayigash” (Genesis 44:18-47:27) begins with the ‘cliffhangar’ that ended the previous parsha, when “Judah comes near” to the man he does not YET realize is his brother Joseph, and gives the most important speech of his life,

The Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) study picks it up there:

Most of the time, when we take a deeper look at this parsha, the focus is on the central figures: Judah, who becomes the first “penitent” in Scripture, admits his serious mistake, and “mans up” to take responibility for, and the place of, his youngest brother, Benyamin. And Yosef, who becomes the first human to forgive another.

But there’s another element this year, in “such a time as this,” which merits our attention, too. When the people of Mitzraim (Egypt) finally run out of silver (aka, “money”), they first sell all their livestock, then finally their land, and even themselves, into bondage, in exchange for food to live. And Joseph imposes a feudal duty on them: a full fifth, or 20%, of their produce.

Would it be wonderful if modern Big Brother Pharoah was even half so benevolent!

If you compare Joseph’s Pharoah to the modern, and ‘evolving,’ Beast — a different picture emerges.

Join Mark Call as he takes a look at prophecies we’ve all heard about, and been watching for, as we head into…

“Vayigash: Joseph’s Pharoah vs ‘the Beast’ — By Their Masks Ye Shall Know Them!”

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

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Parsha “Miketz” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha “Miketz” (Genesis 41:1 – 44:17) continues the story, and the character development of Yosef, and at least sets the stage for that which sets Judah apart as well.

The Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) overview and intro lays it all out:

This time through the cycle, Mark Call takes a closer look at the ‘character issues’ outlined in the parsha. It’s clear that Yosef has matured in both “discernment” (‘bien’ in the original Hebrew) and “wisdom” (‘chakam’). But what should really resonate now is that he demonstrated what Pharoah recognized was needed in THAT time.

Today, at the onset of a different “time of trouble” — the same characteristics are vital. And we must not only develop them in ourselves, but be just as able to recognize them given what is ahead.

“Miketz: Character for a time of trouble”

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

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Parsha “Vayeshev” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha “Vayeshev” (Genesis chapters 37 through 40) begins by saying ‘these are the generations of Yakov, or Jacob, but it really starts with the story of Yosef, or Joseph.

In between, there’s a revealing “digression” (OK, actually an ‘atbash’) about Judah beginning to ‘man up,’ and a whole lot of hints about why the challenges they faced are still ever-so-relevant.

The Erev Shabbat (Friday evening) overview and intro lays it all out:

Over the weekend, the US no-longer-all-that supreme court rolled over for one of the biggest cop-outs in history, and set the stage for what might well be the final step leading to civil war, or perhaps even much worse. For that reason alone, the insight into personal challenges in the life of major figures in Scripture as they walked out what was so clearly ‘His plan’ must not be missed.

Will we recognize not only His hand at work, but His insruction?

“Vayeshev: Preparing His People ‘for such a time as this'”

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

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