Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship for a study of parsha “Chukat” (Bemidbar/Numbers chapters 19 through 21), certainly one of the more ‘enigmatic’ portions in the Torah, and, of couse, some parallels throughout both history and current events to show that the understanding is at least as important now as ever.
The Erev Shabbat review, begins with a look at the title, “chukat,” and just what a ‘chuk’ is in the first place. Perhaps it helps that the ‘red heiffer’ described in chapter 19 is the ‘quintessential example’ of the type.
But it’s the related story of why Moshe is not allowed to enter the Promised Land that he suggests underlines the Rest of the Story.
The Sabbath day message attempts to explore what the concept of a ‘chuk,’ which basically boils down to “because I said so,” from Yahuah, has to do with power, corruption, and a world which seems hell-bent on trying to prove that ‘the Law’ really HAS been “done away with.”
The combined link, “Chukat: ‘Because I say so!’, and why we seem to want to learn that the hard way.”