The books of Samuel and the Kings tell the story of the Israelite Monarchy. They are full of sweeping battles, conquests, and catastrophes. Larger than life characters and deeds fill their pages. Yet the story of the kings begins with the story of a woman whom all but a few had written off. She had … Continue reading
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Numbers 29 is basically a continuation of chapter 28. The two chapters seem to be a recap or quick reference for what sacrifices are required for different regular and special days of the year. I thought about making some more formulas but then stuff got interesting. The last part of the chapter is about the … Continue reading
As happens frequently in Numbers, interesting narrative is interrupted by some laws. These laws don’t seem to flow naturally out of the previous story, but may have some relevance to later stories. We’ll see how this one goes. Numbers 28 is a list of five different times when the Israelites should offer sacrifices. When you … Continue reading
The questions is, what will you do with it? Leviticus 17 is all about blood. And if blood gets an entire chapter devoted to it, you know it must be important. To The Tabernacle! f you slaughter an animal in any kind of sacrifice, go to the tabernacle. Go directly to the Tabernacle. Do not … Continue reading
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Leviticus 9 is a chapter where a lot of stuff goes right. Things happen as they should. Much is done “as the LORD commanded Moses” or, “as Moses had commanded.” And that’s nice. We have been on a pretty good streak ever since that little hiccup in Exodus 32. Aaron Arrayed in his newly minted … Continue reading
Now here is something I never expected to find in Leviticus: Narrative. I thought this whole book was just going to be law after law after law. I was wrong. The laws have taken a little break and given way to the ongoing story of this crazy people God brought out of Egypt. Granted, it … Continue reading
I don’t know how your weekend was. And that is a good thing. Because if I DID know, that would mean I had all kinds of ways to spy on you. And let’s face it, you don’t want me to do that and I don’t want that kind of awesome power. But my weekend involved … Continue reading
5:30am: Wakin’ up in the morning. 5:35am: Gotta get fresh. Gotta go down to the tabernacle. Use last “Friday” reference. Sneak the hot sauce in your pocket. You will need this later. 6:00am: Arrive at tabernacle. Say hi to Bernie, the doorman. Notice the ashes of the previous night’s burnt offerings on the altar. 6:05am: Put … Continue reading
I’m on to you. Oh yes. Don’t think I haven’t noticed all that dirty, guilty, sinning you have been doing around the camp. I glued googly eyes on the back of my robe just so people would know how much I am watching them. Yeah, I know it looks weird but it gets my point … Continue reading
Chapter 1 was burnt offerings. Chapter 2 was grain offerings. Chapter 3 is the slightly less self-explanatory “Fellowship Offering.” As best as I can tell, one would make this offering because they wanted to have a BBQ and invite all their friends over. That officially makes the fellowship offering my favorite offering of all the … Continue reading