Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
I know it seems like ages since I posted anything here, but it was a long and interesting summer that really didn't allow for the time required to tend to a blog. And as I start up again, it occurs…Continue
I have been fascinated by the Bible ever since my grandfather bought me my first one when I was 16 years old. I was a church attender at that time - the Episcopal Church - the only one in my rather…Continue
Numbers 27 – The question arises what to do with the portion of property belonging to a family if no son is left, but there are daughters. Moses consults the Lord and He tells Moses their cause is just. Daughters should be able to inherit if there are no sons. If there are no daughters, the land should go to the man’s brothers or to his father’s brothers or the nearest relative in the clan.
The Lord sends Moses up into the Abarim Mountains (east of the…Continue
Numbers 25 – Israel is encamped at Shittim (at the foot of the mountains in northeaster part of Moab). And the people go immediately astray—giving themselves to debauchery with the women of Moab and worshiping their gods. So God gets furious with them. He tells Moses that the leaders must be “impale[d]” (Jerusalem Bible 25:4). Moses turns this task over to the judges he has appointed.
Phineas (name of Egyptian origin, grandson of Aaron) executes judgment on…Continue
Numbers 23 – Balaam tells King Balak of Moab to build seven altars and to prepare seven bulls and seven rams for sacrifice on the altars. Then he goes off to consult the Lord.
When he returns, he delivers the following oracle: King Balak has called him to come and curse Israel, but “How can I curse whom God has not cursed?” (23:8) “Let me die the death of the upright, and let my end be like his!” (23:10) He can’t do it.
King Balak takes him to where…Continue
Numbers 22 - The Israelites camp on the plains of Moab, across the Dead Sea from Jericho. Balak, son of Zippor (a name very like Moses’ wife, Zipporah), is the king of Moab. He is afraid of the Israelites and sends elders from Moab and Midian to Balaam of Pethor on the Euphrates.
Balaam is a pagan prophet known for his occult powers. He is asked by Balak to come and curse the intruders. Now God Himself comes to Balaam (at night so perhaps in a…Continue