There’s no way around it: these chapters are grim. Moses’ siblings turn on him, the Israelites want to stone him, and the Lord seems ready to end the covenant.
How did we get here? Alex Duke chats with Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi about Numbers 12–14.
Things are going well for Israel . . . until the people start to grumble.
Numbers 5–8: On How Moses’ Test for Adultery Is Different Than Monty Python’s Test for Witches (Bible Talk, Ep. 44)By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 12.01.2021
In Numbers 5–8, Israel is still revving its engine, preparing to enter the Promised Land. For now, we read about a strange test for adultery, the genesis of the Nazirite vow, and Aaron’s blessing, one of the most well-known passages in the whole Bible.
By the time we get to the beginning of Numbers, Israel is poised to take the Promised Land. But first, they need to receive their marching orders.
We’ve come to the end of Leviticus.
In the Old Testament, the Lord wants his people to be holy as he is holy (Lev. 20:26). That means sacred lives, but it also means he them to be marked of by sacred times and sacred places.
Leviticus 17–20 covers a lot: goat demons, the meaning of blood, Molech, the holiness of God, and loving your neighbor as yourself. How does it all fit together?
For a while now, Jim and Sam have been saying that Leviticus 16—the Day of the Atonement—is the theological center of the Torah. In this episode, they finally defend their case.
Leviticus 11–15: On Why You Can Step on Bugs and Eat Rock Badger Nuggets—And Still Go to Church (Bible Talk, Ep. 38)By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 09.29.2021
In Leviticus, uncleanness results from death. That’s the big idea of Leviticus 11–15 and its discussion of chewing the cud, leprosy, and bodily discharges.
Leviticus 8–10: On What the Deaths of Nadab and Abihu Have to Do With Church Membership and Discipline (Bible Talk, Ep. 37)By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 09.22.2021
At the end of Leviticus 9, it’s almost as if we’ve fixed the problem of sin. But in the very next chapter . . .
Leviticus 1–7: On the Difference Between Being the Quarterback and Tailgating Outside the Stadium (Bible Talk, Ep. 36)By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 09.15.2021
The book of Leviticus isn’t just a bunch of random rules. It provides an answer to the problem that’s been swirling over God’s people since Genesis 3: How can a sinful people dwell in the midst of a holy God?
Alex Duke, Sam Emadi, and Jim Hamilton share how Bible Talk began—and how it’s going so far.
Exodus 35–40: On How It Started, How It’s Going, and the Beautiful End of Exodus (Bible Talk, Ep. 35)By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 07.21.2021
By the end of Exodus, our story has come full circle: humanity has been exiled since the Garden but now he dwells in the midst of his people.
Exodus 34: On YHWH’s Self-Expositional Sermon and Why We Have It Better than Radiant-Faced Moses (Bible Talk, Ep. 34)By A. Duke, J. Hamilton, S. Emadi | 07.14.2021
Alex chats with Jim and Sam about the center of biblical theology.
In Exodus 26–31, Moses is on the mountain talking with God. While that was happening, what were God’s people up to?