Notes on Deuteronomy 14-20

The Israelites are a “peculiar people” (Deut. 14:2), which is why it is silly for Christians and Americans today to think that all the laws of the Old Testament apply to us. It is why anti-Christians always want to point to the Pentateuch in order to lecture us on our hypocrisy. They are fools to … Continue reading Notes on Deuteronomy 14-20

Notes on Deuteronomy 1-2

Deuteronomy is the last of the five books of the Jewish Pentateuch, also known as the Law of Moses. The first two chapters are a quick rundown of some of the events that occurred in the book of Numbers. It takes place near the end of the 40 year wandering in the wilderness, and the … Continue reading Notes on Deuteronomy 1-2

Notes on Numbers 31-32

The children of Israel went to war against the Midianites and achieved near total destruction. The battle was so one sided that not one Israelite soldier was killed (Num. 31:49). Though they were commanded to slaughter everyone, the Israelites kept the women and children alive, and were punished with a plague (Num. 31:16). What would … Continue reading Notes on Numbers 31-32

Notes on Numbers 21-22

As they march toward Canaan, the Israelites begin defeating army after army. Since they can’t go through Edom (Num. 20:18), they go around (Num. 21:4). Once again, they murmur against God. This is the tenth time that they whined about their situation, this time focusing on the quality of the free food they have been … Continue reading Notes on Numbers 21-22

Notes on Numbers 11-13

One of the things that always astounds me is the frequency with which the children of Israel take God for granted. They walked across the dry land when the Red Sea parted for them. They literally see the presence of God as a massive cloud and pillar of fire that surrounds their tabernacle every day. … Continue reading Notes on Numbers 11-13

Notes on Leviticus 16-18

Leviticus 16 gives us a picture of Christ as the scapegoat. A bullock and a goat are killed as burnt offerings for the Israelites, while an additional goat is to take on “all their transgressions in all their sins (verse 21)” so that this goat would “bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land … Continue reading Notes on Leviticus 16-18

Notes on Leviticus 11-13

Leviticus 11 is a list of animals that the children of Israel could and could not eat. It was actually a fairly extensive list. No camels, rabbits, shellfish, eels, snakes, insects, shrimp, ravens, owls, and many others. The one that hits home for me is no swine, because I am a filthy sausage and bacon … Continue reading Notes on Leviticus 11-13

Notes on Exodus 7-12

The “ten plagues” in Exodus is one of the most well-known stories in the Bible. However, the richness of the various layers found when really looking into these supernatural events is often overlooked. I am about to share some things that I found that I have either rarely or never heard from any pulpit in … Continue reading Notes on Exodus 7-12

Notes on Genesis 35-37

Idols, images, and gods. Genesis 35:2 has Jacob (Israel) warning his family to put away their “strange gods.” This is in reference to the statues and trinkets that the family stole from Dinah’s rapists who were slaughtered in chapter 34, and the “images” (some translations say “idols”) stolen from Laban way back in chapter 31. … Continue reading Notes on Genesis 35-37

Notes on Genesis 30-31

Of the twelve tribes of Israel, I have barely heard any discussion of Dan. However, the tribe of Dan may be the most interesting and important save for Judah. When the tribes of Israel are mentioned in Revelation 7, the tribes of Dan and Ephraim are not. Ephraim was blotted out because of their penchant … Continue reading Notes on Genesis 30-31