A goat for Azazel

January 10, 2021

THE SCAPEGOAT is a concept that originated at Mount Sinai. This week, we discuss God’s commandment to send a goat into the wilderness for Azazel.

Holiness

December 13, 2020

ISRAEL WAS commanded to be holy because God was literally in their midst. The Law set them apart for Yahweh, distinct from other people.

Strange fire

December 6, 2020

THE FORMAL beginning of the Levitical priesthood and the sacrificial system is the focus of this week’s study–along with the disturbing episode of the deaths of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu.

Burn the liver!

November 15, 2020

GOD GAVE very explicit instructions for the slaughter of animals required for the slaughter of animals for required offerings.

The Tabernacle of YHWH

November 8, 2020

THE CONSTRUCTION of the tabernacle is the focus of this week’s study—although, as usual, we follow some rabbit trails that lead us to other parts of the Bible.

Take 2 on Mount Sinai

November 1, 2020

TAKE TWO at Mount Sinai: Moses goes back up the mountain for another 40 days and nights to get two new tablets to replace the ones he smashed.

The golden calf

October 25, 2020

IT DIDN’T take long for Israel to rebel against God’s commands. They broke the first two commandments—no other gods and no idols—before Moses even came down from Mount Sinai.

The consecration of Aaron

October 18, 2020

THE RULES for consecrating the Aaronic priesthood were very specific, and many of those rules were a repudiation of rituals the pagan neighbors of ancient Israel practices for their gods.

The Ephod and the Breastpiece of Judgment

October 11, 2020

THE GARMENT worn by the high priest represented the tribes of Israel, who were (symbolically) brought before the Lord when Aaron and his successors entered the Holy Place.

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