Better the devil you know?

In Numbers 10, Moses encourages Hobab, son of Reuel the Midianite, to come with them to the next place the Lord is leading them, namely, the Desert of Paran: “We are setting out for the place about which the Lord said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us and we will...

Lost in Transmission (Geek alert!)

In Numbers 9, Moses gives the Israelites instructions on how to celebrate the Passover meal in remembrance of their deliverance from the clutches of Egypt’s Pharoah. This is how it reads:  9 The Lord spoke to Moses in the Desert of Sinai in the first month of the...

Old Testament Crowd-Surfing

In Numbers 8 the priestly tribe of the Levites are consecrated for service to the Lord. They are sprinkled with the water of cleansing, they have to shave their whole bodies and wash their clothes to purify themselves. Then this is commanded: 11 Aaron is to present...

God is interested in the details

Reading Numbers 7 this morning I came across a lot of lists. My natural inclination when I get to a section like this is to skip it, but since all Scripture is inspired by God, and useful (though in varying degrees), I persisted. The narrative relates the offerings...

Easter Reflection 4 – We are satisfied with too little

In John chapter 19, at the scene of Jesus’ crucifixion, we read these words: 23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in...