PSALMS OF ASAPH are featured this week in our Old Testament study. Once again, we find that what appears on the surface to be a–dare we say–relatively ordinary hymn of praise or supplication turns out to be something far more exciting when you actually take the time to read it and start peeling away layers.
We also find hints of the ultimate schism in Israel that created the two kingdoms, Israel and Judah. And since Asaph lived through the period of turmoil and intrigue that marked the transfer of power from David to Solomon, we suspect there will be some more hidden gems among his Psalms in the weeks and months ahead. Continue reading
ONE OF the great mysteries of the Bible is the sacrifice of the red heifer. According to Numbers 19, it is required to purify those who come into contact with corpses.
In Jewish tradition, the red heifer has even greater significance. It is believed that the sacrifice of an unblemished red heifer is necessary to restore a state of purity to the world before the Third Temple can be built.
Since we know from the prophets Daniel (chapter 9) and Ezekiel (chapters 40-48) that there will be sacrifices again, which the Antichrist will cause to stop, a temple will be built in Jerusalem. So the birth of an unblemished red heifer would signal another milepost on the prophetic road leading to Christ’s return.
We also discuss the rights and responsibilities of the Levitical priesthood, Moses’ disobedience in striking the rock to bring forth the waters of Meribah, and the deaths of Miriam and Aaron.
THE ISRAELITES have traveled to the border of the Promised Land. Now it’s time to show the people a taste of what Yahweh has in store.
Twelve spies, representing the twelve tribes, are sent into Canaan, and they bring back a report of a land “flowing with milk and honey”. But ten of the twelve are quick to add that the inhabitants are as giants–Anakim, descendants of the Nephilim. How is that possible, if the giants of Genesis 6 were destroyed in the flood?
We discuss the post-Flood incursion of giants, yet more rebellion by the Israelites, and God’s decision to make His people wait a full generation to cross the Jordan River.