THE DIVINE COUNCIL in action and prophecy is the focus of this week’s Old Testament study. Psalm 82 depicts a courtroom scene in the divine council with Yahweh declaring judgment on the lesser gods who “judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked.” Incredibly, the psalm prophesies a day when the small-G gods die “like men,” which may have something to do with their bad attitude.
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WE ALL remember the song: Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, and the walls came tumbling down.
Today, we study the conquest of Canaan by the Israelites, revisiting the concept of kherem (sanctioning persons or things because they are forbidden–either cursed or due to Yahweh’s exclusive ownership or use), and examining what appears to be military campaigns through the hill countries of Judah and Israel specifically targeted at the giant clans known as the Anakim–descendants of the Nephilim who were in the land before the Flood.
TODAY, WE begin studying the fulfillment of the patriarchal promise, the occupation of the land that Yahweh had declared would belong to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
We discuss again the concept of kherem, persons or things “devoted to destruction” because they are forbidden, either because they were accursed, such as those who worshiped other gods, or reserved for Yahweh’s exclusive ownership and use, such as the land of Canaan, which Yahweh had allotted to Israel. We discuss the assistance given to the spies by Rahab, the prostitute in Jericho, who was not only saved from death but became an ancestor of King David and thus the Messiah himself.
And we encounter a Christophany, another example of how the presence of the “second Power in heaven” or “second Yahweh”–Christ–is woven through the whole Bible.
Click here for an overview of the Divine Council by Dr. Michael S. Heiser (link opens a PDF document). See page 16 for a brief summary of Jesus as the second Power in heaven.