Numbers 16 – 18: The Israelites Refuse to Learn From Experience

The Blossoming of Aaron's Rod by Augustin Hirschvogel, circa 1550, currently at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Frankly, I'm getting tired of the Israelites and their whiny ways. I've said it before and I'm saying it again: you'd think that people who witnessed amazing natural and unnatural miracles nearly every week would be…

Numbers 13 – 15: The Israelites Condemn Themselves Through Their Cowardliness and Lack of Faith – Again

Israelites Carrying the Grapes of Canaan, Stained Glass Window, created @ 1480, installed in the Pfarrkirche St. Lorenz (St. Lawrence Parish Church), Nuremberg, Germany As Chapter 13 starts, the Israelites have FINALLY reached Canaan, the land that God has promised to be their new forever homeland. Hooray! God tells Moses to send an exploration team…

Leviticus 7 – 9: The Ordination of the First Jewish Priesthood and All Their Associated Offerings

Stained Glass Windows Depicting the Law (Moses) and the Priesthood (Aaron), Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, England, erected 1865 Chapter 7 begins with instructions on how the early Jews were to make their guilt offerings. Like the other livestock sacrifices, the animal was to be slaughtered where the burnt offerings were performed and blood splashed on the…