254 results for author: Mark Hathaway


253 – Numbers 35 – City

The thirty-fifth chapter of the book of Numbers could be divided into two parts. Numbers 35:1 begins with the words, “Yahweh spoke to Moses on the desert plains of Moab…”, and 35:9 begins with, “Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying…”. In verses 1-8, our first section, Yahweh commands the children of Israel to give the Levites cities since they have no land inheritance of their own. They were given both cities to live in, and cities of refuge for the accidental murderer to flee to, which are explained in subsequent verses.  I consider verses 2 & 8 taken together as a summary for this first section. Numbers 35:2 (LEB) “Comm...

252 – Numbers 34 – Just an Address

Though not many people give it a thought, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that chapter and verse markings are not a part of the original biblical manuscripts.    According to GotAnswers.org,    “The chapter divisions commonly used today were developed by Stephen Langton, an Archbishop of Canterbury. Langton put the modern chapter divisions into place in around A.D. 1227. The Wycliffe English Bible of 1382 was the first Bible to use this chapter pattern. Since the Wycliffe Bible, nearly all Bible translations have followed Langton’s chapter divisions.” The Hebrew Old Testament was divided into verses by a Jewish ...

251 – Numbers 33 – The Will of God

Numbers 33:1-2 (LEB) 1 These were the journeys of the ⌊Israelites⌋, who went out from the land of Egypt according to their divisions, by the hand of Moses and Aaron. 2 Moses wrote down their movements according to their journeys on the command of Yahweh, and these are their journeys according to their movements. The first 37 verses of Numbers 33 chronicle for us the forty-year path the Israelites took. Verse 2 informs us Yahweh commanded Moses to write down exactly where they had been. As we work our way through the scriptures it becomes obvious that Yahweh is a God of incredible detail. Verses 38-39 recalls for us Aaron’s death as ...

250 – Numbers 32 – Is this That?

I hope you’ll spend a few minutes reading the forty-two verses of Numbers chapter thirty-two. The descendants of Reuben and Gad, two of the tribes of Israel make an unusual request of Moses, Eleazar the priest, and to the tribal leaders. Verse five summarizes their petition and verses six and seven communicate Moses’ initial response. Numbers 32:5-6 (LEB)            5       They said, “If we have found favor in ⌊your sight⌋, let this land be given to your servants as property; do not lead us across the Jordan.”             6       But Moses said to the descendants of Gad and to the descendants of ...

249 – Numbers 31 – Vengeance!

I’m going to share four verses with you that I’m convinced are not always well received by readers. Too often verses like this are either dismissed as Old Testament and therefore no longer relevant to today’s reader, or Yahweh is called into the courtroom of human justice and accused. To dismiss any passage of Scripture because it is from the Old Testament demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of God’s word. God’s word, His whole word is relevant. I’ve said more about this in previous posts. Maybe you are thinking, “I would never put God on trial…”. I hope that’s true, but if you question His right to do certain ...

248 – Numbers 30 – blaharkitga

Human beings, by design, are relational thinkers. I’ll try to explain what I mean, but I fear I’m headed for a philosophical rabbit hole. What I mean is every thought we think is based on, or related to something else we know. You and I cannot think thoughts that are devoid of at least one other thing we know. Let’s see if I can illustrate what I’m talking about. Let’s say there exists in our universe something called a “blaharkitga”. You and I have no capacity to think about a blaharkitga unless we related it to something else we know. Beyond asking, “what is a blaharkitga?” we can’t even ask questions about it unless we ...

247 – Numbers 30 – Whats a Vow

Numbers chapter 30 is given fully to the matter of vows. Given our modern-day perspective, one may be tempted to think the Old Testament vow is summed up in the modern-day saying, “be a man of your word”, or “do what you said you’re gonna do”. However, I don’t believe the modern-day sayings and the Old Testament practice have as much in common with one another as we may think. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s take a quick peek at the chapter’s introductory verse. Numbers 30:1 (NKJV)       30:1       Then Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Israel, saying, “This is the thing ...

246 – Numbers 29 – Feast of Tabernacles

As the above chart demonstrates Yahweh commanded the Israelites to observe eight different “feasts”. Last time I noted the following. According to the New King James pericopes (section headings), Numbers 29 is about three main things: Offerings at the Feast of Trumpets (verses 1-6) Offerings on the Day of Atonement (verses 7-11) Offerings at the Feast of Tabernacles (verses 12-40) Noticing the chart, the three feasts in Numbers 29 take place in the seventh Hebrew month of Tishri, sometime in September-October on our calendar. Today I’d like to discuss the third and final feast mentioned in Numbers 29. Numbers 29:12 ...

245 – Numbers – Offerings

Offerings are mentioned in each of the first five books of the Bible. It is interesting to note that offerings predate the law Yahweh handed down to the Israelites through His servant Moses. The first offering to Yahweh made by a human was made by Cain in Genesis 4:3. The astute reader may have noticed the phrase “made by a human” I used in the previous sentence and may well know why I used it. I submit the very first offering was made by God to God when He clothed man and woman for the first time using animal skins. The offerings were a very important and central practice in the lives of Israel for thousands of years, because Yahweh made ...

244 – Numbers 29 – Afflict?

According to the New King James pericopes (section headings), Numbers 29 is about three main things: Offerings at the Feast of Trumpets (verses 1-6) Offerings on the Day of Atonement (verses 7-11) Offerings at the Feast of Tabernacles (verses 12-40) My suspicion is we either let our minds drift, or we skim over these verses failing to notice their relevance. After all, why should I care about the ancient blood and gore practice of animal sacrifices? If the Old Testament sacrifices were about the animal I could raise no objection. But since the sacrifices have always been about Jesus Christ, they are incredibly relevant. Let’s ...