207 – Numbers 16 in Hebrews 9

I’d like to begin today by repeating a paragraph from the previous article. I said, “I believe a strong word of caution is appropriate at this point. Please, please, please, resist the temptation to spiritualize, or look for a deeper meaning for Aaron’s rod that budded. To look for a deeper meaning would be to negate what the text tells us.” There are two main ways to read and understand the Bible, literally or allegorically. One is correct and the other incorrect. It’s beyond the scope of this article to adequately represent both approaches adequately. I ...

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206 – Numbers 17 – Aaron’s rod

I hope you’ve been following along with us through Numbers chapter sixteen because chapter seventeen is simply a continuation of the historical narrative of the previous chapter. If you’d like to get caught up to where we are you can read the six articles I wrote covering Numbers sixteen, or better yet just read Numbers sixteen for yourself. Numbers 17:1       1 And the LORD [YHWH] spoke to Moses, saying:    How do I know that chapter seventeen is a continuation of the historical narrative of the previous chapter you may ask? The very first ...

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205 – Numbers 16 – plague

Last time we finished our discussion about the rebellion of Korah. That narrative ended with Korah, Dathan, and Abiram and all they possessed being swallowed up by the earth. The remaining two hundred and fifty insurrectionists were burned up with fire. In considering the subsequent event we must notice that Moses nor Aaron killed these people. Neither of them called for this large-scale destruction. These rebellious men died by the hand of Yahweh. I’m not going to talk about verses 35-40 unless enough of you comment and ask me to go through them, but please read ...

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204 – NUMBERS 16 – KORAH’S REBELLION – PART 5

We’ve been looking into Numbers chapter 16 where Korah rises up to overthrow Moses. You may want to read the chapter for context. In Numbers 16:15-17, Moses defines the rules for the morrow’s “contest” where Yahweh God will demonstrate whom He has picked to lead Israel. Will it be team Moses or team Korah? Verse 18 tells us the day of reckoning has arrived, they followed Moses’ instruction and are standing at the door of the tabernacle of meeting waiting to see what God will do. We pick up the narrative in Numbers 16:19. Numbers 16:19 19       And ...

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203 – NUMBERS 16 – KORAH’S REBELLION – PART 4

Numbers 16:12-14            12       And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, but they said, “We will not come up!             13       Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, that you should keep acting like a prince over us?             14       Moreover you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us inheritance of fields and vineyards. Will you put out the eyes of these men? We will ...

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202 – NUMBERS 16 – KORAH’S REBELLION – PART 3

Numbers 16:6            6       Do this: Take censers, Korah and all your company;             7       put fire in them and put incense in them before the LORD [Yahweh] tomorrow, and it shall be that the man whom the LORD [Yahweh] chooses is the holy one. You take too much upon yourselves, you sons of Levi!”            8       Then Moses said to Korah, “Hear now, you sons of Levi:             9       Is it a small thing to you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of ...

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201 – Numbers 16 – Korah’s Rebellion – Part 2

Last time I pointed out that Korah’s grandfather was Kohath. You’ll remember that the Kohathites had duties related to the ark, the table, the lampstand, the altars, and the utensils of the sanctuary. Korah was from the tribe of Levi, in other words, he was from an important part of the Levitical priesthood. What I didn’t tell you last time is who Dathan, Abiram, and On were and why they were significant.       1       Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, ...

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200 – Numbers 16 – Korah’s Rebellion – Part 1

I’m curious, if you were to read Numbers chapter sixteen, using just a few words, how would you summarize it? Maybe you’d pick something like the title of this article, “Korah’s rebellion”? Maybe one would argue, “not everything in chapter sixteen is about Korah”, and conclude, “it’s more generally about complaining”. Maybe another astute Biblical Student would submit, “chapter sixteen could be thought of in sections with each section having a summary. Considering these section summaries might help us to determine a more accurate chapter ...

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199 – Numbers 15 – In forty years

Last time we finished Numbers chapter fourteen. As I was preparing to write this week I was a bit surprised by the content in chapter fifteen. It almost seems misplaced to me. I know it’s not misplaced, because the scriptures are inspired by God, and in this case authored by Moses. Yahweh had Moses pen every word (in Hebrew of course) so we can be confident nothing is out of order. But let me show you why it feels misplaced to me and see if at first glance it strikes you the same way. Remember the previous chapter? God told Israel to go in and possess the land He ...

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198 – Numbers 14 – Disguised as Faith

I love writing about the Bible. There is however a caveat to this medium of biblical communication, and that is it is truly one-sided. I am only able to engage you in dialog if you comment on what I post, which of course is after the fact - we can’t have a real-time conversational exchange here. Well, let’s do the best we can, shall we? Though we can’t very easily discuss it, I’d like you to think about something. If I were to ask you, “what’s the opposite of faith”, how would you respond? Go ahead, say it out aloud. Did you say doubt? Maybe you are ...

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