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RMM RoundUp for May 18, 2016

Wed. May. 18, 2016By: Paul Carter

Numbers 27 Back in 2011 when I my wife was pregnant with our fifth child, I happened to be in Israel with a group of folks from the church.  At every restaurant and tourist site we stopped at we seemed to meet a Jewish woman named Noa.  In North America “Noah” is a boy’s name only so I finally mustered up my courage and asked one of these ladies why the name “Noa” is so popular in modern Israel and why it seems to be given exclusively to women.  I was told about the...Read More

RMM RoundUp May 4, 2016

Wed. May. 04, 2016By: Paul Carter

Numbers 11 Numbers 11 might be the most interesting chapter in the Old Testament.  Two stories appear intentionally and significantly interwoven.  The first narrative thread has to do with the surprising lack of gratitude among the people of Israel.  After a short period in the desert eating only manna they begin to complain about their monotonous diet.  Hear that again.  They complain about their monotonous diet.  These are former slaves, recently liberated...Read More

RMM RoundUp April 29, 2016

Thu. Apr. 28, 2016By: FBC Staff

Numbers 6 Many have the Aaronic blessing memorized simply because it has been repeated as a benediction over them many times during a church service. The words may have lost their initial flair for some and is worth meditating on. It would have been very assuring to hear that God desired to bless all of Israel, not just the Levites or consecrated Nazarites. The personal and powerful proper name of the Lord, YHWH, was spoken as a banner over them every morning. Israel needed to remember...Read More

RMM RoundUp April 26, 2016

Tue. Apr. 26, 2016By: Paul Carter

Numbers 3 We often forget that the dedicated service of the Levites did not begin until after the season at Mount Sinai.  You will recall that during the covenant ceremonies at Sinai it was “the young men” generally who served the Lord in a priestly way. And Moses wrote down all the words of the LORD. He rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.  And he sent young men of the people of...Read More

RMM RoundUp April 22, 2016

Thu. Apr. 21, 2016By: FBC Staff

Leviticus 26 At the end of major legal texts in biblical times, it was common to list blessings and curses based on how one responds to the law. For acting in obedience, God promised sufficiency, peace, and His presence. For opposing the law, God warned of deficiency, unrest, and removal of providential blessing. Faithfulness to the covenant granted everything good and rebellion brought a swift hand of discipline.  The only problem is that Israel, along with all humankind, has a...Read More

RMM RoundUp April 20, 2016

Wed. Apr. 20, 2016By: Paul Carter

Leviticus 24 It isn’t often that a passage from Leviticus makes the news, but earlier this week Donald Trump was asked to cite his favourite Bible verse and he quoted from Leviticus 24:19-20: If anyone injures his neighbor, as he has done it shall be done to him, fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; whatever injury he has given a person shall be given to him. (Leviticus 24:19–20 ESV) Evangelical commentators who are very eager to distance themselves from Mr. Trump pounced...Read More

RMM RoundUp April 8, 2016

Thu. Apr. 07, 2016By: FBC Staff

Leviticus 11-12 Most of us do not wrestle with whether we should eat mice or grasshoppers. Our preferences determine what we eat rather than if the food is morally acceptable. So chapter 11 seems foreign to us. But for Israel, these food restrictions continually reminded them that they were God’s chosen people, redeemed to be His holy nation. “For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not defile yourselves with any swarming thing...Read More

RMM RoundUp April 5, 2016

Tue. Apr. 05, 2016By: Paul Carter

Leviticus 8 Chapter 8 is a useful reminder that Leviticus is not merely a book filled with liturgy and law - it is also a history of God’s dealing with his people.  The story in this chapter reflects the desire of God to establish a system of worship in which he would be known and trusted and through which sin could be atoned for.  The purpose behind all of the intricate arrangements to which we are made party is stated in Exodus 29: 43 There I will meet with the people of...Read More

RMM RoundUp April 1, 2016

Fri. Apr. 01, 2016By: FBC Staff

Leviticus 4 The Presence of God brings great blessing but also significance risk. For God to dwell with his people they will need to be purified.  The problem was that Israel was defiled with sin. Like a disease, everything they touched including the tabernacle was marred with the effects of sin. That’s what the sin offering, or purification offering, was intended to address.  One commentator summarizes this chapter well when he says,  “The seriousness of pollution...Read More

RMM RoundUp March 31, 2016

Thu. Mar. 31, 2016By: Paul Carter

Leviticus 2-3 I refer you to the excellent introduction and primer on the Book of Leviticus written by my friend Marc Bertrand, you can find that here. The Book of Leviticus is often the “drop out point” in Bible reading ambitions.  The book seems very foreign, very bloody, very repetitive and very obsolete.  We don’t sacrifice goats or pigeons in the church anymore, so why bother reading about it? Again, I refer you to Pastor Bertrand’s primer, but let me supplement that with a...Read More

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