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Israel’s Rebellion in the Wilderness
February 11, 2017 by Timothy Mackie
In last week’s blog, we explored Israel’s central sacrificial ritual, the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16). No matter what happened, Israel’s sins were covered and removed for yet another year. Now that Israel has a working tabernacle, the tribes are organized and prepared to leave the mountain.
Old Rituals & New Realities
February 4, 2017 by Tim Mackie & Aeron Sullivan
In last week’s blog, we talked about animal sacrifice within the context of the Ancient Israelite culture. If we lost you at “animal sacrifice,” we suggest you go back and read that blog first! We explored how these sacred rituals were symbols of God’s love and mercy for the Israelites.
Animal Sacrifice? Really?
January 29, 2017 by Tim Mackie & Aeron Sullivan
There is a chance that when you enter Leviticus and start reading about animal sacrifice, you’ll want to shut down. This is so foreign to the life experience of modern Westerners; most people simply don’t have categories for what’s happening here.
When Pharaoh’s Heart Grew Harder
January 21, 2017 by Timothy Mackie
Let’s be honest, Exodus 1-18 is a super intense part of the biblical story, which raises some heavy theological questions. The epic showdown between God and Pharaoh over the fate of the enslaved Israelites is a page-turner. Pharoah is a really bad man—actually the worst person we have met in the Bible so far. As you read these stories, you may be tempted to ask, who is really calling the shots here?
Biblical Storytelling : Repetition & Themes
January 14, 2017 by Tim Mackie
Another crucial skill for reading the Bible effectively is learning how the biblical authors have designed these books to make the main ideas clear.
God Has a Name.. Many, Actually!
January 7, 2017 by Tim Mackie
Have you ever been reading the Bible, especially the Old Testament, and thought God seems to be called by a lot of names? Who is this Yahweh, Elohim, El Roi, Adonai, Savior, Redeemer, and Angel of the Lord? What happened to the simple Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
Genesis & Ancient Cosmic Geography
January 1, 2017 by Tim Mackie & Aeron Sullivan
The Bible is historically the most well-read, well-circulated, commonly quoted, yet widely-criticized book of all time. There is no shortage of topics to debate, and pages one and two of Genesis have unfortunately been a frontrunner for controversy due to the creation vs. evolution debate.
The Birth of Jesus
December 24, 2016 by The Bible Project
For 400 years before Jesus’ birth, God was silent. He spoke no prophetic words, psalms or encouragement to His people. And then one day, He appeared and made a fairly significant announcement. What was the message that would compel God to break His silence?
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