The Sermon on the Mount begins with the wonderful disorientation of the beatitudes: nine statements which demand a complete re-evaluation of what we consider an ideal life to look like. It’s nothing less than a demand that we Change our Values, by changing what we value.
Numbers 33’s careful enumeration of all the stages in Israel’s journey from slavery to their promised land, followed by a clarion call to drive out the people’s living there completely, serve to issue two challenges
On the verge of entering the long awaited promised land, two of the twelve tribes who made up the people of Israel said to Moses, Do not make us cross the Jordan Num. 32:5 They had found what they thought was a better home in Gilead. Meanwhile, half of another tribe were so committing to…
After the offerings detailed in Numbers 28-29 which maintain the relationship between God and his people, chapter 30 turns to the relationships among the people, specifically those between Men and Women