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Elijah and Elisha as prophets with the same mission. Unique stature of Elijah among the prophets. Elisha as his chief heir.

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Elisha recognized as the successor of Elijah. His first miracles. The shared ministry of Elijah and Elisha.

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Elijah taken up into heaven by a whirlwind. Comparison with similar figures such as Enoch and Mary.

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Elijah commanded to prophesy the death of Ahaziah. Fate of the soldiers sent to arrest him.

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The sin of Jehoshaphat. Ahaziah, injured, prays to Beelzebub.

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Battle at Ramoth-Gilead. Disguise and death of Ahab. Vessels of wrath.

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Jehoshaphat and Ahab summon prophets before battle. Oracles and arrest of Micaiah.

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Elijah sent to accuse Ahab. Ahab's gesture of repentance. League against Assyria.

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The plot against Naboth. Jezebel's involvement. Corruption of the judicial process.

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The second Syrian campaign. Ahab's pride. The plans of God.

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Ben-Hadad attacks Samaria. Israel's victory.

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Encounter with God atop the mountain. Elijah's new mission. Investiture of Elisha. 

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God's concern for the rebels and Gentiles. Jezebel's threat. Elijah's flight to the desert.

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Elijah's prayer. Fate of the prophets of Baal. Elijah races a chariot.

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The faith of Obadiah. Meeting with Ahab. The prophets of Baal.

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Appearance of Elijah. The widow at Zarephath. Parallels in the Gospel.

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Origins and mission of Elijah. The divided kingdom. Embrace of paganism by Israel.

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Laws concerning inheritance by marriage. Continual rebellion of the people. The kindness of God.

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Religion and practices of the Canaanites. The boundaries of the Promised Land. Cities of refuge.

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A recap of the Midianite extermination, and the preparations for battling into the Promised Land.

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A description of Moses' final required act from God. The process and reasoning surrounding the extermination of the midianites.

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The plan of the book. Free-will offerings. General features of Jewish law.

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The daily, weekly, monthly, and holy-day sacrifices. Each feast has a covenantal and agricultural meaning, as well as a New Testament fulfillment. 

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A discusiion on inheritance and what it took to keep the family line alive in ancient times. As well as the transition of leadership from Moses to Joshua.

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A description of the second census and how it impacted all of the tribes (military participation, land allotment, etc).

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Further efforts by Balaam. The faith of Phinehas. Danger of false prophets and teachers.

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The final oracle of Balaam. First prophecy of a Hebrew King. Fates of the surrounding nations.

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A discussion on Numbers Chapter 22 which includes a detailed account of Balaam the ancient prophet/sorcerer/shaman.

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A discussion on Numbers Chapter 21 which includes territorial disputes, an introduction to Balaam, and fiery serpents and their connection to Christ.

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Unfaithfulness of Moses at Meribah. Negotiations with Edom. Succession of Eleazar. God's unchanging standards.

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The sign of the rods. God reaffirms Aaron's authority. The law of the red heifer.

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A discussion/explanation of priestly vestments and their connection to Christ. As well as the dramatic narrative of Moses Aaron and Korah.

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The Hebrews experiencing the wilderness, and a description of the offers made to God.

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The mission of the spies. Revolt at Kadesh Barnea. Banishment of the Hebrews to the wilderness.

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The punishment of quails. Discontent of Miriam and Aaron.

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The morale of the Hebrews and their relationship with God and Moses.

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The marching order of the tribes, and a description of their situation and attitude.

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Celebrating Passover in the desert. God leads the nation. Demands of holiness in the modern Church.

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Sacrifices made for the dedication. Connection to modern sacrifices and offerings.

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A discussion on marriage, Nazirites, blessings, and a continuation of the theme of redemption.

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A discussion on the laws found in the book of Numbers. The true meaning behind the sign of peace. A continuation of the theme of redemption.

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Census of the adult Levites. The role of priests and rabbis. Redemption as the theme of Numbers.

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Geography of the Sinai peninsula. Census of the infant Levites.

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A discussion on the population of Israel, the Levites, and the ancient logistics of moving two million people.

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This is an introduction into the book of Numbers. The discussion revolves around the importance of the book, and the many fascinating treasures it contains.

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Teaching on vows in Deuteronomy, Ecclesiastes, and the Gospels. Conclusion to the book of Leviticus. God's commands open the way of life to us.

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Laws concerning the voluntary dedication of persons, animals, houses, and land to God. The means of redeeming a dedicated thing.

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A continuation of the discussion of Leviticus Chapter 26:

1. Blessings from keeping God's law.

2. Penalties/Curses as consequences of disobedience (the discipline of a loving God).

3. Assurance and restoration.

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A discussion of Leviticus Chapter 26:

1. Blessings from keeping God's law.

2. Penalties/Curses as consequences of disobedience (the discipline of a loving God).

3. Assurance and restoration.

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The institution of the Sabbath year for the land. The Jubilee year.

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Laws concerning the maintenance of the altar. Jesus's citation of David consuming the priests' bread. Limitations on vengeance.

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Keeping the Sabbath and holy days. Israelite feasts and their connection to the New Testament.

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This part focuses primarily on the expectations and conduct of the priesthood in the time of Leviticus. Acceptable and unacceptable sacrifices to God.

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Proper behavior towards strangers and other disadvantaged persons. Penalties for breaking the law. The universal call to holiness.

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Holiness as separation. Strictures against mistreating slaves and various forms of idolatry.

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The remaining commandments are discussed. Proper treatment of one's neighbor is described in detail. An understanding of the treatment of loans, wages, and retribution derived from the commandments.

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The Ten Commandments are discussed. The obligations of the Jews to God is explained in detail. 

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A discussion of Leviticus chapter 18 (and Acts 15) focusing on laws regarding sexual immorality, idolatry, gentiles, and homosexuality. 

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Condemnation of the offering of blood to satyrs. Strictures regarding unclean meat and the slaughtering of animals far from the tabernacle.

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The prescriptions for properly slaughtering a sacrificial animal. Avoidance of creeping idolatry.

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A detailed run-through of: clean and unclean animals, skin diseases, bodily discharges, purity in childbirth, and the day of atonement.

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Delving into laws that are foreign to our modern way of thinking, and understanding ritual impurity, moral impurity, profanity, and the conditions for coming into God's holy realm.

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Priests represent the people before God: Christ had to be incarnated in order to represent us. The danger of presuming upon God's grace.

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The gravity of priestly responsibilities. Christ's fulfillment of the Aaronic order.

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The priestly office as exercised by patriarchs in the book of Genesis. The transgressions of the sons of Aaron.

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The nature of the priesthood as intermediaries between sinful humanity and a perfect God.

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Christ's sacrifice on the cross parallels and perfects the Levitical offerings. Exploration of these connections in the letter to the Hebrews.

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Sacrifices depend on following the prescribed rites with the proper interior disposition. A survey of Biblical examples.

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The Levitical sacrifices do not operate through their own inherent value but because they are commanded by God.

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We must not take God's mercy for granted. He is generous with His mercy, but He is still a Holy and all-powerful God, not a mere friend.

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Celebratory meals of fellowship are done with others and with God, foreshadowing the Eucharistic sacrifice. However, they require one to be ritually clean and unstained by sin, similar to how the Eucharist requires us to be in a state of grace. Yet God is eager for us to seek that forgiveness.

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In this episode we begin discussing the basic structure of burnt offerings and cereal offerings.

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Sacrifice commonly has a connotation as a loss to Westerners, but in Leviticus it can be done for all the reasons of prayer: for thanksgiving, for mourning, for please for forgiveness or help. Sacrifice makes prayer concrete.

By the way, last week I accidentally reposted the same content as a new episode. I'm sorry for the mistake!

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Just like how Jesus was divinity clothed in flesh, so also is Leviticus the love of God clothed in the letter of the law.

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The book is divided into parts: It describes a mechanism God gives to heal our brokenness through sacrifice. It describes a priesthood provided to the people as a buffer between humanity and God's awesome holiness. Finally it oultines a standard for how we can know what is true or false, helpful or hurtful even today.

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Metaphors of holiness are discussed, especialy the relationship between whole and holiness. God is calling us back to holiness and wholeness. The main theme of Leviticus is that God is holy: that is, separated from evil and all defect. His holiness is not mere supreme ethics but supreme divinity. Finally there are some notes on skeptical critical scholars who suggest Leviticus was written long after Moses.

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Leviticus is a difficult book. It is seemingly a tedious book of regulations. However, each rule is an example of how we are called to holiness. It is concrete guidance from God that is still relevant to Christians today.

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Ezekiel illustrates a life-giving river flowing from the Temple. Overall This description of a Temple encourages us to read more from Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy to understand Jewish worship to appreciate the description of the Temple and the Mass. This is the last episode of the Ezekiel study, thank you for listening.

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God will place the Levites who presided over idolatry in the lesser roles of his temple, whereas the loyal sons of Zadok will minister directly to God. There will be strict separation between what is holy and what is common.

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God came from the East, the earth shone with His glory. He notes how the Israelites have disrespected the temple in multiple ways, and asserts that things will change from now on.

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The Temple as described is a specifically Hebrew temple, where access to God is limited and well protected. The imagery and measurements represent categories of holiness, not a secret code for conspiracies.

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Ezekiel receives the vision of the new Temple a quarter century into exile. It mirrors the vision of God departing from the Temple earlier in the book.

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Ezekiel's final chapters describe a vision of a Temple of God in great detail. It does not match Solomon's Temple (not destroyed), the second Temple, or Herod's renovation of the second Temple. Is this description of a physical temple to be realized, or something symbolic? The existence of a Temple is a primary concern for Jews both historical and contemporary.

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We believe that this prophecy of Gog will be fulfilled, but how and when it will happen is a subject of much debate. Ultimately however it will be God's might that achieves Gog's defeat rather than our efforts.

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Ezekiel, Joel, and Revelation all tell of an invading army from the north who will attack the Israelites and yet be destroyed by a cataclysm.

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Ezekiel has a vision of a battle at the end times, where a horde of barbarian horsemen from many faraway nations seek to invade Israel. While striking one must be careful about speculating about specific political events through this vision.

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God shows Ezekiel a vision of a valley of dry bones that symbolize Israel. He promises to raise up these bones and breathe new life into them, resurrecting the nation of Israel and foreshadowing the promise of everlasting life in Christianity.

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The Lord promises to clean the Israelites from their idol worship and to return them to a culture of carefully obeying his Law. This is not a new covenant, but a new spirit of faithfulness to the original covenant. Likewise Christians have had their new covenant through Christ, but to realize the promises we must allow God to work through us to carefully carry out His work.

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It sometimes appears that God's promises are not fulfilled. But it is not because God is not faithful, but oftentimes because the people to whom he makes his promises are not faithful themselves and must be punished. However ultimately God will be more faithful than his people for the sake of his name.

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The Lord turns to judge Edom, the nation from the line of Esau. Edomites have held a perpetual hatred against the Israelites, and their opportunistic attack against Israel enraged the Lord. Even though the Lord was punishing Israel, He ultimately promised this land to them, and it was not Edom's to take, nor Edom's right to indulge their violence and hate.

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The Lord promises that both He and the Son of David will be a Shepherd for His people, prophesying the future Messiah.

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Ezekiel prophecies against the "Shepherds:" politicians, religious leaders, and teachers who do not care for their flock spiritually or physically and instead only enjoy the privileges of leadership. Christianity has many modern examples among the clergy today.

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Jerusalem has fallen, but the few survivors have not learned to change their ways. Just because they survived this onslaught does not mean they are free from God's wrath if they continue to sin.

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God takes no pleasure in killing the wicked, but in the wicked turning back from their evil ways. It's not that we are trying to achieve a net positive when comparing sin and virtue, but whether we are turned toward Him or away from Him at the end.

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The Lord offers hope beyond the punishment. He sets Ezekiel as a watchman, responsible for warning people if their sins will lead them to destruction. Whether or not they repent, if Ezekiel knows that they are in danger of destruction, and does not warn them, he is responsible. So are we also set as watchmen.

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Egypt was one of the most prosperous ancient civilizations. The Lord plans on punishing Egypt for their duplicity in their military agreements with Israel. Babylon will come through and plunder Egypt, leaving it to forever be a shadow of its former glory.

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The Lord compares the King of Tyre to Lucifer. The King's hubris will lead him to challenge Babylon and lose. The Lord will judge all nations that coerce or attack innocent countries. He will deliver the innocent from the thorns that attack them, though this may not happen in this lifetime.

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Tyre had vast access to many markets: Persia and many Africans. Tyre produced a royal purple dye from shellfish that was very valuable. Their markets had all kinds of exotic goods. Among other things, Tyre is a center for slave trade. The King of Tyre considers himself a god, and will soon find out how incorrect this is.

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Tyre will suffer the rather of many nations as part of God's punishment for their perverse pleasure in Israel's demise. This prophecy is controversial, partially because Tyre is able to survive long sieges. However, over the course of history it faces opponent after opponent, eventually succumbing to Alexander the Great.

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God intends to punish the Ammonites, the Edomites, and the Phillistines. Some of them are punished merely for an attitude of malicious glee at the punishment of Israel. This should make us think twice about our own attitudes about our enemies.

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