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Missteps and failures of Joash. His crime against the high priest. Joash assassinated by his servants.

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Athaliah slain by the palace guards. Joash crowned king. Renewal of the covenant between God, the king, and the people.

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Athaliah slaughters the heirs of David. Joash rescued by Jehosheba and Jehoiada.

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Jehu exterminates the priests of Baal and destroys his temple. The dangers of syncretism. The patience of God.

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Death of Jezebel. Jehu slaughters the sons and allies of Ahab.

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The army recognizes Jehu as king. Jehu rides to Jezreel and slays Joram and Ahaziah.

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The coming overthrow of the house of Ahab. Elisha sends an emissary to anoint Jehu king.

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The king of Israel meets the Shunammite woman. Hazael becomes king in Damascus. A son of Ahab rules Judah.

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The report of the lepers. Elisha's prophecy fulfilled. Disbelief of the captain.

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Samaria invested by the Syrian army. Conditions within the city. Elisha prophesies an end to the famine.

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The kings of Syria. Their wars with Israel and Judah. Hasiel anointed king by Elijah at the direction of God. 

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The King of Syria attacks Elisha's city. His army miraculously stricken blind.

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Naaman afflicted with leprosy. His encounter with Elisha. Fate of Elisha's servant Gehazi.

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The wealthy woman of Shunnam. Her son and his miraculous restoration. Death in the pot.

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The family of Obadiah. Miracle of the oil pot. God provides for those who trust in Him.

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Prophecy of Elisha. Miraculous water in the desert. Sack of Moab.

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Anointing and early career of Elisha. League against Moab.

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History of the kingdom of Israel. Revolt of the northern tribes. Appearance of Elijah at a moment of crisis.

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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.

Direct download: Numbers_5a_Lecture_17.mp3
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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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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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