Category: Numbers

  • Sons of God

    In a straight reading of the first part of Genesis 6, verse 3 seems oddly placed. Verses 1 and 2 are beginning to tell about men multiplying on earth and the Sons of God taking wives of the daughters of men. Then comes verse 3, where God interjects that his spirit will not always strive […]

  • Giant killers

    God does what He says He’s going to do. In Numbers 13, Yahweh tells Moses to send spies into the land that He is giving to the people of Israel. This is the land that had been promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and now God is bringing His people in to give it to […]

  • Blood curse

    God pronounced a blood curse on the royal family of Judah in Jeremiah 22: Is this man Coniah a despised, broken pot, a vessel no one cares for? Why are he and his children hurled and cast into a land that they do not know? O land, land, land, hear the word of the Lord! […]

  • Balaam’s oracles

    Balaam takes up seven discourses, four of them “against” Israel which points to Israel’s “fourness” – that is, that Israel is the land (four corners of the earth). There seem to be hints of a creation theme sprinkled throughout. The third oracle talks a bit about plants: Like palm groves that stretch afar,like gardens beside […]