Numbers 5-8: Purity, vows and consecration.

September 14, 2015. Daily Reading: Numbers 5-8. Background: Numbers 1-4. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 5 1. Uncleanness,┬áconfession and restitution: The first half of this chapter deals with some of the social aspects of the law, opening with the command to have all the people who were unclean in terms of the law to go outside…

I Samuel 1-6: In the days of Samuel.

March 17, 2015. Daily Reading: I Samuel 1-6. Background: The book of Samuel begins in the latter times of the Judges and quickly develops into the monarchy of Israel, with Saul being anointed the first king in chapter nine. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 1 A mother’s faith:┬áSimilar to other stories such as Abraham and Sarah…

The vow of a Nazarite.

December 7, 2014. There is a concept that is put forth in Numbers 6 that is very interesting to me- the Nazarite vow. It would seem there are several instances in scripture that designate certain positions that take on a higher responsibility than the rest of the people, usually in the form of leadership. Such…

3 lessons from one man’s mistakes.

September 18, 2014. Some time ago, there lived a man who was something of a prodigy. His mother and father feared God and brought him up to know the Lord. You might say that he had a closer connection with God than most of us, at least in appearance, for he had taken a vow…