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Resolved to be Unresolved

Resolved to be Unresolved

As the end of 2017 looms, talk turns to the making of resolutions for the new year. In this, I am a non-participant, perhaps even an anti-new-year-resolutionist. My reason for eschewing New Year’s Resolutions is simple; if there is something that I...

From serpent to salvation

From serpent to salvation

Numbers covers some 40 years of time between two generations of Israelites, the people numbered in two censuses taken out by Moses as instructed by the LORD.  As in previous chapters, the Lord appeared to be strict, demanding and harsh to the people...

Dangerous Expectations

Dangerous Expectations

A priest I’ve known for many years always wishes me a “Blessed” Christmas this time of year.  Never a “Merry” Christmas.  Never a “Happy Christmas.”  And most certainly, never “have a good one.” After he had done this a couple times, I overcame my...

The Mosaic Covenant

The Mosaic Covenant

  These are the crucial chapters where the LORD laid down His laws — “the first covenant” with Moses on Mount Sinai.  Here are His expectations from the people of Israel, especially that they would recognize him and serve him as “the one living...

The Chosen People’s Hard Path

The Chosen People’s Hard Path

Exodus is a continuity of God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in Genesis. Through Moses, God continues to fulfill His promises to His chosen people, the sons of Israel. The 430 years of slavery for the people of Israel in Egypt (Ex 12:40)...