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Posts from December 2019

Tabernacle Toilets? (Leviticus 8)

Leviticus 8 tells us that during the ordination ceremony, Aaron and his four sons had to stay inside the entrance of the tent of meeting for seven days, upon fear of death (8:33, 35). This raises the natural question: where, then, did the priests-to-be take care of business?             We’ve already seen from Leviticus 6:16 that the priests were required to eat certain parts of the sacrificial meal “in a holy place.  In the court of the tent of meeting they…

What Does It Mean To Have a “Good Name”?

Proverbs 22:1 reads, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold” (ESV).             What does it mean to have “a good name”? Certainly it relates to one’s reputation. It cannot be bought, otherwise it wouldn’t be more valuable than silver or gold.             One aspect I didn’t have time to explore in the sermon was how the context of Proverbs 22 might help answer that question. Bruce Waltke, in his excellent…

Leviticus 7b – What Does It Mean To Be “Cut Off”?

I grew up in New Jersey.  Which means I’ve been “cut off” multiple times.  However, I’ve never been “cut off” in a Levitical-sort of way!             Leviticus 7:20 says, “the person who eats of the flesh of the sacrifice of the LORD’s peace offerings while an uncleanness is on him, that person shall be cut off from his people” (all Scripture in ESV).  What does it mean, to be “cut off” from the people?             Jacob Milgrom, a revered Jewish…