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Posts from January 2020

Leviticus 12 – A Clean Quiz

Let’s do something a little different for this week’s Cutting Room Floor Blog.  Here’s a quiz to see who was paying attention and can best apply the concepts in today’s sermon.             Remember: the first person to email me a perfect score of correct answers gets a prize!             The first three questions come directly from the sermon.  The rest separate the wheat from the chaff! Question #1: Is it a sin to be unclean?             A) Always             B)…

Leviticus 10 – Weirdo Philo and Naked Nadab and Abihu

Philo was a Jewish philosopher who lived around the time of Jesus.  He wrote a commentary on the Pentateuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy), much of which uses what is called the “allegorical method” of interpretation.  As a result of allegorizing, he comes up with some pretty strange interpretations sometimes.             One of those interpretations is that Nadab and Abihu—the two unfortunate priests who were burned up by God’s glory for offering “unauthorized fire” in Lev 10—were actually offering themselves as a…

Why Did Aaron’s Sons “Present the Blood to Him” (Lev 9:9)?

During Aaron’s first priestly work after the inauguration week of Lev 8, at one point Aaron’s sons “presented the blood to him.”  The blood is the blood of the Sin Offering, the first offering Aaron makes in his official role as High Priest.             What is this about?  During our study of Lev 1–7, we never read anything about other priests presenting blood.  Why are Aaron’s sons holding blood?             The Mishnah may give us a clue.  The Mishnah is…