[Num 23:7-10] 7 And Balaam took up his discourse and said, "From Aram Balak has brought me, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains: 'Come, curse Jacob for me, and come, denounce Israel!' 8 How can I curse whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced? 9 … Continue reading The Four Oracles of Balaam
King Ahaz ordered the removal of a portico on the house of the Lord, presumably to use its materials as payment to the king of Assyria. This was a remarkably desperate act; cannibalizing a beautification to the house of the Lord, searching for something of worldly value to sell. He had already given virtually all … Continue reading Ahaz & the Altar
Every human organization's end is very much like its beginnings. As Jeroboam stood where he should not-over an altar, typically reserved to priests- a "man of God" from Judah foretold how the religious portion of Jeroboam's rebellion would be resolved. Jeroboam had claimed for himself the right as king to decide authoritatively on religious matters … Continue reading Jeroboam and the Man of God
Two things are simultaneously true about the current Catholic Church scandals: 1) Scandal is a constant part of human life, especially of large organizations; 2) The present crisis in the Catholic Church is unique and unprecedented and deserves not to have its uniqueness be muddied. Scandal is of a particularly evil quality when the institution … Continue reading On Authority and Scandal
Solomon spent many hours spent seated in the enormous square-roomed summer loft of his palace, where the only external stimulus were cool flowing winds and the ambient tranquility of chirping birds. He had crafted this place as a personal sanctuary away from the imminent concerns of the country. He rarely allowed others into this place, … Continue reading Solomon’s Early Years
This is a question that was posed to me through a family member by someone curious about Christianity, and I immediately liked the question because it brought to my mind some oft-glossed over things in Christian circles. We are so embedded in our own culture, which heavily prioritizes the "new" over the "old," such that … Continue reading Why is Jesus called Christ?
Roots of the Splintering of the Kingdom of Israel The proper context is now laid for why Solomon had the kingdom rent away. Jeroboam’s origins become important, mostly detailed in 1 Kings 11–12 and 2 Chronicles 10. Solomon and Judah’s corruption are manifest to all, and consequently God raises up adversaries to the one who … Continue reading Jeroboam Part 2: The Rise of Jeroboam