In this episode Dr. Saleska brings the study of the fourth book of Moses, Numbers, to a conclusion. The Wilderness Wanderings are nearly over, and preparations are being made for the Promised Land. Deuteronomy soon follows.
One interesting puzzle about the account of Balaam and Balak in Numbers is figuring out the role of Balaam. Is he a true prophet or a false prophet? Dr. John Saleska draws the appropriate conclusion at the end of this podcast. You might find it surprising!
Balak, the King of Moab, wants to stop Moses and the Children of Israel. What better way than to hire Balaam, a rather shadowy figure in the Book of Numbers, to put a curse the advancing Israelites. But the move backfires in a most unexpected manner. Dr. John Saleska explains in this episode.
Once again the Children of Israel are complaining, and once again are experience God's anger. This time, however, God's mercy comes in a very different form, one that is referenced for us in the Gospel of John. Listen as Dr. John Saleska takes us through Numbers 21.
Circumstances are difficult for Moses and Aaron. Rebellious Israelites continue to seek power. In this episode the issue is over the priesthood. God intervenes and establishes the priesthood of Aaron in a miraculous way. Listen as Dr. Saleska explains.
Once again the Children of Israel exhibit their rebellious nature as they become impatient with Moses and Aaron. Under the leadership of Korah, a major rebellion occurs. Dr. Saleska explains the outcome.
Numbers 14 contains another incident in which God's patience with the Children of Israel is tested. Listen as Dr. John Saleska takes you through the dialog that spares the Children of Israel, but also results in forty years of wondering in the wilderness.
Why, after all they have been through - and the goal clearly in sight - do the hearts of the people fail them? Only Joshua and Caleb are convinced the promised land is in reach. Find out more from Dr. John Saleska in this podcast.
There is much to be done before the Israelites are ready to leave Mt. Sinai and proceed to the promised land. They assume it will be a short journey. Listen as Dr. Saleska describes their preparations to depart.
In this podcast Dr. Saleska introduces the fourth of the five books of Moses, the book of Numbers. As the book begins a census of the people is taken, and they prepare to move out toward the Promised Land.
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