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.
In Numbers Chapter 20 Moses loses his cool, and the result is serious for both Moses and Aaron. Dr. John Saleska givces the full explanation of the events at Meribah in this episode. Don’t miss it!
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.
Listen as Dr. Saleska describes the difficulty the Children of Israel encounter when they complain about not having enough meat. There are lessons to be learned here!
In this episode Dr. Saleska describes the difficulties of managing all these people as they are in the desert, and dissatisfaction with the menu surfaces.
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.
Dr. Saleska takes us through Numbers 4, 5 & 6 in this episode. The discussion concludes with an Trinitarian explanation of the Aaronic Benediction.
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.
In this episode Dr. Saleska introduces the festivals – annual worship events – described in the Book of Leviticus and connects them to the message of Jesus Christ.
In this episode Dr. Saleska takes us deeper into the theology of the Day of Atonement, and draws out the implications for New Testament theology and the Gospel message of Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection.