Gideon takes a group of men and destroys the altar of Baal. People want him to die but he gets a nickname instead. God has more for him to do but Gideon has some doubts and tests God with a fleece. When Gideon agrees to go to battle, God thinks he has too many men with him and comes up with a strange way of reducing the forces. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
To the surprise of no one, Israel engages in idolatry again and finds themselves oppressed by their enemies. Jesus calls Gideon to deliver the people but Gideon is hesitant and wants a sign. Bad things happen when you refuse to listen to God. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
A song is sung by Deborah to cement what God has done in the history of Israel. Why does this song and others have an address to the enemies? Why is God’s interaction with creation so personal? Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Israel is in trouble again, so we are introduced to a prophetess judge named Deborah. A man named Barak is unwilling to go fight without her and so God will deliverer the people’s enemy into the hand of a woman, but which woman? Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Israel is becoming more and more pagan and God sells them to their enemies. A left-handed man has a short sword and a message from God for a fat king. And rest seems to be the thing everyone is after. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
The children of Israel are on the fast-track to bondage. What is so tempting about foreign gods and why do the people turn to them so quickly? The cycle of idolatry, slavery, and deliverance is laid out and God shows Himself to be a good repenter. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Chad and Daniel start the book of Judges in this episode. What is behind the name of the book? How do the tribes of Isreal begin to set themselves up for failure? And a king has his thumbs and big toes cut off. Have a listen!
Chad and Daniel wrap up the book of Joshua. There is a lot of talk about idolatry and the “good words” of God. Joshua dies but before he does he says his most famous words. Does “choose this day who you will serve” mean what we have come to think it means? Have a listen!
The cities of refuge are set up and land is allotted to the tribe of Levi. God doesn’t let His promises “fall” but fulfills them all for everyone. How does God having one plan for both Jews and Gentiles shape our eschatology? And why does the building of an altar almost start a civil war? Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Daniel Emery Price and Erick Sorensen talk with Chad Bird about his Christmas/Communion hymn, The Infant Priest Was Holy Born. It's a conversation filled with rich theology and laughter. Merry Christmas!
People remain in the land and Israel uses them as forced labor. How did it happen and is this what God wanted? Certain tribes want more land and Joshua recommends a solution they are not completely comfortable with. We are introduced to a place called Shiloh and the word “subdue” reappears. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
There is a lot about Caleb in this episode. He is older but no less ready to take the land God has promised them. A strange promise is made involving marriage. Why does Caleb use the word “perhaps”? In God what has become of death? Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Chad and Daniel get from Joshua to Revelation and spend a lot of this episode talking about Armageddon and the return of Christ. Why does God leave things for Israel (and the church) to struggle against? The Promised Land is no new Eden, but a second Adam will come from it. All this is discussed. Have a listen!
As kingdoms rise up against Joshua, we hear some language we’ve heard before concerning horses, chariots, and sand on the seashore. Why is God always stacking the odds against Israel? Were any of the cities in Canaan wanting to make peace? Is Israel the “good guys” and everyone else the “bad guys” in these accounts? Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
We find out what happens to the five kings trapped in a cave and Chad and Daniel spend quite a bit of time discussing violence and death in the Bible. Israel continues the campaign in Canaan and wins battle after battle. But a group of cities joins with an enormous city to fight against Joshua. All this is discussed. Have a listen!
Five kings rise up against Gibeon and Israel rises to their defense. God gets all the credit for what happens in the battle and we are pointed back to the plagues of Egypt. Joshua asks the sun to stand still and it remains day until the battle is won. How are we to understand Joshua’s request and what does it mean that “no man moved his tongue against Israel.”? Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Joshua writes the law on tablets of stone and reads it to the people. Israel’s neighbors trick them into making a covenant with them in a strange way. How will Joshua deal with his promise when he discovers they have been deceived? What do we learn about God and how He keeps his promises? Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Israel makes another attempt to overthrow the city of Ai and this time is successful. God confirms again that Joshua is His appointed leader. Everything is destroyed and something very unpleasant is done to the king of Ai that ends up pointing us to Jesus. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
This episode was recorded live at the Here We Still Stand conference. Chad and Daniel are joined by Erick Sorensen to discuss Psalms 135 and 136 and then take a look at 1 Corinthians 10. Have a listen!
Jericho has fallen but it isn’t all smooth sailing going forward. Someone has “broken faith” and all of Israel feels the consequences. Joshua is questioning everything. A process of elimination reveals the man responsible and the judgment is stern. Yet there is hope in words of Hosea and John the Baptist. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Chad and Daniel continue discussing Joshua’s interaction with the Commander of the Lord’s army and why this is certainly Jesus. Israel is told they will take Jericho but the way they are to do it is very strange. What is going with the number 7 in the people’s instructions? How should we view the destruction of Jericho and difficult texts like it? Have a listen!
Fear strikes the hearts of the people who witness the crossing of the Jordan. Why does God command circumcision for a second time? What does the cross have to do with the Promised Land? There is an order of things established which the church still uses, and the commander of the LORD’S army shows up. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Israel finally crosses the Jordan. God ensures that the people know He is with Joshua in the same way He was with Moses. What is significate about something taking three days? Chad and Daniel have a lot to say about the Jordan River and the role it plays in scripture. All this and more is discussed. Have a listen!
Joshua decides to send out spies and we are introduced to a prostitute named Rahab. Why did the spies go to her house? How does she know about the God of Israel? Why does she lie to save the spies? What is significant about the way she will be saved from the coming war? Chad and Daniel discuss this and more. Have a listen!
Chad and Daniel begin the book of Joshua in this episode. Moses is dead, and Joshua is about to lead the people into the promised land. How should we view Joshua? Is he a prophet, a general, a king? What does God mean when He says to be “strong and courageous”? And how is meditation different for the people of Israel? Have a listen!