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!
Chad and Daniel wrap up Deuteronomy and in doing so finish the Torah. There are blessings spoken to each tribe of Israel. Moses dies, and God buries him. And Joshua is full of the Spirit and wisdom as he begins to lead. Moses is unique in the scriptures but it’s time to say goodbye to him. Have a listen!
God gives Moses some bad news, Joshua is commissioned to lead, and Moses sings a song that will remain with Israel forever. Why do things go badly so quickly after Moses is gone? What promises are in the song of Moses? And why is God’s concern for His name very good news? Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
The promise made to Abraham is for the whole world but neither the world nor Israel believe it. Idolatry is always the biggest issue to God. God says the word is very near. What does this mean and why does Paul quote it later in Romans? Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
The words of the law are to be written on stones. Why is iron not allowed to be used when building the altar? Why does God love feasts and parties? There are a lot of ways to become accursed. And we see just how accursed and sinful Christ had to become. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Why are Israelites told to say, “my father was a wandering Aramean” and why is it significant? God institutes offerings to remind the people who the land belongs to. God tells the people to invite outsiders to celebrate with them. If Israel was evangelistic in the beginning, what changed over time? And God makes a statement about his people that Peter will take to the church. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
God puts some interesting laws in place regarding the first year of marriage, loaning money, kidnapping, and skin conditions. God is concerned with how Israelites treat each other in very practical ways. Someone is not allowed to die for someone else’s sins and that has radical implications for the work of Christ. Chad and Daniel discuss all this and more. Have a listen!
Things get strange if a man accuses his new wife of not being a virgin and it turns out God is not a fan of lying. There are a lot of punishments that the law allows but rarely seem to be carried out. Why is a law against marrying your father’s wife even necessary? What happens if a runaway slave comes to Israel? Chad and Daniel discuss these things and more. Have a listen!
Chad and Daniel have to deal with a bunch of odd things in this episode. What if someone wants to marry a captive woman? How does inheritance work when you have sons from multiple wives? How bad does a son have to be before he is stoned? What do we do with strange laws and how does a body hanging from a tree help us understand? Have a listen!
God instructs Israel to set up cities of refuge to protect people from revenge killings. Clever land stealing is prohibited and rules for witnesses in trials are set up. God has some things to say about warfare, fear, and Chaplains. And what does Israel do in the case of unsolved murders? Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
The fact that Israel has no king sets them apart from other nations but God knows the people will demand one eventually. What are the rules God makes for choosing a king? What does He require a king to do? How does this play out in the history of Israel? A true king and prophet is coming and He is like Moses and yet not like Moses at all. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
God is concerned with justice so He puts rules in place for Judges. How does the belief in ONE God separate Israel from the rest of the world? Why were early Christian called atheists? Why is the penalty for proven idol worship so severe? Why is there so much capital punishment in the law of God? Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
God says there shouldn’t be “poor” people but then tells the people how to treat the poor. What is going on there? What is the sabbatical year and what does it and voluntary servitude tell us about the freedom we’ve been given in Christ? The people of God have to act with haste but a time is coming when that will no longer be the case. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
God tells the people not to do certain things for the sake of the dead and to refrain from eating different animals. Why does God command these things? What does grief have to do with this? How do we reconcile these things we Christian freedom? How do we respond to those who would seek to place Christians back under the law? Should we “unhitch” from the Old Testament? Well, that depends on what you mean. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
God says not to trust people or prophets if their words don’t line up with what God has spoken. But what if they perform signs and wonders? Does that validate what they say? Is the revelation God has given sufficient? Why is God so harsh with idolatry and why does His judgment seem to extend so far? How does this point us to Christ? Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
God tells the people to destroy all the worship places in the land He has given to Israel. What exactly is He doing in this command? What is He preserving by destroying these other things? How does God placing His name in the Tabernacle point to Jesus and the Trinity? The people are reminded not to consume blood and God condemns the sacrifice of children. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
God reminds His people that He does not wink at sin. Why is it so important for us to remember all the things God has done in scripture? How do we participate in these stories now? Is it ever ok to read yourself into the Old Testament? God says the Promised Land will be different than Egypt in an interesting way. God puts forward a blessing and a curse based on hearing His word. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
God makes sure that Israel understands why He destroyed certain nations and why He gave them the promised land. Is the Old Testament about works while the New Testament is about grace? What does God mean that people are stubborn and stiff-necked? Is there anything more stubborn than sinners? Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!