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Does God Really Live in a Tent?

week 12 conclusion

The tabernacle is finally dedicated – Exodus chapter 40.  The conclusion of the book of Exodus.  But what will go on to happen to that tent after it becomes a Temple during Solomon’s reign?  This week in UNCONVINCED we’ll take a quick tour of the history of the Jerusalem Temple, what became of it when Jesus arrived and why it’s role was made obsolete in the plan of Yahweh.

This week’s resource sheet – click here:  Week 12 Handout

Come out for the concluding installment of Exodus for the Unconvinced.  We meet during the second hour in the Atrium along the north wall.  Mind the construction this week!  We’re moving things around.

Eye for Eye, Tooth for Tooth.

Week 11 capital punishment

Come on out this week at UNCONVINCED where we’ll have College Pastor Jared Kliewer as our guest presenter.  We’re continuing our series on Yahweh versus Jesus.  As always we scan the pages of our Old Testament looking for tough questions modern readers are bound to have.   Come join us in the Atrium at 10:45 Sunday morning at Christ Community Church.

Here’s the link to Week 11:  capital punishent – week 11 handout

 

The 10 Commandments aren’t the Most Important! – Jesus

Week 10 Greatest Command

How can you say that?  The Decalogue (10 Commandments) are the very words of Yahweh, given to the Israelites  through Moses atop a smoking hot Mt. Horeb! This is serious!  The Ten Things were the core foundation of the whole Mosaic covenant!  When Moses shattered them in front of the people as a reaction to their idolatry, hearts stopped!  Breaking these ended everything!

Click here for this session’s resource sheet:   Week 10 Handout

Of course we know the rest of the story.  Yahweh and the people reconcile through Moses’ humble and daring leadership.  He trudges back down the mountain with two fresh copies of the Decalogue.  Everything was back on track.  Until Jesus came and blew everyone’s minds.

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mar 12:28-31 NIV).

In Jesus’ view, as important as the Decalogue  was and is yet today, there was something even more foundational.  Love for God.  Jesus promotes the Shema over the Decalogue as THE most important.  10 Commandment quoting Christians today might do well to rethink their fundamentalism.  Without diminishing the importance of the 10 Things, Jesus gives us a single unifying mandate of love.

This week we’ll discuss among other things why Christians tend to be so legalistic and how the Greatest Commandment is in such dire need today in order to restore our credibility to a world dying for real love.  Come on out and join us at UNCONVINCED.  We meet in the Atrium at Christ Community during the second service starting at 10:45.

Why is a Male worth 50 Shekels but a Female worth only 30?

Week 09 Women

Ok, so last week in UNCONVINCED we talked about slavery.  This week, we’re digging in again on another thorny question for the Old Testament.  Women.  Why didn’t God seem to give them equal treatment? Everyone knows that just because polygamy happened in the Old Testament doesn’t mean God approved of it.  But just like with the slavery issue, we can certainly imagine God being clearer, sooner about his will.  It seems like God tolerates polygamy.  A few other frequently cited imbalances in the Old Testament:

1- Why is nearly every verse of Leviticus 18 written with an implicit male audience?  Shouldn’t scripture speak with more parity to men and women?’

2- Why aren’t there any commandments demanding proof of men’s virginity before marriage rites are granted (Deut 22)?

3- Why do so many really famous men in the Old Testament seem to get away with adultery – shouldn’t David have been stoned (along with Bathsheba by the way) if Mosaic law were followed in his case 2 Sam 11-12?

4- Why is the valuation amount for males greater than that for females in Leviticus (below)?

5- Why are all the priests Yahweh assigns to the tabernacle male?  Exod 28-29

Download resource sheet here:  Week 9 Resource Sheet

Come on out and join in the discussion.  We’ll start with a look at both sides of the issue.  There are several notable exceptions to Old Testament patriarchy that we’ll consider.  We’ll compare what the Old Testament has to say about women.  And we’ll review an idea we discussed last week:  Redemptive Movement Hermeneutic.  Each week UNCONVINCED meets in the Atrium at Christ Community Church at 10:45.

NIV Leviticus 271-4″ The LORD said to Moses,2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If anyone makes a special vow to dedicate a person to the LORD by giving the equivalent value, set the value of a male between the ages of twenty and sixty at fifty shekels of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel;  for a female, set her value at thirty shekels.”