We are bidden to the forbidden feast, a table where bread and wine are not only served to us as priest-kings, but irretrievably mixed together inside us, nourishment and shalom united at last.
Nimrod was a mighty hunter “in God’s face.” Once we put him into a “Tabernacle” context, we can understand his motivation and role on the cultic stage.
The altar of God is barbaric and burdensome only to those who are ignorant of the horrors which it restrains. A taste of death holds back the judgment.
The abandonment of worship was the underlying cause of the Great Flood. In contrast, the tower and city of Babel established false worship. Evil learns.
The modern practice of dismantling the Bible into a shambles of documents authored in response to disparate historical events rather than viewing it as a unified testimony inspired by God is a surefire way to miss what is actually going on in the text. This failure is compounded by an outright refusal to accept Genesis 1-3 as the foundation for the entire metanarrative.
Jacob’s sons would contemptuously combine two acts of bloodshed – a mercy commanded by God and a vengeance abhorred by God – for the sake of their own honor. There would be no animal substitute for the firstborn of believing Hamor.
The seduction of Dinah and the retaliation by her brothers is given to us as a five act play. Through this structure, the author cleverly links these tragic events to their greater significance within the “fivefold” Abrahamic Covenant.
The revival of debate over the “eternal subordination of the Son” boils down to yet another attempt by Christian academia to solve the biblical jig saw puzzle with no reference to the picture on the box.
In the third cycle of John’s first epistle, the apostle employs the themes of ascension – the firstfruits of the land and the womb, lawgiving at Sinai, and “Levitical” purity – in his exhortation to the New Covenant Israel. But these saints had assembled at a better mountain.
In the second cycle of John’s first epistle, John shifts his focus from the Tabernacle itself to the guardians of worship, from Transcendence to Hierarchy.