The story of Balaam is one of the most unusual in the Bible. Evidently, like Job of an earlier age, Balaam was not a part of the covenant people of Israel; nevertheless, he enjoyed a relationship with God. That relationship is reflected by the fact that he knew (yadah) God. This means that his relationship was based on a very real interactive experience with God that went far beyond just knowing aboutGod. Indeed, Balaam possessed a very unique God-given gift. [Read more…]
The question of “clean and unclean” is one of the most obscure Biblical concepts to Christians (a better choice of words would be “pure and defiled”). The commandments dealing with this subject appear to deal with a range of unrelated issues that the church chooses to ignore. Hopefully, we will be able to shed some light on importance of these concepts.
The main issue concerning “clean and unclean” is stated in Leviticus 15:31.
Thus you shall keep the sons of Israel separated from their uncleanness, lest they die in their uncleanness by their defiling My tabernacle that is among them (Leviticus 15:31). [Read more…]