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A lecture I gave in preparation for Foundation Day. It mainly focuses on Moses and Joshua's courses looking at the parallels and challenges between that time and this time. Also looking at some issues in the period of the monarchy and Temple. There is an accompanying video

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  • What maturity mean?Inner and outer changeInner and outer freedomFreedom and responsibility
  • Writing independently invented 7 times. Mesopotamia (cuneiform), ancient Egypt (hieroglyphics), Indus valley (Indus script), China (ideograms) Crete (Linear-B), Americas (Mayan and Aztec). All pictograms. Many symbols needed. Chinese 60,000. few could learn. Elite and hierarchical societies. Ruling administrative class. Most alphabetic scripts of India and Eastern Asia are descended from the Brahmi script, which is often believed to be a descendant of Aramaic.Alphabet. Less than 30 letters. First alphabet was Semitic. 2000-1800 BC. All scripts descendants of proto-Semitic. Alpha, beta, gamma, delta in Greek from aleph, bet, gimmel, daled in Hebrew. New understanding of God plus new script changed world. Knowledge is power. Need alphabet to create book and people of the book. Record the divine word. Could become universally literate and think in abstract. Possibility of non hierarchical society. Equality of access to knowledge. At Sinai God spoke to everyone. Not just to Moses. All equal before God. Kingdom of priests means nation of universal literacy. Law belonged to all. Everyone could and had to study it. Study a form of worship like prayer. Study the word of God.There have been two major discoveries of inscriptions that may be related to the Proto-Sinaitic script, the first in the winter of 1904–1905 in Sinai by Hilda and Flinders Petrie, dated to the mid 19th century BCE, and more recently in 1999 in Middle Egypt by John and Deborah Darnell, dated to the 18th century BCE.[1]The Proto-Sinaitic script eventually developed into the Phoenician alphabet, which is conventionally called "Proto-Canaanite" before ca. 1050 BC. The oldest text in Phoenician script is an inscription on the sarcophagus of King Ahiram. This script is the parent script of all western alphabets. By the tenth century two other forms can be distinguished namely Canaanite and Aramaic. The Aramaic gave rise to Hebrew
  • “You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Exod. 22:20).  It is extremely unusual for the Torah to provide an explanation for a commandment, and that is what we have here. The reason why we must not oppress a stranger is an appeal to the past, to history: we were strangers in the land of Egypt.
In ancient Greece, when they were looking for task-masters to place in charge of a group of slaves, they would take someone who had been a slave himself, because he would remember the kind of sanction that was most painful to him and therefore be able to inflict it most effectively on the slaves he was now responsible for. The experience of suffering in the past does not automatically, necessarily produce an unwillingness to make others sufferyou know the feelings (literally ‘the soul’) of the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Exod. 23:9). According to this verse, the historic memory of having been outsiders, aliens, enables you to understand what it is like to be an alien, and that requires that when you see aliens today, you must imagine that you are in their place, and treat them accordingly, the way you would want to be treated yourself.This act of imagination is what we call empathy. It is a buzz word in contemporary discourse. But we should appreciate that it is not at all self-evident. Indeed, this verse, and the ideas and feelings that it evokes, may well represent a monumental innovation in human thinking. There seems to be no evidence of this kind of attitude previously in the ancient world – not in the literature of the Babylonians or the Egyptians or the Greeks. For the ancient Greeks, the world was divided into categories: you were Greek or you were barbarian, you were free or you were slave. No act of the imagination led to identification with the Other across these boundary lines. In our own experience, seeing a person who is horribly disfigured, or living in squalor, is as likely to trigger feelings of disgust in the observer as feelings of compassion. It was the innovation of the Torah that all human beings share a common essence, expressed in that enigmatic phrase “tselemElohim”, and that we can imagine, understand, have compassion for the feelings of others apparently quite different from us. And so this commandment rooted in empathy is repeated frequently in the Torah, and it appears also in the rabbinic literature, as in the statement:
Do not judge your associate until you stand in his place (Avot 2:5).“You must not oppress the stranger, kiatemyedatem et nefesh ha-ger, for you know the soul of the stranger.” You are capable of imagining what it is like to be a stranger and acting accordingly. That is one of the great gifts of our Torah and our people to world consciousness. What a tragedy that the insight expressed in this mitzvah seems to be falling increasingly into abeyance in our time.
  • The Korah who fought against Israel was the son of Izhar, the son of Kehath, the son of Levi, becoming the great-grandson of Levi, the third son of Jacob Korah accused Moses of elevating himself and using God’s name for own aggrandizment. Argued everyone holy. Earth swallowed up. Rebellion against what happened to Korah.What follows is what I consider to be one of the most provocatively subversive passages in the rabbinic literature. It appears in the first chapter of the Midrash on Psalms. Its purpose is to relate the Psalms to material in the Torah, and in our case it takes the first verse of Psalm 1 - Happy is the one who has not followed the counsel of the wicked, or taken the path of sinners, or joined the company of the insolent (Ps. 1:1) - and applies it to the uprising led by Korah who, in the rabbinic reading, spoke insolently against Moses and Aaron. What did Korah do? He assembled all the congregation against Moses and Aaron- up to here the Midrash is merely following the Torah text - and in their presence he began to speak words of scorn. This is what he said.At this point, the Torah text in our parashah is entirely abandoned, and a new speech is crafted and placed in Korah’s mouth. It is this speech that I find so extraordinary, worth citing in full. 
In my neighbourhood there was a widow, and with her were her two fatherless daughters. The widow had only one field, and when she was about to plough, Moses said unto her, “You shall not plough with an ox and an ass together”(Deut. 22:10). When she was about to sow, Moses said to her, ”You shallnot sow your field with two kinds of seed.” (Lev. 19:19).
So far, it is just making life a bit more difficult for the widow by restricting the range of her activities. But it gets worse.
When she was about to reap the harvest and to stack the sheaves, Moses said to her: “You shall not harvest the gleanings, the over-looked sheaves, and the corners of the field.” (based on Lev. 19:9 and Deut. 24:19) [these were, of course, to be left for the poor]. When she was about to bring the remaining harvest into the granary, Moses said to her, “Give me the heave-offering, the first tithe, and the second tithe.” (Num. 18:8ff, 18:26ff, Deut. 14:22ff). She submitted to God’s decree and gave them to him. What did the poor woman do then? She sold the field and bought two sheep, so that she might clothe herself in the wool shorn from them, and so that she might profit out of the lambs. As soon as the sheep brought forth their young, Aaron came and said to the widow, “Give me the first males, for this is what the Holy One, blessed be He, said to me, ‘All the firstling males that are born of thy herd and of tourflock you shall sanctify unto the Lord thy God.’” (Deut. 15:19). Again she submitted to God’s decree, and gave the young of her sheep to Aaron. When the time for shearing arrived, she sheared her two sheep. Then Aaron came again and said to the widow, “Give me the first portion of the shearing.” She said, “There is no strength in me to withstand this man. I will slaughter the sheep and eat them.” After she slaughtered them, Aaron came again and said to her, “Give me the shoulder, the jaws, and the maw.” (cf. Lev. 7:32).The widow said, “Though I have slaughtered my sheep, I am still not free of your demands; behold, I devote my sheep to the uses of the Temple.” But Aaron said to her, “If the sheep are to be devoted to the uses of the Temple, they belong entirely to me, for it was said to me, ‘Everything devoted in Israel shall be yours.’”(Num. 18:14). Thereupon Aaron lifted up the sheep, went on his way, and left her weeping with her daughters.
That is the end of the story that Korah tells the assembled Israelites, according to the Midrashic imagination. All that is left is a rhetorical flourish at the end, placed into Korah’s mouth: “Is such a thing right? Oh, the despoiled woman! The hapless woman! Moses and Aaron have done all these things to her, but hang the blame on the Holy One, blessed be He!”

What are we to make of this passage?Some unknown rabbinic author has fabricated a supposedly villainous speech by a would-be demagogue that can hardly avoid evoking sympathy for the widow and for the man who stands up in her defence.

I will focus on two serious issues are raised by this speech. The first comes at the very end: ‘Moses and Aaron have done all these things to her, but hang the blame on God.’ In other words, the Korah of the rabbinic imagination is presenting the religious claim that God is the source of all these laws as a fraud. He articulates the dissident view that religious rules, including the commandments of the Torah, are invented by human beings for their own self-interest. The extensive laws relating to the sacrifices in the book of Leviticus include a substantial percentage said to be owed to the Priests and the Levites, to be consumed only by them. This can be seen as a kind of tax system for the benefit of an elite, hereditary in-group that uses the taxes for its own self-perpetuation - represented by Aaron claiming a portion of the slaughtered sheep, and eventually seizing the entire animal. In this analysis, God is cynically invoked in order to justify the self-aggrandizement of the privileged. 

How many of the commandments come from God, how many from human beings, who may conceive of them with their own interest either in the front or the back of their minds? Cynical secularists from Machiavelli to Marx to Dawkins would say that they are all of this nature; Orthodox Jews would of course recoil from the thought. Most Progressive Jews would say that they are the words of human beings engaged in a sincere effort to understand what God wants of us in order to create a sacred and just society. But those human beings were products of their own time and culture, political position and social status, all of which may have affected their own understanding of what God wants. The Midrashic story of Korah warns us that we must not take any human authority as self-evident, that we must always probe for our own insight into what God demands.

A second serious claim is expressed by the widow’s statement of exasperation: “There is no strength in me to withstand this man.” (Aaron). This suggests that the commandments of the Torah are an oppressive system that is especially burdensome to the poor, and that cannot be fulfilled even by those who - like the widow - seem sincerely committed to trying. No matter how sincere they are, no matter how much they try, the religious leaders will never be satisfied. 

This was, indeed, the critique of Judaism articulated by the Apostle Paul in his Epistles to various Christian communities: The Torah is too demanding, human beings will never be able to fulfil all of its demands, it is impossible to be sanctified in God’s sight through the acts we perform as we will always fall short, therefore God provides an alternative way: justification through what we believe rather than how we behave. 

Here too, the Progressive approach to Judaism strikes me as relevant and helpful. The Orthodox system is essentially all or nothing. Every one of the commandments, every detail of the rabbinic interpretation and expansion of the commandments, is an integral part of God’s literal revelation and therefore binding on every Jew. Many years ago, a young Chabad Hasid said to me, “If you eat beef from a non-kosher butcher (today, he probably would have said, from a non-glatt kosher butcher), that’s exactly the same as eating ham or pork.Treifis treif.”

I suspect we all prefer the approach that, instead of making each failure to observe a sin that requires atonement, makes each observance into a positive, re-enforcing affirmation of one’s Jewish identity. Contrary to the Hasid’s approach, keeping some of the dietary laws is better than keeping none; keeping Shabbat incompletely from a halakhic perspective is far preferable to ignoring it completely. It may indeed be the case, as the story of the widow suggests, that schwertzusein a Yid. But no Jew should feel that the obligations upon him or her are an impossible task.

Though in jarring counterpoint to what the biblical narrative originally intended, the issues raised by the rabbinic retelling the story of his challenge are also issues we need to take seriously:”to remember that our understanding of God’s demands upon us is imperfect and that we must therefore be wary of imposing it on others;・to appreciate the special difficulties faced by those near the bottom of the economic ladder in meeting the obligations we accept for ourselves;・to ensure that our tradition is experienced not as an oppressive burden, but rather as a set of life-affirming options.
Korah’s widow may be a product of the rabbinic imagination, but she embodies the pain of many real people. Her voice deserves to be heard. 

Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein
  • Religious and national identity rolled into oneIn Canaan should have maintained faith in God, kept the law and be united with judge and each other. Usually supported Judge but after judge fell into faithlessness. Judges 2:16-19People not bound together by central govt but common devotion to God, common religious festivals and law. Tribal independence. People followed conscience not king. Authority of judges non-hereditary and charismatic. God rules, not king like other people. Theocracy. Valued freedom and independence after slavery in Egypt. Abimelech with support of priests of Baal tried to become king and create Canaanite type of government but people rebelled at the idea of human king.Wanted to make Gideon and descendants `King “The Israelites said to Gideon, "Rule over usムyou, your son and your grandsonムbecause you have saved us out of the hand of Midian."ハ23 But Gideon told them, "I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The LORD will rule over you.”Later wanted a king so they could become as other nations. Rejected freedom and responsibility and uncertainties of divine rule and leadership.
  • John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton
  • 480th year after exodusSolomon became a Pharaoh.Worship forced is not true worshipEnd doesn’t justify meansSolomon other foreign wives and their gods - I Kings 11 - 700 wives, 300 concubines, When he was old his heart went after other gods. Ashteroth, Milcom
  • 480th year after exodusSolomon became a Pharaoh.Worship forced is not true worshipEnd doesn’t justify means
  • God lives in the builders not the building. Building a place whose holiness opened hearts to the One worshipped there. Temple always had an ambiguous place. Led to a priesthood and wealth accumulated in Jerusalem. Many prophets criticised the Temple and sacrificial system. Amos etc. Also led to devaluing of northern places of worship such as Shechem and Bethel. Monopoly on worship.
  • Foundation day

    1. 1. Foundation DayFrom Egypt to Canaan Lancaster Gate 19th January 2013
    2. 2. The course to restore the substantialCanaan under the leadership of Christ atthe second advent While Moses could enter Canaan only in spirit, Joshua walked the national course as a substantial course and actually conquered the promised land. Likewise, while Jesus has been restoring Canaan as a worldwide spiritual realm, Christ at the Second Advent is to complete this third worldwide course as a substantial course and build the actual Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Christ at the Second Advent must realize, on earth, God‟s ideal which was left unfulfilled at the First Coming.
    3. 3. The pattern for the natural subjugationof Satan Moses Jesus Jacob True Parents Joshua Family National World
    4. 4. What were the Hebrewsdoing in Egypt?• Abraham‟s faith in God‟s promise“Look toward heaven, andnumber the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness. Genesis15:5-6• Abraham doubts God‟s promise“I am the Lord whobrought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.” But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” Genesis 15:7-8
    5. 5. Restoring the foundation offaith God Heifer Completion Offering Ram & goat Growth Dove & pigeon Formation What did the offerings represent? Abraham Previous symbolic offerings Generations: Adam, Noah, AbrahamCentral person
    6. 6. Why the heavy ‘punishment’? Satan claimed 400 year period Noah Abraham Satan God Condition Curse Blessing Condition decides ownershipGreater indemnity Lesser indemnity
    7. 7. National foundation to receivethe messiah And the WordFoundation for the Messiah became flesh Divine grace + Human will → God‟s will Foundation Remove sinful nature of substance Unity between Moses and Hebrews Moses Foundation Offering - Word of God of faith 40 years
    8. 8. What does this mean inpractice for the individual?• Foundation of faith • Living a life of prayer, study, tithing and a clear conscience• Foundation of substance • Saying sorry to anyone you have hurt or offended • Forgiving anyone who has hurt or offended you
    9. 9. What does this mean inpractice for the society?• Foundation of faith – A spiritual community so that when the messiah comes they can understand him• Foundation of substance – A spiritual community in which there is freedom of belief – Cain does not kill Abel – Rule of law
    10. 10. What was life like in Egypt?• Jacob took family into Egypt• Prospered and multiplied• Now there arose a new king over Egypt who did not know Joseph.Exodus 1:8• Building projects Goshen where Hebrews thought to have lived – Ramses, Pithom• Slavery
    11. 11. What is a slave society like?• Someone‟s property – Bought and sold• No freedom – Movement – Religion – Work• No family life
    12. 12. First national course to restore Canaan
    13. 13. What should have happened next? God1. Loved Moses2. Respected Moses as mediator3. Listened to Moses4. Multiplied goodness Canaan 21 days What did happen?1st national foundationto receive the messiah Hebrews Mosesfailed “Who made you a prince and judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, and thought, “Surely the thing is known.” Ex. 2:14
    14. 14. Why 21 days?• Egypt to Canaan• Time from ark landing till Noah left• Time to reach maturity – 21 years• Dwells in direct dominion of God• Hebrews to move from slavery to freedom in 21 days• From obedience to responsibility• Is it possible?• What needs to change?
    15. 15. Where is all this happening? 21 days route Ramsees • Moses fled
    16. 16. Second national course to restore Canaan
    17. 17. What conditions should beestablished in the second course? Foundation of faith Central person: Moses God Object: Word - tablets Time period: 40 yearsFoundation of substanceHebrews shouldLove,Respect, Hebrews MosesListen to andMultiply goodness
    18. 18. Exodus
    19. 19. Second course ofrestoration into CanaanThe first foundation for the tabernacle
    20. 20. God woos the Hebrews“You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and howI bore you on eagleswings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed hearken to my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” Exodus 19:4-6
    21. 21. How did the people respond?So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him. All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the Lord. And the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am coming to you in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and may also believe you for ever.” Exodus 19:7-9
    22. 22. Words, words, words . . .• 7 pictogram writing systems – Elite hierarchical societies• First alphabet was Semitic – Equal society – literacy – Western & Indian alphabets descended from it• Kingdom of priests Proto-Sinaitic script 1950 BC• Study word of God – Equality before God & law – Equality of access to law
    23. 23. How did the people prepare toreceive God?• 3 days of purification• Consecration - prayer• Wash and clean clothes• Apologised to and forgave family, friends, neighbours and enemies God descends on Mount Sinai Exodus 19
    24. 24. How was the covenant made?Moses rose early in the morning and built an altar atthe foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, for thetwelve tribes of Israel. And he sent young men tosacrifice oxen to the Lord. And Moses took half ofthe blood and put it in basins, and half of the bloodhe threw against the altar. Then he took the Book ofthe Covenant and read it in the hearing of thepeople. And they said, “All that the Lord has spokenwe will do, and we will attend him.” And Moses tookthe blood and threw it on the people and said,“Behold the blood of the covenant that the Lord hasmade with you in accordance with all these words.” Exodus 24:4-8
    25. 25. Becoming the people of God Foundation day of the Jewish people 3500 years ago Fifty days after Exodus Pentecost – Foundation of the Christian church
    26. 26. Celebrating the covenantMoses and Aaron, and theseventy elders of Israelwent up and saw the Godof Israel. Under his feetwas something like apavement made ofsapphire, clear as the skyitself. But God did notraise his hand againstthese leaders of theIsraelites; they saw God,and they ate and drank. The elders before the throne of God Exodus 24:9-11
    27. 27. What was change of lineage?• Change of identity to the people of God• Change from Satan‟s way of life to God‟s way of life
    28. 28. What is Satan’s way of life?• False sense of identity• Things are purpose of life• Bad language• Workaholic or fun loving• Disrespecting parents
    29. 29. What is Satan’s way of life?• Violence and murder• Promiscuity• Stealing• Lying• Envy
    30. 30. The Ten Words challenge Satan’s tradition andestablish the minimum for living a righteous life
    31. 31. The Ten Words1. I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods before me2. You shall not make a graven image3. You shall not take the Lord‟s name in vain4. Remember the Sabbath5. You shall honour your father and your mother
    32. 32. The Ten Words• You shall not murder• You shall not commit adultery• You shall not steal• You shall not bear false witness• You shall not covet
    33. 33. Development of the moral life “You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 22:20)Earliest appearance of empathy in ancient worldEmpathy and compassion the basis of morality
    34. 34. What is the Biblical attitude tothe law?I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.I shall walk at liberty, for I have sought out your precepts.How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I keep them.Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not followed. Psalm 119
    35. 35. Law as mitzvah (act of human kindness)• Tikkunolam – “Repairing the world” or “perfecting the world.”• Performing ritual mitzvothastens the messianic age• Strengthens good spiritual forces• Makes people better which influences society and thus the world
    36. 36. What was the holiness code?• “Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the Lord your God. Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the Lord, who makes you holy.”• “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.‟” – Many laws on sexual relations, sexual purity – Justice, animal welfare, etc. – Good diet and healthy lifestyle
    37. 37. Foundation of faith andsubstance Foundation of faith Central person: Moses God Object: Word - tabernacle Time period: 40 daysFoundation of substanceHebrews shouldLove,Respect, Hebrews MosesListen to andMultiply goodness Cain Abel
    38. 38. Foundation of faith• Central person: Moses• Offering: Word - tablets• Time period: 40 days scouting by 12 spies representing 12 tribes Moses sends out 12 spies
    39. 39. Foundation of substance“We came to the land. Itflows with milk andhoney, and this is itsfruit. Yet the people whodwell in the land arestrong, and the cities arefortified.”Caleb said, “Let us go upat once and occupy; forwe are well able toovercome it.” Numbers 13:27-30
    40. 40. Satan invades• “We are not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger God than we.” So they brought to the people of Israel an evil report.”• People lamented 12 spies Moses• “Let us choose a captain and return to Egypt.”• Only 2 spies, Joshua and Caleb, argue against them
    41. 41. Moses pleads with GodGod: “How long will this people despise me? I will strike them and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”Moses replied:“The Egyptians will hear of it.”Moses reminded God of what he had said,“The Lord is slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity . . . Pardon the iniquity of this people.” Numbers 14:11-13, 18-19
    42. 42. 40 days becomes 40 years“According to the number of days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day a year, you shall bear your iniquity, forty years, and you shall know my displeasure.” Numbers 14:34• All those over 20 years old to die in the wilderness• Some decide to enter Canaan immediately – Defeated
    43. 43. Korah’s rebellion• Korah and 250 chiefs of the congregation They assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! For all in the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?” Numbers 16: 2-3
    44. 44. Third foundation for the tabernacle Three failures to lay foundation for the tabernacleSatan invades the second national course to restore Canaan
    45. 45. Third national course to restore Canaan
    46. 46. Foundation of faith andsubstance Foundation of faith Central person: Moses God Object: Word - tablets Time period: 40 yearsFoundation of substanceHebrews shouldLove,Respect, Hebrews MosesListen to andMultiply goodness
    47. 47. Wandering in the wilderness CANAAN Mediterranean Sea Jericho Rameses 40 years Kadesh-barnea EGYPT SINAI PENINSULA MIDIAN Mt. Sinai
    48. 48. Starting out from KadeshMiriam died there and wasburied there. Now there wasno water for thecongregation; and theyassembled themselvesagainst Moses and Aaron.The Lord said to Moses,“Take the rod and tell therock before their eyes toyield its water.” Moses strikes the rockNumbers 20:1,2,8
    49. 49. Moses makes a mistake “Hear now, you rebels; shall we bring forth water for you out of this rock?” And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his rod twice; and water came forth. And the Lord said, “Because you did not believe in me to sanctify me in the eyes of the people, you shall not bring this assembly into the land I have given them.” Numbers 20:10-12
    50. 50. Why was this a problem? MosesFirst strike Second strike Rock Rock with Rock with without water water waterFallen Adam Restored Adam Restored Adam = = Messiah Messiah
    51. 51. Joshua inherits Moses positionas AbelSo the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay your hand on him. Have him stand before Eleazar the priest and the entire assembly and commission him in their presence. Give him some of your authority so the whole Israelite community will listen to him.” Numbers 27:18-20
    52. 52. Spying out Jericho• Two spies go to Jericho• Rahab the prostitute hides them• They report back: “Truly the Lord has given all the land into our hands; and moreover the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of us.” Joshua 2:24 Rahab and the spies
    53. 53. Setting out for Canaan• 3 days before Jordan• Ark crossed the river• Took 12 stones• Built altar• Circumcised people• Celebrated Passover• Met commander of the army of the Lord Crossing the River Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant
    54. 54. Capture of Jericho• 40,000 soldiers• 7 priests blowing trumpets• 6 times circled city• 7th day shouted• Walls came down• Defeated 31 kings Circling Jericho with trumpets and Ark
    55. 55. The national level foundation to receive the Messiah was established
    56. 56. Settled in Canaan• Loose confederation• Charismatic leadership – Judges• God was their King• Gideon told them, "I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The Lord will rule over you.”Judges 8:23• Ruled by law• Justice chief value
    57. 57. “The government of the Israelites was a federation,held together by no political authority, but by theunity of race and faith, and founded, not on physicalforce, but on a voluntary covenant. The principle ofself-government was carried out not only in eachtribe, but in every group of at least 120 families; andthere was neither privilege of rank, nor inequalitybefore the law. Monarchy was so alien to theprimitive spirit of the community that it was resistedby Samuel.”The History of Freedom and Other Essays by John Acton
    58. 58. The people demand a king• People said to Samuel:“We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”• God replied to Samuel: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.” Samuel 9
    59. 59. What will the king do?• God warned the people that a king would: – Conscript their sons as soldiers – Turn their daughters into servants – Take best fields and vineyards – Take one tenth of harvest – Take one tenth of flocks – “You shall be his slaves”
    60. 60. How did David inherit the throne? Own sons corrupt Samuel Saul Tried to kill Filial Providence for the start Filial piety piety Won love and respect Jonathan David Goliath Offered his position Cain Abel SatanJonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.And Jonathan gave his robe and armour and sword and bow to David.I Samuel 18:3-4
    61. 61. Reign of SolomonSong of SolomonProverbs of SolomonBuilt TempleTemple completionof Exodus
    62. 62. How did Solomon build the temple? King Solomon conscripted labourers from all Israel—30,000 men. He sent them off to Lebanon in shifts of 10,000 a month, so that they spent one month in Lebanon and two months at home. Adoniram was in charge of the forced labour. Solomon had 70,000 carriers and 80,000 stonecutters in the hills, as well as 3,300 foremen who supervised the project and directed the work. I Kings 5:27-30
    63. 63. How was the tabernaclebuilt?God spoke to Moses saying: “Speak to the Israelites and have them bring Me an offering. Take My offering from everyone whose heart impels him to give . . . They shall make a Sanctuary for Me and I will dwell in them.” Exodus 25:2,8
    64. 64. Solomon’s family problems Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the LORD had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love.
    65. 65. What came next?He had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and did not wholly follow the LORD, as David his father had done.
    66. 66. God’s judgement And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods. But he did not keep what the LORD commanded. Therefore the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this has been your practice and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes that I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant. I Kings 11:9-11
    67. 67. Why did the kingdom split?• Jeroboam chosen by God to rule 10 tribes – Ahijah the prophet (I Kings 11:27-40) – „If you walk in my ways . . . I will be with you.‟• Rehaboam inherits kingship from Solomon• Jeroboam and tribal leaders – “Your father made our yoke heavy. Lighten the yoke upon us and we will serve you faithfully.”• Rehaboam replied: – “I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.” Division
    68. 68. How was the kingdom divided?
    69. 69. What can we learn from this?• Solomon had reversed the Exodus by reducing the Israelites to servitude• Solomon had become a new Pharaoh• Solomon was sexually immoral• Solomon became an idol-worshipper
    70. 70. What can we learn from this?• Indemnity means restoring the original position• We will find ourselves in a similar situation to historical people. We have to overcome the temptation to make the same mistakes• This is not inevitable• This is not easy• Restoration is not repeating the mistakes of the past but trying to do things right