• Clean and Unclean Article by Benjamin Shaw

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2014 | Exodus 19

    Clean and unclean—this pair of words strikes fear into the heart of the average Bible reader. It conjures up the text of Leviticus 11-15 with its long list of clean and unclean animals, its extended discourse on leprosy, and the “too much information” section on bodily discharges. The average Bible reader doesn’t quite know what to make of these things, and they have no apparent application to him as a Christian. So, in his Bible reading, he quickly pages through the section, glancing briefly at the subheadings, and breathes a sigh of relief, reasoning that he has “read” those … View Resource

  • The Great Commission in the Old Testament Article by L. Michael Morales

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2014 | Exodus 19

    Properly conceived as grounded in God’s own kingship, the Great Commission begins before humanity’s fall away from communion with God. On the sixth day, man was commissioned by God to fill and subdue the earth, and to rule over the creatures (Gen. 1:27). Accordingly, one might justly define the Great Commission as “ruling and subduing” the earth and its creatures—an understanding we will need to unpack. To be sure, the phrase “ruling and subduing” has deeply negative connotations in our modern world, filled as it is with memories of horrific tyranny and the abuse of power. Nevertheless … View Resource