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The Beginning of Things tells you Stuff: Determining Genre

Pay careful attention to the opening section of any discourse. The first five minutes of a movie, the first chapter or so of a novel, the opening introduction of a sermon, the first paragraph of a newspaper article—all of these “first moments” are specifically designed to orient you to the thing that you are reading or hearing or watching. Remember, authors generally want to be understood, and because they want to be understood they want to set you up to read well.

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Why is the OT Sacrificial System so Bloody?

The OT sacrificial system is a constant reminder that we are not, in fact, “all right.” In fact, as an OT saint approaches the tabernacle, the ceremonial law vividly, repeatedly, and consistently proclaims “you’re not welcome here.” Or, more accurately, “come, but not to close.”

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Pilgrims without a Pilgrimage

Though we are pilgrims, like the Israelites of old, seeking a holy rest and a most holy place, nevertheless, we are pilgrims who, unlike Israel, make no pilgrimage.

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This Present Wilderness

We live in a world of microwaves and digital watches, which, in the words of Douglas Adams, still seem like “a pretty neat idea.” No wilderness here. Technology is our savior from wilderness wandering; science is our Great High Priest.

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