The books of Numbers and Deuteronomy tell the story of Israel's journey through the wilderness to the promised land and Yahweh's instructiions on how to live a full life of blessings in the new land. The goals of this class are, first, to help you understand the cultural background and the literary structure of the biblical text and, thus, the purpose and message behind the text. The second goal is to unfold the major themes that are established and developed throughout the biblical text, which unfolds the story of Yahweh’s plan of redemption.

Attending Cory's Bible class was the highlight of learning for my husband and me! And we continue to discuss together and encourage friends, and even nonbelievers with all we learned about God. Cory's class gave a truly global perspective on how the entire Bible is united into one story of God’s pursuit to redeem humanity back to Himself. We are so excited that we can continue our learning through Cory's great insight and study of truth in the next study. —Les and Cathy Fischer

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When

This class meets from January 22 to May 14, 2018. It will meet for 2 hours, from 7-9 pm, every Monday. If you miss a class due to travel or other conflict, audio recordings will be available to help you with the information you missed.

If you are a teacher, you can earn 3 ACSI Bible CEUs.

Cost

The cost will be a donation amount of your choosing (please pray for God's leading in this). Payment is done through Paypal upon registration. If you do not have a PayPal account there is an option to use a credit card as a guest on the Paypal website. Payment will be expected upon registration with no refund unless the minimum requirement is not met.

Location

Linworth Road Church
5400 Linworth Road
Columbus, OH 43235
(614) 442-5722

The class will meet in the fellowship hall of the church (see map).

 

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If you have any questions, you can email me or call me at (614) 427-3410.

 

Words are inadequate to express how much Cory’s class has meant to me. I learned so very much and now have a new perspective on the Old Testament that I have never had before. I love his approach on how to study the Bible. I always felt so renewed and refreshed from being in his class and left always wanting more!! If he ever does another class I would love to come!! —Deb Walton

While taking the Torah class, it is the first time that I truly understood the meaning of the sacrifices that Cain and Abel made and why Cain's sacrifice wasn't seen as acceptable by God. There were many other instances of, 'Ohhh, now I get it!' over the course of the class. Stress free... fun instructor with a true heart for God who only charges for the course because he has to take time away from his precious family in order to teach it. He would do it for free and love every moment of it! —Trish Eaton

The Torah Class was incredible. It was just what I needed to really set a foundation. There is always more to learn about the Bible, but through Cory’s class I have such a better understanding of the foundation for the rest of the Bible. Cory’s teaching and how he always points to God and always points to the foreshadowing and arrival of Jesus Christ was really encouraging. I was blown away by his knowledge and it really inspired me to dig in myself to books like Leviticus and Deuteronomy. His excitement for the Bible excites me and inspires me to grow and want to learn more. —Albert Miller

 

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The book opens in the second month of the second year after Israel had departed from Egypt (Num. 1:1). It took Israel three months to arrive at Mt. Sinai after the exodus from Egypt (Ex. 13-15). They have spent the last two years here receiving the Law, building the tabernacle, and establishing the sacrificial system. Now, after completing the tabernacle (Ex. 40:17), they are ready to leave for the Promised Land of Canaan. Numbers covers the preparations for entering Canaan and Israel’s lack of faith to enter the land. This lack of faith resulted in their judgment of wandering in the wilderness for forty years. The book ends forty years later, the older generation having died and the new generation ready to enter the land (Deut. 1:3).

Even though Israel’s wanderings cover the majority of the forty years written about in Numbers, Moses skimmed over the events of those years fairly quickly. Yahweh’s emphasis is on Israel’s preparations for entering Canaan and their receiving the blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12:1-4). Thus, the purpose of the book is to show how Yahweh dealt with and prepared His people to enter Canaan, to take control of the land, and to represent Him in the midst of the foreign nations.

A secondary purpose of the book is to show the necessity of trusting and obeying Yahweh in order to receive His covenant blessings. Because Israel failed to trust Yahweh and enter the land in obedience, an entire generation failed to receive the blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant, and the blessings were postponed until the next, more faithful generation. In addition to this, Numbers shows that the people’s unfaithfulness could not frustrate Yahweh’s plans for the people any more than their enemies could.