Seventeen chapters in Leviticus deal with the holiness of priests, and then a section about the holiness of all Israel… with one chapter about forbidden sexual relationships stuck in the middle. What’s it doing there? What is the connection between sexual morality and holiness?
Morning Drive Bible
Last time, David established that every member of the Jewish people is commanded to be holy. But, Scott wonders, if everyone is holy, doesn’t that mean that no one is holy? So what is holiness, anyway? And does holiness mean that every Israelite should live a monk-like existence?
Scott is already holy; after all, he’s a priest (kohen). But what about David: is he mandated to be holy, too? And if everyone is holy, isn’t nobody holy? Listen to Morning Drive Bible’s new series on holiness to find out!
The past 2000 years of Jewish history are the story of seeking and finding the Divine Presence and the Holy Spirit despite G-d’s apparent absence. David and Scott see the influence of Esther in the long march of Jewish history, culminating (so far) in the establishment of the State of Israel.
Once David and Scott have established the principle that Biblical precedent allows the introduction of new laws, they demonstrate that the Book of Esther itself became the precedent for the holiday of Hanukkah. Along the way, they discuss the ways that Purim and Hanukkah represent two recurring motifs that appear in the many attempts to destroy either Judaism or the Jewish people.
David has successfully argued that the Book of Esther was included in the Bible, and the holiday of Purim in the sacred calendar, because of the influence of the Holy Spirit. Scott, however, pointed to Deuteronomy 4:2, which asserts that no new laws may be added to those in the Five Books of Moses. How, then, can Purim be a valid holiday? Isn’t celebrating Purim a violation of the Torah itself?
In our last episode, David and Scott demonstrated that the Holy Spirit can introduce radical new ideas into the world. Today, they summarize that and the other three functions of ruach hakodesh – the Holy Spirit – as we see them in the Book of Esther. Listen as David hits it out of the park in the latest Morning Drive Bible.
If Esther was the Steve Jobs of Ancient Persia, what was the iPhone idea that she brought into the universe that changed literally everything? Join David and Scott as they analyze how Esther, motivated by the Holy Spirit, introduced a brand new idea that has affected the way we understand G-d to this day.
Was Esther the Steve Jobs of ancient Persia? She never invented the iPhone, but her innovation might be even more impressive. Join David and Scott to discover a third function of the Holy Spirit, and how this function changed sacred history for all time.
In our last episode, David explained that the Holy Spirit – Ruach HaKodesh – can mean “access to classified information.” Today he expands that definition, and in so doing finally- finally! – finds a strong proof that the Book of Esther was written with the Holy Spirit. (Even Scott has to agree.)