In the last chapter we looked at priestly garments designed by the god of Israel. He is not finished yet, I mean not with design since that appears to be over, but with giving instructions some bordering on the ridiculous.
I believe god is instructing Moses, last I checked he didn’t address entire gatherings even though he could. Let us take him at his word then and see how he proposes to do the ordination and we will come to the conclusion that Mark Twain alluded to when he said all laws men make are in defiance of god’s law.
Is there a shortage of yeast or god doesn’t like things sweet?
29 “Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them to minister as priests to Me: take one young bull and two rams without blemish, 2 and unleavened bread and unleavened cakes mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers spread with oil; you shall make them of fine wheat flour.
Then he promotes a monarchical system as if wisdom is hereditary
9 You shall gird them with sashes, Aaron and his sons, and bind caps on them, and they shall have the priesthood by a perpetual statute. So you shall ordain Aaron and his sons.
Is the lord an observer at the sacrifice? Does he reside in the tent of meeting and nowhere else?
10 “Then you shall bring the bull before the tent of meeting, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the bull. 11 You shall slaughter the bull before the Lord at the doorway of the tent of meeting.
Who needs a sin offering and to whom is offered?
14 But the flesh of the bull and its hide and its refuse, you shall burn with fire outside the camp; it is a sin offering.
And the part where god likes sweet aroma from BBQ, I don’t know whether he still comes down to smell smoked meat
18 You shall offer up in smoke the whole ram on the altar; it is a burnt offering to the Lord: it is a soothing aroma, an offering by fire to the Lord.
Now to the ridiculous
19 “Then you shall take the other ram, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the ram. 20 You shall slaughter the ram, and take some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear and on the lobes of his sons’ right ears and on the thumbs of their right hands and on the big toes of their right feet, and sprinkle the rest of the blood around on the altar.
Why so much blood and entrails of animals?
22 “You shall also take the fat from the ram and the fat tail, and the fat that covers the entrails and the lobe of the liver, and the two kidneys and the fat that is on them and the right thigh (for it is a ram of ordination), 23 and one cake of bread and one cake of bread mixed with oil and one wafer from the basket of unleavened bread which is set before the Lord; 24 and you shall put all these in the hands of Aaron and in the hands of his sons, and shall wave them as a wave offering before the Lord. 25 You shall take them from their hands, and offer them up in smoke on the altar on the burnt offering for a soothing aroma before the Lord; it is an offering by fire to the Lord.
What I don’t get is why only Aaron’s family as priests? Was the rest of the population so bad or they didn’t really care about this priestly business or is it a case of god perpetuating favoritism he started with the first family when he chose Abel’s gift instead of Cain?
29 “The holy garments of Aaron shall be for his sons after him, that in them they may be anointed and ordained. 30 For seven days the one of his sons who is priest in his stead shall put them on when he enters the tent of meeting to minister in the holy place.
The food for priests is holy and ordinary mortals shall not eat of it.
33 Thus they shall eat those things by which atonement was made at their ordination and consecration; but a layman shall not eat them, because they are holy.
Still issuing instruction that lead only to waste
34 If any of the flesh of ordination or any of the bread remains until morning, then you shall burn the remainder with fire; it shall not be eaten, because it is holy.
I don’t get it. Why 7 seven days for atonement? Did someone forget that on the 7th day you shall rest?
35 “Thus you shall do to Aaron and to his sons, according to all that I have commanded you; you shall ordain them through seven days. 36 Each day you shall offer a bull as a sin offering for atonement, and you shall purify the altar when you make atonement for it, and you shall anoint it to consecrate it. 37 For seven days you shall make atonement for the altar and consecrate it; then the altar shall be most holy, and whatever touches the altar shall be holy.
This is the height of wastefulness and for what I don’t know
38 “Now this is what you shall offer on the altar: two one year old lambs each day, continuously.39 The one lamb you shall offer in the morning and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight;
god must really like BBQ
40 and there shall be one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour mixed with one-fourth of a hin of beaten oil, and one-fourth of a hin of wine for a drink offering with one lamb. 41 The other lamb you shall offer at twilight, and shall offer with it the same grain offering and the same drink offering as in the morning, for a soothing aroma, an offering by fire to the Lord.
Why all this elaborate blood sacrifices if god will do the consecration himself? Why did bulls and rams have to die? Just so that he could smell some smoke. Some one tell me if there is something I don’t get!
42 It shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the doorway of the tent of meeting before the Lord, where I will meet with you, to speak to you there. 43 I will meet there with the sons of Israel, and it shall be consecrated by My glory. 44 I will consecrate the tent of meeting and the altar; I will also consecrate Aaron and his sons to minister as priests to Me. 45 I will dwell among the sons of Israel and will be their God. 46 They shall know that I am the Lord their God who brought them out of the land of Egypt, that I might dwell among them; I am the Lord their God.