The last time we were looking at the good book, Aaron was launching his career as the chief butcher and BBQ specialist for on high. I don’t know how Aaron sons come into the picture or how they managed to piss off god by offering unauthorized fire and ended up dead. You know you are dealing with an insecure bastard if fires authorized or otherwise is enough reason to kill people.
Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command. 2 So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord.
Then we hear Moses’ words of encouragement to Aaron who has just lost two sons
3 Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke of when he said:
“‘Among those who approach me
I will be proved holy;
in the sight of all the people
I will be honored.’”
Aaron remained silent.
I find this threat of you will die to be one of the most useless threats used in the bible. And worse is the reasons for why a person will die. Can someone tell me, if this warrants being killed
6 Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Do not let your hair become unkempt and do not tear your clothes, or you will die and the Lord will be angry with the whole community.
7 Do not leave the entrance to the tent of meeting or you will die, because the Lord’s anointing oil is on you.” So they did as Moses said.
Here we have the order Mohammed misunderstood when he prohibited alcoholic beverages for his followers
8 Then the Lord said to Aaron, 9 “You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the tent of meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, 10 so that you can distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean, 11 and so you can teach the Israelites all the decrees the Lord has given them through Moses.”
You should remember however that rules have been given prior of what is clean and unclean. This warning is thus superfluous. The people of Israel by now know what they are to present to the tent of meeting, unless Moses, Aaron or one of the prophets forgot they had issued instructions regarding what should be presented to their god.
The reason why even today pastors have the best, while their flocks languish in stupidity and poverty is because they learnt from Moses, the first priest. Listen to him
12 Moses said to Aaron and his remaining sons, Eleazar and Ithamar, “Take the grain offering left over from the food offerings prepared without yeast and presented to the Lord and eat it beside the altar,for it is most holy. 13 Eat it in the sanctuary area, because it is your share and your sons’ share of the food offerings presented to the Lord; for so I have been commanded.
And Moses sure knows how to take care of himself
15 The thigh that was presented and the breast that was waved must be brought with the fat portions of the food offerings, to be waved before the Lord as a wave offering.This will be the perpetual share for you and your children, as the Lord has commanded.”
And he can throw tantrums
16 When Moses inquired about the goat of the sin offering and found that it had been burned up, he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s remaining sons, and asked, 17 “Why didn’t you eat the sin offering in the sanctuary area? It is most holy; it was given to you to take away the guilt of the community by making atonement for them before the Lord. 18 Since its blood was not taken into the Holy Place, you should have eaten the goat in the sanctuary area, as I commanded.”
At least Aaron comes in the defense of the young lasses! What a good father.
19 Aaron replied to Moses, “Today they sacrificed their sin offering and their burnt offering before the Lord, but such things as this have happened to me. Would the Lord have been pleased if I had eaten the sin offering today?” 20 When Moses heard this, he was satisfied.
You’d wonder why Moses is acting surprised at the actions of Aaron who at the beginning of this chapter has lost two sons. Unless someone tells me that this chapter tells a story of several days or months, this was the time for Aaron to punch Moses in the face. He has barely buried two sons when Moses comes throwing tantrums over goat meat! Please spare. I don’t want to hear that nonsense of god inspired writing!