Of tabernacles, curtains & contractors

Well friends we are back at it again. If you were a christian I bet your minister never read any part of these two chapters. I will tell you why, they are so boring and two it is the first time priests said they had had enough which your pastor would never say.

 So Moses issued a command, and a proclamation was circulated throughout the camp, saying, “Let no man or woman any longer perform work for the contributions of the sanctuary.” Thus the people were restrained from bringing any moreFor the material they had was sufficient and more than enough for all the work, to perform it.

I am not sure they still make altars, curtains and places of worship following god’s specifications. Last time I checked, the churches get grander and the ministers richer, maybe that will be a post for a bad day; how to become rich as a church minister.

I don’t think we need to waste time reading god’s specification on how to make altars and tabernacles.

What quantity of goat hair did this guy need to make curtains?

14 Then he made curtains of goats’ hair for a tent over the tabernacle; he made eleven curtains in all. 15 The length of each curtain was thirty cubits and four cubits the width of each curtain; the eleven curtains had the same measurements. 16 He joined five curtains by themselves and the other six curtains by themselves. 

And men, these guys had so much gold to waste

37 Now Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood; its length was two and a half cubits, and its width one and a half cubits, and its height one and a half cubits; and he overlaid it with pure gold inside and out, and made a gold molding for it all around. He cast four rings of gold for it on its four feet; even two rings on one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it. 

Any archeologists out there, has anyone of you been lucky enough to get any of this gold and bronze items. It would be a great thing if you think of it.

17 Then he made the lamp stand of pure gold. He made the lampstand of hammered work, its base and its shaft; its cups, its bulbs and its flowers were of one piece with it. 18 There were six branches going out of its sides; three branches of the lampstand from the one side of it and three branches of the lamp stand from the other side of it; 

I tell you, for a omnipotent and omniscient god, he pays too much detail to perfumes.

 29 And he made the holy anointing oil and the pure, fragrant incense of spices, the work of a perfumer.

Of beggars and artisans

Happy new year!

I do hope that you had a good holiday season and are of good cheer as we begin the new year. Now the beginning of the year doesn’t bring any magical effect, I hope however that you learnt from the mistakes you committed in the last year and are striving to make more this year.

When we were last here, YHWH had opened a photocopy business for churning out tablets, with Moses as his able deputy or is it business attendant.Let us see what this great god is up to, maybe he has changed his mind from being violent and murderous.

35 Then Moses assembled all the congregation of the sons of Israel, and said to them, “These are the things that the Lord has commanded you to do:

“For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy day, a sabbath of complete rest to the Lord; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. You shall not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the sabbath day.”

If Moses is my representative in parliament, this is the time to put the recall clause to use. How does he take such silly instructions without a word of protest. How do you command a person to be put to death for working? If he wanted one day to be holy then he should just have created just that one day but as it is, we must work to it and chose when to rest, so this command is spurious.

Moses spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, “This is the thing which the Lord has commanded, saying, ‘Take from among you a contribution to the Lord; whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as the Lord’s contribution: gold, silver, and bronze, and blue, purple and scarlet material, fine linen, goats’ hairand rams’ skins dyed red, and porpoise skins, and acacia wood, and oil for lighting, and spices for the anointing oil, and for the fragrant incense, and onyx stones and setting stones for the ephod and for the breastpiece.

The church has always been a beggar and for the fine stuff! They claim their god demands these things. If he is all-powerful, he could have all the gold if he wished, why has his representatives here be beggars and of only fine stuff? What business has god to do with goat’s hair, porpoise skins. Please help me.

10 ‘Let every skillful man among you come, and make all that the Lord has commanded: 11 the tabernacle, its tent and its covering, its hooks and its boards, its bars,…………..18 the pegs of the tabernacle and the pegs of the court and their cords; 19 the woven garments for ministering in the holy place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, to minister as priests.’

I don’t get it. It is the habit of petty people to be so concerned with so minute details. Why would a god who claims to be powerful as this one be so concerned with a tabernacle, altars and so on and even with who makes it? And  I don’t get what is so special about Aaron’s family besides when the people made golden calf, he was the chief architect.

20 Then all the congregation of the sons of Israel departed from Moses’ presence. 21 Everyone whose heart stirred him and everyone whose spirit moved him came and brought the Lord’s contribution for the work of the tent of meeting and for all its service and for the holy garments. 2………….. 29 The Israelites, all the men and women, whose heart moved them to bring material for all the work, which the Lord had commanded through Moses to be done, brought a freewill offering to the Lord.

Am sure had the people known better, they would have told Moses to take a rope. Moses was lucky there were no free thinkers in this group of goat herders or else he would have had quite a difficult time explaining why an omnipotent and omniscient god would need such offerings and what stopped from addressing everyone. 

30 Then Moses said to the sons of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 31 And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding and in knowledge and in all craftsmanship; 32 to make designs for working in gold and in silver and in bronze, 33 …… 35 He has filled them with skill to perform every work of an engraver and of a designer and of an embroiderer, in blue and in purple and in scarlet material, and in fine linen, and of a weaver, as performers of every work and makers of designs.

This Bezalel, which means in the shadow of god, was the Da Vinci of the Israelites. He was the master craftsman, the perfumer, the sculptor. The only trades this god seems to have no interest in is the scientist and  the philosopher. No wonder in no pulpit do you find a scientist or a philosopher. God didn’t need them, he knew they wouldn’t believe this magic.

YHWH’s photocopy business

I don’t remember Moses going to meet with god, so we must assume god is giving Moses this instructions in his tent. While at it, who made the first stone tablets?

34 Now the Lord said to Moses, “Cut out for yourself two stone tablets like the former ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets which you shattered.

What is so special in Mt. Sinai that god resides there, I thought he was omnipresent? Just asking, is it possible to have this tete a tete with him on the mount, I would go there some day. Seriously, flocks not to look at the mountain? What will Moses tell the cows? Or they will have a mask on their heads.

So be ready by morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to Me on the top of the mountain. No man is to come up with you, nor let any man be seen anywhere on the mountain; even the flocks and the herds may not graze in front of that mountain.”

So the lord has legs or how did he stand?

The Lord descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the Lord.

Does anyone see the contradiction in this statement? And who punishes a child for the sins of the grandfather? Seriously, why does anyone worship this this god?

Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness and truth; who keeps loving kindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”

I don’t know why he has to bow, if they are going to have a face to face conversation

Moses made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship. He said, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though the people are so obstinate, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your own possession.”

Someone tell me why god would need to perform miracles? And what is the point in scaring people while at it?

10 Then God said, “Behold, I am going to make a covenant. Before all your people I will perform miracles which have not been produced in all the earth nor among any of the nations; and all the people among whom you live will see the working of the Lord, for it is a fearful thing that I am going to perform with you.

Please tell me why a loving and kind god would do some people unless he isn’t there is god?

11 “Be sure to observe what I am commanding you this day: behold, I am going to drive out the Amorite before you, and the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite.12 Watch yourself that you make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, or it will become a snare in your midst. 13 But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherim 14 —for you shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God— 15 otherwise you might make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they would play the harlot with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and someone might invite you to eat of his sacrifice, 16 and you might take some of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters might play the harlot with their gods and cause your sons also to play the harlot with their gods.

Oh, god had to up date his laws to take care of Aaron and the people who I think they already have had killed.

17 You shall make for yourself no molten gods.

What does god have against donkeys and women?

19 “The first offspring from every womb belongs to Me, and all your male livestock, the first offspring from cattle and sheep. 20 You shall redeem with a lamb the first offspring from a donkey; and if you do not redeem it, then you shall break its neck. You shall redeem all the firstborn of your sons. None shall appear before Me empty-handed.

Why are women excluded from this appearance? Are they lesser beings?

23 Three times a year all your males are to appear before the Lord God, the God of Israel. 24 For I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your borders, and no man shall covet your land when you go up three times a year to appear before the Lord your God.

Seriously god, you couldn’t think of something better?

“You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.”

Jesus wasn’t the first to fast 40 days and 40 nights, Moses beat it to it and I would say the gospel writers just copied this one and didn’t edit it at any point. We will build the legend Jesus by the time we are finished with the OT, we will have a cool picture.

27 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” 28 So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.

And Jesus doesn’t have a monopoly on transfiguration, Moses beat it to it. Is it that Jesus was transfigured when he came from the mountain or the creators of the Jesus story used the Moses legend and added doves to it.

29 It came about when Moses was coming down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the testimony were in Moses’ hand as he was coming down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because of his speaking with Him. 30 So when Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.

This is quite interesting. Moses wears a veil to talk to the people and removes it to talk to god.

 33 When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with Him, he would take off the veil until he came out; and whenever he came out and spoke to the sons of Israel what he had been commanded, 35 the sons of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone. So Moses would replace the veil over his face until he went in to speak with Him.

The journey continues

The Israelites have been on a hiatus on the journey and god feels they need to continue. I don’t know why they stopped in the first place though.

Why would god, an all-powerful, loving and merciful god send some away to create land for a chosen few?

I will send an angel before you and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite.

What happened? He couldn’t keep the honey and milk flowing to our days? What a bad ass guy this god was. And he even have threats, the sons of Israel should just have told him to go and hang, we may not have had these problems

Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, because you are an obstinate people, and I might destroy you on the way.”

What has ornaments got to do with anything?

When the people heard this sad word, they went into mourning, and none of them put on his ornaments. For the Lord had said to Moses, “Say to the sons of Israel, ‘You are an obstinate people; should I go up in your midst for one moment, I would destroy you. Now therefore, put off your ornaments from you, that I may know what I shall do with you.’” So the sons of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments, from Mount Horeb onward.

I know why Catholics still do this. I didn’t realize it started with Moses

And it came about, whenever Moses went out to the tent, that all the people would arise and stand, each at the entrance of his tent, and gaze after Moses until he entered the tent.

Has anyone seen a cloud descend to the ground? Or did Moses meet with god only when it was misty and there was fog?

Whenever Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent; and the Lord would speak with Moses.

Just hold it here

11 Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.

If it was possible to change god’s mind then, why has he refused to listen to the billions of christians praying everyday, answered prayers of muslims and judaists who call to him every single moment?

12 Then Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people!’ But You Yourself have not let me know whom You will send with me. Moreover, You have said, ‘I have known you by name, and you have also found favor in My sight.’ 13 Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people.”

And he actually changed his mind.

14 And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Do I read an ultimatum?

15 Then he said to Him, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.

Tell me, a few verses ago, verse 11, Moses and god speak face to face, what has changed?

 20 But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” 

By a show of hands, can we agree that this god is not omnipresent.

21 Then the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock; 22 and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.”

Of golden calves and angry gods

So that we are in the same page, I will take time just to remind us of where we stopped when we last reviewed this good book as some oft call it. We ended with god inscribing some tablets with his fingers; the jury is still out on the number of fingers he has. 

How many days has Moses been gone for the sons of Israel to be this impatient?

32 Now when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled about Aaron and said to him, “Come, make us a god who will go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”

To make this god was quite expensive

Aaron said to them, “Tear off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.”

If Aaron was made a priest by god and has been with Moses all these time, how come he doesn’t dissuade the people from making a new god. He goes along with them and makes the god himself. How could this be so easy for one already anointed by god? Did the power or spirit of god desert him at the moment when he would need it the most?

Then all the people tore off the gold rings which were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. He took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it into a molten calf; and they said,

And why does he go over and above what the people have asked of him. All they wanted was a god, all these that Aaron does is of his doing

“This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.” Now when Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the Lord.” So the next day they rose early and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

Whose fault is it that the people have failed to keep the law of god? I think god is guilty.

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, “Go down at once, for your people, whom you brought up from the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves.

When I talk of absurdities, this is what I mean. Why would god ask leave of Moses to smite the people? Is Moses more powerful than god?

The Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, they are an obstinate people.10 Now then let Me alone, that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and I will make of you a great nation.”

And here we see Moses challenging god, telling him to go easy on the people. Tell me, you right thinking citizen, why and how could Moses convince god to change his mind? So is god’s mind changeable and if it is, does he have a material brain like we do. All our thoughts originate from the brain.

11 Then Moses entreated the Lord his God, and said, “O Lord, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?

He is telling god to be sensible and is actually successful at doing it. A few inferences one can make from this situation; god didn’t think things through, he is a mean bastard, men are more sensible than god.

12 Why should the Egyptians speak, saying, ‘With evil intent He brought them out to kill them in the mountains and to destroy them from the face of the earth’? Turn from Your burning anger and change Your mind about doing harm to Your people. 13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants to whom You swore by Yourself, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens, and all this land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’” 14 So the Lord changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.

Wait a minute, are these the tablets that have the commandments?

15 Then Moses turned and went down from the mountain with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand, tablets which were written on both sides; they were written on one side and the other. 16 The tablets were God’s work, and the writing was God’s writing engraved on the tablets.

There is a parallel here with the story of the prodigal son as narrated in Luke’s gospel. When the eldest son came home, he had songs of joy and when he inquired he became angry and refused to come home. I think, Luke developed his story from these theme. I could be wrong but that is highly unlikely.

17 Now when Joshua heard the sound of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There is a sound of war in the camp.” 18 But he said,

“It is not the sound of the cry of triumph,
Nor is it the sound of the cry of defeat;
But the sound of singing I hear.”

19 It came about, as soon as Moses came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing; and Moses’ anger burned, and he threw the tablets from his hands and shattered them at the foot of the mountain.

What end did Moses want to achieve by making people drinking gold? But before we get there, is gold soluble in water?

20 He took the calf which they had made and burned it with fire, and ground it to powder, and scattered it over the surface of the water and made the sons of Israel drink it.

Is it true that only one family came out to be for the lord? Is it possible in a big population that this distribution is possible? Tell me please

25 Now when Moses saw that the people were out of control—for Aaron had let them get out of control to be a derision among their enemies— 26 then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me!” And all the sons of Levi gathered together to him.

Since god does not override Moses’ command, we can only assume that he is fully in agreement. And if he is in agreement, what does this make of god? Two, is it possible that all the other families couldn’t fight off the sons of Levi? Please tell me, how sensible is this?

27 He said to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Every man of you put his sword upon his thigh, and go back and forth from gate to gate in the camp, and kill every man his brother, and every man his friend, and every man his neighbor.’” 28 So the sons of Levi did as Moses instructed, and about three thousand men of the people fell that day.

Seriously, after killing so many thousands of your brothers, sisters, aunts, friends and so on, where do you get the audacity to dedicate yourselves to the lord?

29 Then Moses said, “Dedicate yourselves today to the Lord—for every man has been against his son and against his brother—in order that He may bestow a blessing upon you today.”

Who is Moses addressing? The sons of Levi or the corpses?

30 On the next day Moses said to the people, “You yourselves have committed a great sin; and now I am going up to the Lord, perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.”

Can we agree this god is not omnipresent? Moses has already punished the people, who is he asking god to forgive? What book is this that god keeps? What is it made of?

31 Then Moses returned to the Lord, and said, “Alas, this people has committed a great sin, and they have made a god of gold for themselves. 32 But now, if You will, forgive their sin—and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!” 33 The Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book. 34 But go now, lead the people where I told you. Behold, My angel shall go before you; nevertheless in the day when I punish, I will punish them for their sin.” 35 Then the Lord smote the people, because of what they did with the calf which Aaron had made.

Of threats of death and other absurdities

I hope someday in our reading of this book we will not meet so many absurdities and contradictions. I am waiting for a passage that will be meaningful to our situation in the world as it is and at least would teach us something. So far it seems to me that god is so concerned with the appearance of altars, the smell of perfumes and who shall scream his name loudest.

God appears to be so concerned with who the carpenters are that he appoints one himself. Tell me, how many gods to we have here? If it is god speaking, why not tell Moses have filled so and so with my spirit and then the next question is the spirit of god separate from him and then still a plethora of questions that I care not even to enumerate here.

31 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship,

Please tell me, by declaring the sabbath holy, did god make the other days unholy? It makes sense then why Catholics do all they do in the week and repent on Saturday in preparation for the holy day then continue with their lives as if there is no god. Perhaps most people are aware there is no god and only think about it when the matter is raised.

13 “But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. 14 Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you.

I need help understanding how such a draconian law would come from a just, loving and merciful god.

Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people.

And here god is so ambiguous no wonder Christians are not in agreement on which day this should be. In fact all the abrahamic religions are not in agreement on when this day should be

15 For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death. 16 So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’

I have heard someone say the seven days of creation are metaphorical, please tell me, if you believe they are how do you count this days of work? How do you know it is the time to rest?

17 It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.”

Just a few questions, how many fingers does god have? What language was Moses and god speaking. And was god standing, seating down, how did Moses know this was god speaking?

18 When He had finished speaking with him upon Mount Sinai, He gave Moses the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written by the finger of God.

Of incense and anointing oils

I think the person writing this chapter forgot that we had been given instructions on how to make the altar in Chapter 27

30 “Moreover, you shall make an altar as a place for burning incense; you shall make it of acacia wood. Its length shall be a cubit, and its width a cubit,………….opposite sides—and they shall be holders for poles with which to carry it. You shall make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold.

If there is a mercy-seat, it follows there should be a seat for condemnation, who sits on it and where is it placed? And how will god do this meeting? Will he send representatives or how is it gonna be?

You shall put this altar in front of the veil that is[near the ark of the testimony, in front of the mercy-seat that is over the ark of the testimony, where I will meet with you.

Now I know where the Catholics god the idea of incense

Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it; he shall burn it every morning when he trims the lamps. When Aaron trims the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense. There shall be perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations.

Why would an almighty god as this care about what type of incense its minions use? Does it have a nose to smell and differentiate the smells?

You shall not offer any strange incense on this altar, or burnt offering or meal offering; and you shall not pour out a drink offering on it.

This must have been a plot by the priests to defraud the people. Why for instance would any one need to pay a ransom during census? Whoever is interested in the numbers must bear the burden, not go around asking people to pay a ransom.

11 The Lord also spoke to Moses, saying, 12 “When you take a census of the sons of Israel to number them, then each one of them shall give a ransom for himself to the Lord, when you number them, so that there will be no plague among them when you number them.

The idea of indulgences that the Catholics sold at the time of  Martin Luther before the reformation must have been borrowed from here

16 You shall take the atonement money from the sons of Israel and shall give it for the service of the tent of meeting, that it may be a memorial for the sons of Israel before the Lord, to make atonement for yourselves.”

The followers of Mohamet claim their religion is inspired by god. While their practices are borrowed from the religions around the time the Koran is put together. Unless they are willing to concede on the lack of originality on the part of the non existent prophet and the early caliphates, they should shut up!

19 Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet from it; 20 when they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water, so that they will not die; or when they approach the altar to minister, by offering up in smoke a fire sacrifice to the Lord. 21 So they shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they will not die; and it shall be a perpetual statute for them, for Aaron and his descendants throughout their generations.”

They should have consulted Jean Baptiste Grenouille, of the Perfume; the story of a murder maybe he would have made them the special fragrance they are trying to make here.

25 You shall make of these a holy anointing oil, a perfume mixture, the work of a perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil.

Why or how the sons of Israel did not protest, I still don’t understand. How could he that claims to be most holy openly show favoritism and expect to be followed?

30 You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister as priests to Me. 31 You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations.

What happens when it pours on someone accidentally? Are they cut off?

32 It shall not be poured on anyone’s body, nor shall you make any like it in the same proportions; it is holy, and it shall be holy to you. 33 Whoever shall mix any like it or whoever puts any of it on a layman shall be cut off from his people.’”

If god is talking to Moses alone away from the other sons of Israel why should they be worried that someone would make a similar perfume while, as it is, the formula is between he and Moses only. But even if one were to make a similar perfume, why such a harsh treatment? What is this business with  monopoly and market dominance?

 38 Whoever shall make any like it, to use as perfume, shall be cut off from his people.”

On priestly ordination

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, 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

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.

Water and war at Horeb

This is the stuff comedy is made of. The sons of Israel didn’t carry enough water rations to last for 40 years and after taking a long

Water from the rock

detour into the desert, the inevitable happens, there is no water to drink and you know who they pile blame on. Moses takes the petition to god and is told to strike the rock at Mt. Horeb and viola we have water but he isn’t done yet he has to name the place. The place gets two names Massah and Meribah, am confused when do you call it what name?

If this is a war strategy, most generals would lose wars so easily but not the people of god

Then Amalek came and fought against Israel at Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men for us and go out, fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” 10 Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set. 13 So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword

Moses getting help with his hand. The sons of Israel can’t lose this war you know

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14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 Moses built an altar and named it The Lord is My Banner; 16 and he said, “The Lord has sworn; the Lord will have war against Amalek from generation to generation.”