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:
2 “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. 3 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.
4 Moses spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, “This is the thing which the Lord has commanded, saying, 5 ‘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, 6 and blue, purple and scarlet material, fine linen, goats’ hair, 7 and rams’ skins dyed red, and porpoise skins, and acacia wood, 8 and oil for lighting, and spices for the anointing oil, and for the fragrant incense, 9 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.