Numbers 26 – A Census for War & Land; Numbers 27 – Moses End is Near

Numbers 26 – Another Census

Another census takes place to count an army to prepare for more war.

26 – Equality

Chapter 26 numbers all the men of all the families over age 21. It is also by these numbers that their “inheritance” will be doled out. Does everyone get an equal “inheritance”?

Numbers 26:54 – To many thou shalt give the more inheritance, and to few thou shalt give the less inheritance: to every one shall his inheritance be given according to those that were numbered of him.

Not everyone is equal, and the larger the group, the more land they get. I will go out on a limb and say that this will create problems in the future.

Reiterating my past point: Just what was the end goal of this covenant in a specified chunk of land? We know that Abraham and Lot had a land squabble because both were “great in numbers”. What is going to happen with this land with pre-defined borders as the generations grow and grow in population? What happens when “nations” encroach upon each other, both thinking they have right to land and resources? WAR.

The author ends chapter 26 by reminding the reader that no man, except for Caleb and Joshua, who wandered the desert, were now in the land of inheritance.

Numbers 27 – Inheritance Rules

A new scenario has taken place: The daughters of a man named Zelophehad (notice one of the daughters is named Noah) questions Moses about their inheritance because their father died in the wilderness and he had no sons. Moses speaks to Jehovah on what to do:

27:7 – The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father’s brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them.

A few observations:

  • Jehovah’s laws are, at this point, still incomplete. Of all the laws he has made in the past, he didn’t make this one until Moses put the scenario forward.
  • Interesting cultural insight: A daughter is allowed to receive their father’s inheritance. This may be one of the more *fair* choices made by Jehovah in regards to women.

As if realizing this new scenario might bring forth even more questions, Jehovah clarifies his position on this inheritance, who it passes to in the event there are sons or daughters or receivers of said inheritance missing.

27 – Moses’ Punishment Begins

Remembering Moses and Aaron were both punished because the thirsty Israelites complained about water, Jehovah tells Moses to prepare to no longer move forward in the journey.

27:12 – And Jehovah said unto Moses, Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. And when thou hast seen it, thou shalt also be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered. For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.

“Righteous and Forgiving”

After ALL Moses has done for this deity, he is not forgiven and now faces his punishment. In a somewhat humiliating request, Jehovah tells him to look upon the land he is NOT allowed to enter and he is going to receive the same humiliating fate his brother Aaron met. Moses seemed to a be a devoted servant who received no reward. And I highly question the motive of his devotion. Was it:

  • He was truly devoted to serving Jehovah
  • He was truly devoted to not dying or being punished by Jehovah so he followed instructions
    • Modern Christians will say the first option is correct. I say it’s the second
    • After all, Jehovah CLEARLY made an attempt to take Moses life, and he had no problems brutally punishing his brother Aaron and sister Miriam.

Moses answers:

27:16 – Let Jehovah, the *elohe* of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, Which may got out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of Jehovah be not as sheep which have no shepherd.

You tell me the Bible is applicable to all people throughout the world at all times. Yet the concept of “sheep” and a “flock” is key to understanding the culture at this time. Not every civilization had sheep and shepherds. I stand by my conclusion that this book, at least to this point, is merely for a group of people in a specific time in a specific location (historic Middle East).

Also note: Moses calls Jehovah the *elohe*/god of the spirits of all flesh.

Also, the concept that these people, with their numbers and organized tribes/families, need a “shepherd” is interesting. The story is telling us there still needs to be an intermediary between the people and their god. Their god is unable to speak to them any other way. There are no councils, no representatives, no other form of organization to speak to a supposedly almighty all knowing god?

Jehovah chooses Joshua to take Moses place, he also instructs Moses:

27:19 – And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight. And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.

In other words, Joshua is going to replace Moses as an intermediary. Moses was a man of magic, with his supernatural staff. Is Joshua going to be the same?

Also interesting to note that Moses is going to give Joshua *some* of his honour… not all of it. Is *honor* some sort of energy source where you can mete it out as needed? A quick look at the Interlinear Hebrew and the word looks to mean more of vigor/splendor. KJV translation in action.

 

 

 

 

 

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Numbers 24 – 3rd Divination; Divination for Balak; Five Deity Names

The Third Divination/Offering

With the 3rd go around, Balaam instead of seeking divination between him and Jehovah again, rather, “set his face towards the wilderness” and received a vision:

Numbers 24:2 – And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of Elohim came upon him. And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the sone of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: He hath said, which heard the words of Elohim, which saw the visions of sad*day (almighty), falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:

This verse is Balaam describing himself, what he initially saw, and take note that he admits he’s in a “trance” the way man diviners receive their visions.

He then goes on to poetically describe what he sees. Notice the word switching between Jacob/Isreal and Elohim/Jehovah:

24:5 – How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel! As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which Jehovah hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters. He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted. Elohim brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with arrows. He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.

Observations:

  • Jehovah has planted trees? Is he seeing into the future? Will the verse verify this?
  • Look at all the mention of “water”. Two chapters ago, the Israelites were being KILLED because they had no water and complained about it.
  • Who’s seed is being referred to in 24:7?
    • Remember: It wasn’t until Jehovah “visited” and “did that thing” to Sarah that she bore children.
    • I conclude he speaks of Jehovah’s seed. The verse speaks directly to Jacob and Israel in the first verse, but speaks of Jehovah in 3rd person
      • Verse 5 starts out speaking directly to Jacob and Israel (underlined).
      • Jehovah is mentioned in the 3rd person (red)
      • The rest of the 3rd person uses he, thus
        • Jehovah has planted lign aloes and cedar trees
        • Jehovah will pour water out of his buckets and his seed will be in many waters
        • Jehovah’s king will be higher than Agag, his kingdom will be exalted
        • Elohim brought Jehovah out of Egypt
        • Jehovah has the strength of a unicorn
          • Remember, this was already mentioned regarding Jehovah
          • Thus, it CAN NOT be referring to Isaac or Jacob
      • The verse ends back to 1st person when Balaam speaks to Isaac and Jacob saying “those who bless thee are blessed, etc.
    • My conclusion confirmed by verse: the seed referred to in 24:7 is the seed of Jehovah: the Israelites who descend from Sara being *visited* by Jehovah

So Balaam’s vision tells him the Israelites are to be blessed, and this angers King Balak because he wanted them to be cursed, and apparently, in each of the 3 divinations, Balaam put a blessing on Israel.

Remember: Who ever blesses Israel will be blessed. Balaam blessed them three times. Will this rule stand?

Balak was hoping to heap great honor upon Balaam for cursing the Israelites, however:

24:13 – If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of Jehovah, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; but what Jehovah saith, that will I speak?

Notice in verse 13 Balaam clearly knows Jehovah, and calls him by his usual name Yaweh.

Balaam’s Proverb for Balak

Before Balaam returns to his people he offers a vision to Balak. Notice the usage of the three names/titles mentioned in previous verse. Three different entities? Or all the same?

24:16 – He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open (KJV)

Here’s the same verse using Hebrew Interlinear:

24:16 – He hath said, which heard the words of *El*, and knew the knowledge of El*Yon, which saw the vision of Sad*day…

So Balaam has attributed three different characteristics to each name:

  • El – words
  • El*Yon – knowledge
  • Sad*day – visions

Notice no mention of Yaweh/Jehovah. People argue they are one in the same. I conclude otherwise.

He explains to Balak how Israel will dominate the various peoples in the land: Moab, children of Sheth, Edom, Seir, how Amalek was destroyed forever, the Kenites will be carried away by Asshur.

24:23 – And he toook up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when *El* doeth this?

Ships from the coast of Kittim will come, afflict Asshur and Eber, and he (one of them?) will perish forever.

So who is Balaam referring to when he speaks of *el*? Remember, *el* is singular. Is he speaking of a different deity other than Jehovah? If not, why not just use Jehovah, as he did in verse 13?

Is there another force behind Jehovah, that gives him his power to be “strong like a unicorn”? Is this deity *El* that Balaam refers to?

The deities listed so far, for reference:

  • Elohim – gods (plural)
  • Jehovah/Yaweh – The LORD (singular)
  • El*yon – most High (singular)
  • Sad*day – Almighty (singular)
  • El – god (singular)

More questions that require rewinding back to Genesis:

  • Who is Sheth?
    • Is this the same Seth, 3rd child of Adam and Eve?
    • When did Seth’s bloodline go wrong?
    • How did Seth’s bloodline live on after Noah’s flood?
  • Who is Seir?
    • Seir was a Horite
    • Later references refer to Seir as a “land”
  • Who is Asshur?
    • Second son of Shem, Noah’s son
    • Thought to be named for Assyria, responsible for building Ninevah
    • Note that in some cases, Asshur was considered “a god”
  • Where is Kittim?
    • Thought to be an island or set of islands
    • Possibly current day Cypress
  • Who is Eber?
    • Great great grandson of Shem
    • Father of Terah, Abraham’s father

Looking at the genealogy of Eber, despite him being the grandfather of Abraham, that lineage is not part of the covenant and those people are visioned to perish forever.

This reminds me, just how did Abram end up in Ur of Chaldee, Babylon? Maybe a look back at that part in Genesis is necessary.

Numbers 23 – 3 Offerings of Divination; Elohim vs. Jehovah vs. El

The First Offering/Divination

Balaam instructs Balak to build 7 altars, and prep 7 oxen and 7 rams for sacrifice, and Balaam made these offerings.

Numbers 23:3 – And Balaam said unto Balak, Stand by thy burnt offering, and I will go: peradventure Jehovah will come to meet me: and whatsoever he sheweth me I will tell thee. And he went to an high place.

So, it’s becoming clearer that for Balaam to speak to Jehovah and/or Elohim, there needs to be a burnt offering. Isn’t this a form of divination? Isn’t divination frowned upon by modern churches? Yet, if Jehovah is the god of the modern churches, divination was definitely one way to speak to him.

Also don’t forget Abram’s divination process of cutting animals open and laying them in a pattern on the ground for Jehovah to clarify his prophecy of the future. (Genesis 15:9 – 17).

So the divination works, and Elohim meets with Balaam during the offerings, and tells Balaam what to speak to Balak.

Balaam to Balak: Balak (saying he came from Aram) summarizes how Balak has asked him to curse the Israelites. Balaam says he is not able to curse or defy anyone that Elohim has not cursed or defied. He can see Elohim from the tops of rocks and hills, and that the Israelites are to be left alone. Balaam also ends by saying he wants to die like Jacob, and die the death of righteousness (though I believe while Jacob’s death may have been righteous, his actions during his life were definitely NOT.)

In summary: King Balak brings Balaam up to a “high place”, offers burnt offerings for divination, and Balaam divines with Elohim and/or Jehovah, then tells Balak what is supposed to.

The Second Offering/Divination

Repeat this procedure again. This time Balak takes Balaam to another high place and the procedure is repeated.

Balaam to Balak: Elohim is not a man and thus does not lie. Nor is he a son of man, who repents. What he says he makes good. Balaam was told to bless, so he blessed and it can’t be reversed.

Take very close note of this next verse. Remember that Jehovah and Moses have found iniquity in the Israelites, to the point they are punished with plagues and death.

23:21 – He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: Jehovah his god is with him, and the shout of a king is among them.

Major Observations:

  • There seems to be a pattern on the word usage of Elohim and Yaweh (Jehovah).
    • Elohim, Yaweh, Elohim, Yaweh
  • Elohim does not see iniquity or perverseness with Jacob/the Isrealites
    • Jehovah HOWEVER has seen iniquity and has punished them multiple times
    • CAN YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ELOHIM AND JEHOVAH!
      • They are NOT the same
  • Even the verse separates “He” (Elohim as mentioned in verse 19) from “Jehovah his god”
  • The “shout of a king” is a thing, and should be marked down for future reference

Balaam continues to speak to Balak

23:22 – Elohim brought them out of Egypt; he hat as it were the strength of the unicorn.

Ok, we are supposedly dealing with an All Mighty and All Powerful god, and he is described as having the “strength of a unicorn”? Let’s look at the Interlinear Hebrew:

23:22 – El brought them out of Egypt; he has it were the strength to of a unicorn (re*em)

Remember:

  • El – singular – “god”
  • Elohim – plural – “gods”

This changes the dynamics of this story. According to Balaam, *El* brought the Israelites out of Egypt. According to Jehovah, he *Yaweh* brought the Israelites out of Egypt. Why not just use the word Yaweh/Jehovah? Is *El* a different deity? Balaam has used the word Yaweh before, so why not now? Why the distinction?

Also note: the term “unicorn” is Hebrew *ra-am* which can also mean “wild ox”

So, according to Balaam, who’s god is Jehovah, Elohim (who is also supposed to be Jehovah and brought the Israelites out of Egypt) has the “strength of a wild ox”? That’s an ODD way to describe an omnipotent deity!

Balaam continues:

23:23 – Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath Elohim wrought!

Observations:

  • Note that the writing style differentiating Elohim/Yaweh has also changed in regards to Jacob and Israel
    • Why the term “Jacob and of Israel” if they are the same
    • Is the author and/or Balaam saying they aren’t the same?
      • No enchantment (*nahas*) against Jacob
      • No divination (*qesem*) against Israel
  • Is it really true there is no “enchantment” against Jacob/Israel?
    • Supposedly there is an enchantment aka BLESSING for Jacob/Israel
      • Enchantment: *nahas*
      • Blessing: *barak*

The Third Offering Divination

As if the individual who applied verse numbers to these books (remember there was no original “bible” and verse and chapter numbers were man made), we are told a 3rd  offering was made (7 and 7 again) but Numbers 23 ends.

 

 

 

Numbers 22 – King Balak, Balaam, Elohim, Jehovah, Satan; Baal

The children of Israel move forward on their journeys into Canaan, pitching their tents in the plains of Moab.

New Character: Balak, king of the Moabites, son of Zippor

Balak has seen all that has happened with the Amorites, and he feared for his own people, so he consults with the elders of Midian and then reaches out for help.

Numbers 22:5 – He (Balak) sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pehtor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out of Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me:

Note the use of language here, while there is a “children of Israel” there is also a “children of Balak”, meaning Balak is a patriarch to his people the way Jacob/Israel was to his. Balak has a special request for Balaam:

22:6 – Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.

Balaam must have special powers, after all, as Balak affirms, when Balaam blesses or curses someone, they indeed are blessed or cursed. Take this as: not just ANYONE can bless or curse another. So the group of elders being consulted seek out Balaam:

22:7 – And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him words of Balak.

So it looks like, according to this verse, the cost of divination is considered “rewards of divination” which go to the diviner. Balaam tells the elders to stay the night there, because Jehovah is going to speak to him.

22:9 – And *elohim* came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee?

Now we have the Elohim speaking to Balaam, not only that (whether it is Jehovah or the multiple Elohim), this being is NOT All Knowing. He has to ask “who are these guys?”

Wouldn’t an all knowing god already know who they are!

Balaam speaks the words of Balak to Elohim, and Elohim denies his request to have them cursed. The group returns a second time, with more prominent princes to make the request to Balaam.

22:18 – And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of Jehovah my god.

So, despite not being part of the 12 tribes as mentioned so far, Balaam says that Jehovah is his god.

In a strange turn of events:

  1. Elohim speaks with Balaam at night, and tells him to go with the men who called him, but to wait for Elohim’s word on what to do
  2. Balaam wakes up in the morning and went with the men

22:22 – And Elohim’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of Jehovah stood in the way for an adversary against him.

Balaam does what Elohim tells him to do, and Elohim becomes angry? This type of illogical instruction is exactly what Jehovah does (remember how he sent Moses off to Egypt and then went to kill him?)

Let’s break off from the narrative and look at verse 22 again, this time in the Hebrew Interlinear:

22:22 – And was kindled the anger of Elohim because he went, and the malak (angel) of Jehovah stood in the way le*satan (for an adversary).

Note that the word for adversary is *Satan*, and that the Angel of Jehovah is technically a Satan. This is the ORIGINAL Hebrew, and it defines Satan as a title, not as an actual person. Remember in Genesis 2, with the Serpent that modern churches call the Devil, the word “serpent” was NOT Satan or Devil.

So “Satan” in the Old Testament is nothing more than a title meaning adversary.

It’s right there in the Original Hebrew of Numbers 22:22.

So this Satan stands before Balaam as he travels on his donkey. The donkey sees the Satan and buckles 3 times, and 3 times Balaam strikes the donkey to get it moving again.

22:28 – And Jehovah opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these 3 times? And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.

Observations:

  • The donkey is female (any significance to this?)
  • We know the serpent is able to speak to mankind, now we find a talking donkey
  • Balaam responds to the talking donkey with little surprise:
    • Instead of “What is this, a talking donkey?!”
    • Balaam answers the donkey as if talking donkey’s were normal
  • The donkey could see the Satan, but Balaam couldn’t, until his “eyes were opened” by the angel

The angel repeats the words of Elohim “go with the men, and wait until I speak to you to tell you what to say” (which is odd because previous verse says he already went with the men.)

King Balak goes out to meet Balaam, and Balaam tells Balak he is only going to speak the words Elohim put in his mouth. They travel to Kirjath-huzoth “a city of streets.”

22:40 – And Balak offered oxen and sheep, and sent to Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.

Who did Balak offer oxen and sheep to? We already know Jehovah demands these offerings. Did he offer them to Chemosh? Another god?

The next day Balak took Balaam into the “high places” of Baal, so he could view all the people.

 

 

 

 

 

Numbers 14 – KJV Mistranslation! Jehovah Punishes Again; No Forgiveness!

Apparently, the Israelites who were NOT spies, realizing the land they were about to enter was filled with giants of great power, began to mourn at their prospective future. In an oft repeated theme I like to point out when comparing their captivity in Egypt to their captivity under Jehovah, the Israelites react:

Numbers 14:2 – And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God had we died in this wilderness!

Notice that I left the word “God” in this verse, which I have not done recently. In the past I have inserted the word Elohim, Jehovah, or the various other names of potentially different deities. Why this time? Because I believe KJV (and thus MAN) has mistranslated this verse from the original Hebrew. Here’s the interlinear:

would god
Note that “lu” is translated as “would God” when there is NO word in the phrase that would point to the eventual translation to “God”

The translators of the Bible lose major credibility with mistranslation like this. When you look at non-KJV versions, you see their translation is more aligned with the original Hebrew (see biblehub.com)

What’s Strong’s Concordance say about “lu” (word 3683):

if god
Note that NOWHERE else when “lu” is used, is the word “God” inserted into the translation. MAN has forced this translation to fit into his meaning. Isn’t this blasphemy?

It’s hard to want to move forward with the KJV bible when evidence of mistranslation like this shows up.

Back to the story…

The Israelites once again repeat their disdain with their current situation:

14:3 – And wherefore hath Jehovah brought us into this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?

Apparently, the “miracles” and “power” of Jehovah up to this point were not enough to persuade the Israelites that they are in no danger. What does this mean?

  • Jehovah’s powers, and his powers through Moses, were complete exaggerations
  • The Israelites had no regard for Jehovah’s powers

The Israelites ask to make a captain for them, and to return to Egypt. Moses and Aaron react negatively falling on their faces (14:5). Joshua and Caleb, rent their clothes (14:6).

14:7 – And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.

But WAIT! Didn’t they return with an “evil” report that the land was consuming its inhabitants?! So did they lie about their evil report? Or are they lying about it being a “exceeding good land”?

Here’s the ultimate in warnings. We already know what Jehovah is capable of when it comes to punishing his own people:

14:9 – Only rebel not ye against Jehovah, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and Jehovah is with us: fear them not.

Interesting verse. The people in Canaan are “bread” for the Israelites… are they going to eat them?

And more importantly, they are saying that the people they are about to slaughter ARE DEFENSELESS.

Note, my KJV version says “defence” = “shadow” aka “their shadow is departed from them…”

Regardless, the Israelites wanted to stone Moses, Aaron, and possibly Joshua and Caleb. Even Jehovah does not understand how his *signs* have not struck complete fear into the Israelites:

14:11 – And Jehovah said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them.

Remember he boasted he was “righteous and forgiving”:

14:12 – I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they.

Jehovah is more than willing to destroy “his” people, and pass the covenant on to Moses and  his kin. He boasts he would make Moses a “greater” nation, but how in the world can this be true if he can’t even control his current people? What’s he going to do differently with Moses’ kin as compared to Jacob’s kin? Exact more brutal punishment for not following him?

Moses, speaking to a supposedly almighty god, tries to persuade Jehovah:

14:13 – And Moses said unto Jehovah, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;) And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou Jehovah art among his people…

Once again, Moses throws the Egyptians in the face of Jehovah, the concept that Egyptians would think negatively of Jehovah, in order to change Jehovah’s mind. Apparently we now find that the Egyptians are in communication with the Canaanites (which shouldn’t be surprising considering that trade routes and intermingling of cultures are widespread despite the Bible’s insistence that this group of people are isolated under their patron god.)

14:15 – Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying, Because Jehovah was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness.

Moses has just called into question, the almighty power of Jehovah. He’s basically saying “You promised this people this land, yet you could not deliver, and you had to kill them, what would the people already in this land think!?”

Powerful verse. He’s telling Jehovah that his inability to keep his promises to his own people will make him look weak in the eyes of the people in the land of Canaan.

How much more proof do you need that Jehovah is not an all powerful or almighty deity?!

This is a very BOLD statement for Moses to make in front of a deity that has shown no inhibition to destroy, burn, and murder his own people. So Moses goes into to kiss-up mode to avoid Jehovah’s wrath:

14:18 – Jehovah is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation. Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people, from Egypt until now.

Jehovah concedes to Moses’ plea. But, there are conditions:

14:20 – And Jehovah said, I have pardoned according to thy word. But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of Jehovah. Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice. Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it.

Seriously, focus on the Jehovah’s own words and compare it to the boasts that not only makes of himself, but also the boasts of Moses.

Did he seriously say he PARDONED the people? Did he also say “hearkened to my voice” when he won’t even speak to the Israelites directly? He has just said that everyone alive at the time will not enter the land he promised them. If that’s the case, then his “sware” became a “LIE”.

Ah, but there’s one exception: Caleb, who in previous Chapter believed the Israelites should immediately move into the land of Canaan with no fear while the rest of them feared.

14:24 – But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.

Just what was this “another spirit” that Caleb had in him? We know that, in previous verse, the word spirit also meant human emotion, so while everyone else showed fear, Caleb showed bravery (or foolishness depending on which side of the aisle you are on.)

14:26 – And Jehovah spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me. Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith Jehovah, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:

Note the phrase that Jehovah, supposedly an all-knowing and all-powerful god, repeats: “…as truly as I live…” does this mean Jehovah has a life expectancy?

“Righteous and Forgiving”

14:29 – Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me, Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

All those in the presence at the time, 20 years and older, will die in the wilderness. DESPITE THE FACT that Jehovah SWORE they would enter their land. In other words, Jehovah is admitting he’s breaking a VOW.

The only ones alive at the moment who will enter Canaan are Caleb and Joshua. No mention of women, however, considering the fact that women are simply property to the culture at this time, it’s not surprising. Note that Moses and Aaron are not considered exclusions to this mandate, they too will not enter the land.

So if the current Israelites aren’t going to enter the land, then their children will. What kind of situation will the children be looking at?

14:32 – But as for you, your carcasses, they shall fall in this wilderness. And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcasses be wasted in the wilderness.

So the children are going to watch their parents DIE in the wilderness, and the children will roam the wilderness for 40 years, and they are supposed to somehow find favor in the deity that swore to their parents they would enter the land, and then broke that vow?! Is it any wonder the children also defied this tyrant deity?! (spoiler alert).

Even Jehovah admits he’s broke his vow:

14:34 – After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.

It gets worse:

14:36 – And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land, Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before Jehovah.

“Righteous and Forgiving”

The Israelites mourned at the current situation. The subjugated people attempted to reconcile, after all they have just watched their own people die from the plague, what other recourse do they have?

14:40 – And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which Jehovah hath promised: for we have sinned.

So the people seek penance, their sin was having *doubt* (they were humans after all, we all have doubt). So what does Moses and Jehovah do?

14:41 – And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of Jehovah? but it shall not prosper. Go not up, for Jehovah is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies. For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from Jehovah, therefore Jehovah will not be with you.

No forgiveness to be seen, despite Jehovah boasting he is “Righteous and Forgiving”.

14:45 – Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.

So the people, being simple humans and having doubt, turn to Moses and Jehovah for penance, and are ignored and allowed to be punished by the Amalekites and Canaanites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Numbers 13 – Spying on Canaan; Giants!

The land of Canaan is near, and Jehovah tells Moses to send out men to “spy” on the land of Canaan before they enter it.

Why would an all knowing god need his people to send spies to see what the land they are headed to looks like?

Moses sends Jehoshua (aka Joshua) to lead the spies.

Geographical note: They are in the wilderness of Paran, and Moses instructs them to go *south* and to go up the mountain to look down on the land (Numbers 13:17).

Considering they traveled north from Egypt, why would the end up going south? More research needs to be done on this one. What we are looking for is a mountain north of Canaan that the Israelites would be able to travel to without actually traveling through Canaan.

It was grape harvesting season, and this is what happens next:

Numbers 13:22 – And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypty)

Note: The author is making the assumption that the reader knows not only Anak, but his children, and also knows a land called Hebron and Zoan. Written for the people of the time or applicable for people in the future?

13:23 – And they came unto the brook (KJV note: valley) of Eschol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.

These had to be GIANT grapes, for one cluster to be carried between two men holding a staff. Will future verse expound on the concept of giant fruits? Giant people? A land of giant things?

grapes-on-stick
Author example of a Biblical author and his exaggeration? Or were the grapes really gargantuan in size?

Joshua and his spies returned after 40 days of spying. In the spies own words to Moses:

13:27 – And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and morever we saw the children of Anak there.

Ok, from an anthropological point of view: If there are giant grapes (and seeds) and great, walled cities, surely there would be some physical evidence of them today? Or is the author going to tell us that EVERYTHING (walls and giant things) was wiped out when the Israelites enter the land? I look forward to discovering.

Here are the aforementioned indigenous peoples and their location in Canaan:

  • Amalekites in the south
  • Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites in the mountains
  • Canaanites by the sea and the coast of Jordan

If the Israelites have spent the past few generations in Egypt, how in the world did they know who the sons of Anak were? Or what the names of said people living in Canaan?

So the land is flowing with milk and honey, the grapes are substantial, but apparently all is not good with the land.

13:32 – And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature.

Look at the language in this verse, how it contradicts:

  • The land is flowing with milk and honey
    • Yet we are told it is “evil”
  • The land is eating up its inhabitants
    • Yet we are told the inhabitants, ALL of them, are men of great stature

So the land, which flows with milk and honey, is evil, and is eating up men of great stature.

Is this great stature literal? The people are giants? Or does stature refer to ordinary, yet, mighty men, men of renown (as we saw in Genesis 6). Genesis 6:4 tells us there were giants in the days of Noah, AND afterwards.

To answer the question in their own words:

13:33 – And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Let’s rephrase the earlier conclusion:

The land, which flows with milk and honey, is evil, and is eating up giants.

Does this make sense? Are there giant bones found in Canaan today?

Let’s go to the Hebrew interlinear for some clarification: the term translated into giants is *Nephilim*. Strongs Concordance (word 5303) translates *nephilim* as stemming from the word (5307) *nephal* which means, “to fall”. Were these fallen beings?

If they were “giants” or “fallen ones”, then WHO was Anak?

Rabbit hole? Go look up the Annunaki, and notice the similarity between the name Anak and the name Annunaki.

Anyhow, the spies have mentioned that they were like grasshoppers in the sight of the giants. Yet they say the land is eating up its inhabitants (as if to justify the upcoming genocide by pointing to the concept that the land is corrupted).

Numbers 11 – Complainers; Jehovah’s Wrath; Prophesy; More Death!

Numbers 11:1 – And when the people complained, it displeased Jehovah: and Jehovah heard it; his anger was kindled; and the fire of Jehovah burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.

Let’s rephrase this with the KJV footnotes I have:

Numbers 11:1 – And when the people were as it were complainers, it was evil in the ears of Jehovah…

See that? Complaining is *evil*. Note that there is no mention of the devil BTW, who is supposedly the source of evil in modern church philosophy.

Remember, this is a god that boasts that he is “Righteous and Forgiving”

The spot where the burning of the people took place was named Taberah, because “the fire of Jehovah burnt among them”

The last time we heard the “fire of/from Jehovah” was Sodom and Gomorrah, where fire and brimstone rained down upon the city, again, like a volcanic eruption.

It must have been a serious set of circumstances because, despite some already being burnt to death:

11:4 – And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting; and the children of Israel also (returned and) wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?

Still think that the Israelites saw the Exodus and servitude to Jehovah as being better than living in Egypt?

11:5 – We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

Remember back in the Elohim creation story, as well as Elohim’s instructions to Noah and his family that left the ark? They were told that ALL plants and herbs and animals were there for them to subjugate and eat. This includes fish, and cucumbers, and melons, etc. NO MENTION OF MANNA.

What is happening here? This Jehovah deity is breaking the mandates of the Creation and the Replenishment of the earth by only providing manna for the people to eat. Isn’t this going against the mandate that was already put in place, supposedly by him?

So, ALL THIS TIME, all the people had to eat was manna, and they were not happy about it. This strengthens my argument that these people were taken out of “slavery” in Egypt and given a new form of slavery that they are not happy with.

Moses’ heard the cries of the people, and panic set in. He pleads with Jehovah, asking him what he did to deserve this affliction and burden, and he pleads that the burden is too heavy. Harking to the Moses of old:

11:15 – And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.

So, the supposedly almighty god, capable of ANYTHING in the universe, has a solution: spread the pain of the burden. He tells Moses to gather 70 elders and to bring them to the tabernacle to stand with him.

11:17 – And I (Jehovah) will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.

So, rather than providing the Israelites with what we would consider basic food (fish and vegetables), he decides to pass this spirit of “wretchedness” on to a bunch of elders so that Moses isn’t carrying it all by himself. So instead of one man being wretched, 70 elderly people will be wretched with him.

11:18 – And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of Jehovah, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore Jehovah will give you flesh, and ye shall eat.

In a sadistic and sarcastic manner, Jehovah continues:

11:19 – Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days; But even a whole month, until it comes out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised Jehovah which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?

Can we not continue to conclude that the people “worship” and follow the commands of this god, not out of loyalty and thanks, but out of fear?! Look at his response to a mere human condition of complaining? Would you stuff your children’s mouths and nostrils with food if they complained they were hungry?

Moses questions Jehovah, asking him just how Moses is going to supply all the “flesh” to eat, asking if cooking all their “flocks”.

So now we know the purpose of their flock, at this juncture, was NOT for food (as it was in previous verse in Genesis and as commanded during Creation and after the Flood), but the flock merely existed to supply Jehovah with offerings!

The event of “passing the spirit of wretchedness” took place. What happened to those who received the spirit:

11:25 – And Jehovah came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.

The first mention of prophecy. So just what did they prophecy about? Does the word used here actually mean what we are told “prophecy” is?

Take a look at Strong’s Concordance (word 5012:naba) to this particular word. It can also mean “rave”, as in “raving lunatic”. Just what really happened to these elders? Were the speaking of the future, or were they, after receiving a “spirit”, possessed and raving? Will we see future events where people receive a “spirit” and then go into an unnatural state?

Apparently two elders, Eldad and Medad, began to prophesize/rave *outside* of the tabernacle, which must have been taboo, so Joshua tells Moses to forbid them:

11:29 – And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God* that all Jehovah’s people were prophets, and that Jehovah would put his spirit upon them!

Can we conclude that prophesying/raving was something that normally happened inside the tabernacle?

Back to the eating of “flesh”. In a telling statement that Jehovah does NOT want the flocks to be turned into food (meaning they were ALL for him and his offerings):

11:31 – And there went forth a wind from Jehovah, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day’s journey on this side, and as it were a day’s journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth.

So, while the people suddenly have meat to eat:

11:33 – And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of Jehovah was kindled against the people, and Jehovah smote the people with a very great plague.

“Righteous and Forgiving”

The place where the plague was kindled was then called Kibroth-hattaavah, because “there they buried the people that lusted” aka the “graves of lust”

Notice the word usage here: “lust”. The connotation of lust is negative. Go back to the beginning of the chapter and realize the people just wanted to eat regular food. Is that LUST?! Especially considering that Elohim creation and the family of Noah were told that all plant and animals were there for them to eat. ALL plant and animals.

So now we see the Israelites being punished for something mankind was told to do during Creation and Post-Flood. It almost seems Jehovah has hijacked these people away from the commands of the Elohim and made his own set of rules.

Yet I was taught that it was all one god in the Bible? Jehovah is proving that he is completely different than previous versions.

 

 

 

 

Numbers 5 – Trespass against Jehovah; Law of Jealousies

Numbers 5 begins with Jehovah instructing Moses to throw the following people out of the camp:

  • Lepers
  • Anyone with an “issue”
  • Those defiled by the dead

The Israelites throw them out of the camp.

Sins of Man – Trespass against Jehovah – Law of Jealousies

If a man commits a sin:

  • They will confess their sin
  • They will pay (money) for their sins, a principal plus 20 percent (a fifth part?)
    • Money goes to their victim or their family
    • If no family, money goes to Jehovah via a priest

If  a man’s wife commits a trespass against him, lays with another man, the husband does not see it, she is defiled, no witness against her…. (yikes, the conditions)

Numbers 5:14 – And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealouse of his wife, and she be not defiled.

I quote this text because of the idea that “jealousy” is considered a “spirit”. We call them, today, emotions. The author is using spirit in a different context than normal (today at least). Human emotion – spirit. This is important to know as we come across future use of the word spirit. It can be ambiguous to our current understanding of what a “spirit” is and thus can seriously change our translations of “spirit” throughout the rest of the Bible. In verse 18 we see that the woman is, as part of the ritual, to hold a “jealousy” offering, the priest will be holding bitter water causes the curse (curse is jealousy?)

So the woman is placed before the Priest as part of a ritual, if she was not defiled (after all no witnesses, etc) then she is free from the bitter water that causes the curse (curse of jealousy?)

If she was defiled then Jehovah will curse her with “thigh to rot, and belly to swell” after she drinks the water.

If she wasn’t defiled, then she is clean and is free to go and conceive children.

Unfortunately, we know today a wife can cheat on her husband, and pretty much get away with it, still have children, and can do so without drawn out rituals.

My question is: What about when the MAN is the one cheating? Does this go back to the idea that the sin in the Garden of Eden was Eve’s fault, so by default, men are not judged by the same standards as women, in this ancient Middle Eastern culture?

What about the man who the woman in question cheated with? Previous verse tells us both were to be stoned to death, but now we are told she has to go through a ritual, and no mention of the punishment for the man. A quick look at the next Chapter in Numbers and sure enough, this Law of Jealousies ends at this point. Seems like the women get the bad part of this bargain. What happens if the situation turns and her husband goes out and lays with another woman?

These “laws” are becoming ambiguous and repetitive with not a lot of consistency.

 

Leviticus – Redux

Leviticus must be frustrating for those wishing to learn more about the words in the Bible, and how it all meshes with modern religion.

Modern religion seems to be a frankenstein like beast, put together with fragments of dead stories which fit best with modern times and norms. The rest of the pieces of the stories are ignored or not discussed.

Who’s to blame them? There are so many foreign concepts and ideas in Leviticus, it’s almost as if the entire book of Leviticus, AND Genesis and Exodus, were clearly written for a specific set of people in a specific time in history in a specific geographic location. Which is one of my primary points in this blog, and Leviticus only solidifies my argument.

So why do modern Christians believe the bible, from beginning to end, is applicable to them as a whole? Is it the misused usage of words like “forever” and “the whole earth” when we see that “forever” ended A LONG TIME AGO (i.e. the Levitical priesthood) and the “whole earth” really only describes the geographic locations the author knew about at the time.

After all, it wasn’t until 1492 that people realized there was an entire Hemisphere between them and India. Suddenly, the concept of the “whole world” changed!

People today believe Jehovah is the creator of the universe. Yet Leviticus states that there are many rituals that are to be performed “for ever”. They have not been performed in thousands of years in the presence of the tabernacle. Yet the world moves on and progresses and the punishments Jehovah laid out in Leviticus 26 are not here.

Heave offerings, wave offerings, burnt flock, burning fat, altars, anointing, oils, priestly regalia. All foreign to most anyone outside the Middle East proper. Yet I’m supposed to believe this book is for all people throughout the world?

Oh, and who can forget the body count between Jehovah and the Devil at this point in the Bible, the end of Leviticus. All death and destruction has come at the hands of Jehovah. NOTHING from the devil. His only “evil” was telling Adam and Eve the truth about eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The Bible is clear on this point.

I can almost hear the cry of Christians saying I am a devil apologist, etc. I’m only repeating what the Bible clearly states. Jehovah said they would die if they ate the fruit; The Serpent said they would only open their eyes if they ate the fruit. They ate the fruit and opened their eyes. Who is the liar in this story!?

Look at what happened to the two sons of Aaron, burnt to death by Jehovah. Look at how Leviticus treats medical issues like leprosy, no actual treatment, except through burnt offerings and priestly rituals. Does this pass in modern times? Does a parent kill their children for bringing them the wrong food? When you have a flu, do you burn a goat to heal yourself?

The dichotomy between Jehovah and Elohim is briefly touched upon in Leviticus. Elohim gave us the stars to track days and times; Jehovah says do not observe times.

The church tells us there are 10 main Commandments. Well the 10 they talk about are actually part of 13 total if you single out the specific chapter they are mentioned in. Conveniently those last 3 are left out in modern times (picking and choosing?) Not only that, there are HUNDREDS more commandments laid out.

The writing style of Leviticus seems to be continuous from Exodus, but oddly scattered, as we find smack dab in the middle of the constant commandments coming out of Jehovah, a story about a man who cursed Jehovah and was stoned to death.

Leviticus 26 is probably the most potent chapter of them all when studying the personality of this god, Jehovah. The brutality of his punishments tells me he is no better, nay, he is much worse towards the Israelites than the Egyptians were.

The Israelites are clearly still under slavery and servitude, except instead of to a Pharaoh and his nation, they are shackled under an invisible god working through an intermediary via Moses and a priesthood clan.

I still stand on my belief that either a) Jehovah at this time is NOT the same Jehovah in Genesis and Exodus, but the entity (or Moses) has hijacked his name; OR; b) The Jehovah concept is being used by a powerful magician via Moses, who utilizes volcanic and natural events to control his people through fear.

The idea that Jehovah walked among Adam, Abraham, etc. but can not appear to anyone but Moses in Exodus and Leviticus tells me they are not the same entity. The term “elohim”, despite being the entities credited for all the good creation in Genesis 1, have all but disappeared from the Bible at this point. Yet modern churches preach that it is the same entity from beginning to end.

If I was being proselytized to, in a foreign land far from the cultures of the historic (or even modern) Middle East, this book thus far would have absolutely ZERO applicability on my life. The majority of the story would be completely foreign and inapplicable to my survival.

YET! This story has spread all across the world like wildfire. Is it because it is, indeed, applicable to all the world?

OR! Is it because the manner in which it was initially spread (by book or sword) and the ultimate message (follow this or you are going to burn in hell forever) have put absolute fright into those who receive the message?

Millions have died as these Abrahamic religions that reference these early books in the Bible spread around the world. At some point, a parent is going to accept these teachings in order to save their children from death at the hands of the religious fanatic. The children grow up, and pass it on to their children, etc. At some point, we forget just HOW this doctrine was given to us and we accept it all as fact, never remembering the dismembering, torture, burnings, and death that accompanied these religions as they spread into distant lands.

Problem is, unlike the peoples of the past, TODAY we are free people, we can read for ourselves, we can research the past for ourselves, we can analyze what religions tell us is “true” and make decisions on our own. Is it any wonder people leave modern religions despite the promise of burning hell and fire and brimstone as punishment if they do?

At some point the Boogy Man no longer puts fear in the child who has become an adult when the adult realizes there really wasn’t an actual Boogy Man. Reading the actual words of the Bible is slowly removing said fear, despite the modern churches still teaching this fragmented doctrine of eternal hell and an angry vengeful god.

I could easily toss this book aside at this point in the Bible for all said reasons above, but I am continuing forward because I enjoy the process of discovery.

Leviticus 25 – Land Sabbath; Jubilee; Slavery

A strange thing occurred when I sat down to analyze Leviticus 25. My Bible app on my iPad would not let me focus on the chapter. The login window would pop up and down, up and down, obscuring the text every 2 seconds. Earlier today I had reviewed the chapter briefly with no issues. Very odd.

Leviticus 25 begins in regards to keeping a sabbath to the *land*, as in how crops are to be treated. After 7 years of sabbaths, a new ritual, the “jubilee” is explained, in which every man returns to his family, and what sounds like every debt is forgiven, if not already paid.

It also discusses how and why to raise and lower prices on crops of the field.

Much like with manna and days, the 7th year the land is to be left alone, at which point Jehovah will triple the output in the 6th year to help them cope with the 7th.

The Levites also receive preferential treatment in regards to redeeming possessions.

Leviticus 25:35 – And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee

In probably the first notable commandment in regards to humanity towards a fellow human being, I have to ask: Why did it take so long?

The next few verses talk about not charging interest (aka usury which today is frowned upon in Islam and Christianity, but strangely not Judaism who supposedly still follow the law of Moses.)

Here’s another look at how Jehovah views his ‘people’:

25:42 – For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bondsman.

To Jehovah, they are servants. Why would an almighty, all powerful god need servants? Kings have servants. Rich people have servants. Interesting.

What about the people *around* the Israelites? The non-Israelites, the neighbors, the travelers, the strangers? Didn’t Jehovah create them too? They can be sold as bondsman.

Verse 46 tells us that any bondsman taken will be an inheritance to your children, and these bondsman must come from non-Israelite heathens. It’s illegal to take a bondsman from the Israelites.

Just in case the reader didn’t get the point the first time:

25:55 – For unto me the children of Israel are servants; they are my servants whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: I am Jehovah your god.

Was that Jehovah’s reason for removing them from the servitude and slavery of Egypt? I reiterate my point that they went from one form of slavery and servitude to another. In Egypt, they toiled with hard work. With Jehovah, they face punishment of death at all corners regarding most of his rules.

Leviticus 25 is yet another chapter among many that has no bearing on life today. Servitude and slavery is frowned upon in most civilized societies. What does this say about Jehovah? What does this say about the followers of Jehovah today?

  • Religion of the past has stayed in the slave era yet society has advanced far beyond it (for the most part). Yet the world is still around not facing the wrath of this god.
  • Followers of Jehovah only follow what fits into this world, and quietly ignore the other hundreds of mandates he demanded of his people.
  • No where does it say that the rules Jehovah mandated are for ALL peoples, only those he brought out of Egypt (and the unfortunate slaves that they keep).

In modern Christianity, the focus on worldly possessions is frowned upon. In the Old Testament, possessing slaves and materials was not only well accepted there were all kinds of rules on how to deal with them.

In regards to slavery, can we step into the zone of reality and say owning and selling other human beings is EVIL? Why would a loving god allow ownership of other humans? I’ve heard people say it was the evil of humanity as influenced by the devil that allowed historical slavery as we know it today. That is completely wrong, Jehovah not only condoned it but he regulated it to his own people!