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.

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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 3rdĀ  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 21 – King Arad & King Sihon; Seraphim Serpents; Another god: Chemosh

Apparently the Canaanites were quite aware that the Israelites “spied” on them. We have a new character, King Arad the Canaanite, who fought and took Israelites hostage.

Numbers 21:2 – And Israel vowed a vow unto Jehovah, and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.

Why have their not been any other vows between Israel and Jehovah? Just how did they make this vow, was Moses an intermediary? In every verse before this, Moses was always an intermediary. How were the Israelites able to make a vow to a deity that could (or would) not speak directly to them? This vow makes little sense.

Numbers 21:3 – And Jehovah hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and he called the name of the place Hormah.

Why didn’t the Israelites make a vow in exchange for food and water? When it comes to WAR, Jehovah “hearkens” to them immediately.

Is Jehovah a war god?

Jehovah Body Count: The entire Canaanite population of Hormah. (Though, it must be noted that it was the Israelites who did the destroying)

So the Israelites have now found favor with their god?

21:5 – And the people spake against *Elohim*, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.

Observation: The Narrative style has changed dramatically from previous verse. After studying and analyzing Numbers 21, I believe it was written by a different author and added to the story line. Why?

  • The Israelites are now vowing/speaking directly to Jehovah
    • In previous verse, Moses was ALWAYS an intermediary
    • Jehovah immediately “hearkens” to them as opposed to punishing them
  • The use of *elohim* instead of *yahweh*/The Lord/Jehovah
  • The style in which they complain about not being Egypt is different (i.e. no bread and water vs. we had plenty of vegetables and meat to eat)

Despite these differences and my observation, the overall theme stays the same: Israelites complain = Jehovah punishes.

21:6 – And Jehovah sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

Jehovah’s Body Count: “Much” people of Israel at the hands of fiery serpents.

“Fiery” serpents. My word choice would have been “fierce” since “fiery” pertains more to the word “fire”. But the author clearly used “fiery.” Were they blazing serpents? Were they of bright light? Glowing? Burning Are we talking about snakes or other creatures?

A quick look at Strong’s Concordance and we find the word “fiery” to be “Seraphim”. One alternative explanation is that Seraphim were “beings mythically conceived with serpent bodies.” So another way to translate this would be *seraphim serpents*. Not your average snake.

In one verse the people were able to vow to Jehovah, in the next verse, we are back to the part where they have to intermediate using Moses (?)

21:7 – Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against Jehovah, and against thee; pray unto Jehovah, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

Today, when we receive snake bites, first aid requires removal of the venom, other types of aid. What was first aid like for snake bites in the time of Moses?

21:8 – And Jehovah said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

Moses is told to make his own “fiery serpent” aka “seraphim serpent” and place it on a pole so that anyone who looks at it will not die.

bronze snake staff
One rendition of the snake on a pole, what’s missing? The “fiery” part. Was it burning, glowing, etc. What made it fiery? This rendition is lacking that adjective.

So the Israelites (the ones who survived Jehovah’s snake bite punishment anyways) moved on, journeying and pitching their tents in various places. We are introduced to a geographical location named Arnon, which is the border of Moab, between Moab and the amorites (Numbers 21:13)

21:14 – Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of Jehovah, What he did in the Red Sea, and in the brooks of Arnon, And at the streams of the brooks that goeth down to the dwelling of Ar, and lieth upon the border of Moab.

The “Book of the Wars of Jehovah”? I thought the Bible was complete and divinely compiled? Yet we are referenced to a book that is NOT in the bible.

A quick online search reveals that this “book” the bible mentioned is lost to history. Yet the Bible references it. The Bible is not complete, the author clearly meant for the reader to reference it. The reader being a contemporary where the Book of the Wars of The Lord/Jehovah were readily available to them. Yet I am told the Bible is fully applicable today and for all time? This verse clearly shows it is not so, when it references a Book we have no access to.

Tribal cultures are rife with “song”, here we have a song of the Israelites in regards to Beer, the well where Jehovah told Moses “Gather the people together, and I will give them water”:

21:17 – Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it: The princes digged the well, the nobles of the people digged it, by the direction of the lawgiver, with their staves.

So now we know Moses has a title: The Lawgiver

The Israelites journey further, and as they approach the Amorites, the Israelites sent messengers to a new character: Sihon, King of the Amorites.

They received the same response from the Amorites as they received from their brethren the Moabites: No.

Again, two possible reasons:

  • The Amorites hated the Israelites and were against everything they did
  • The Amorites did not want Jehovah’s presence in their lands
    • Jehovah has already declared his disdain for the indigenous Canaanites
    • With Jehovah’s track record of punishing his own people, and others, to death, would you want him to walk through your lands?

Israel fought against the Amorites and won, and inhabited their land. What we find out is that, before Sihon owned the land, it was inhabited by the Moabites

Here’s a verse I found interesting:

21:27 – Wherefore they that speak in proverbs say, Come into Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built and prepared: For there is a fire gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon: it hath consumed Ar of Moab, and the lords of the high places of Arnon.

So just who are *they* that speak in proverbs? Prophets? The proverb continues:

21:28 – For there is a fire gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon: it hath consumed Ar of Moab, and the lords of the high places of Arnon. Woe to thee, Moab! thou art undone, O people of Chemosh: he hath given his sons that escaped, and his daughters, into captivity unto Sihon king of the Amorites. We have shot at them; Heshbon is perished even unto Dibon, and we have laid them waste even unto Nophah, which reacheth unto Medeba.

Just what was this “fire”? Was it a destructive force of fire like what we say with Sodom and Gomorrah?

And who is Chemosh? Notice that his “sons and daughters” are the Moabites. Is he the patron/tribal god to the Moabites the way Jehovah is to the Israelites?

The concept that a deity sells or gives their people into captivity won’t be found only with Chemosh and the Moabites, as we will see in future verse.

Also, note that Chemosh is considered alive and active. A living god, just like Jehovah. Not a wooden idol, like with Terah, but an actual other god. Note at this point we don’t know if he’s good or evil.

Now we have two living gods, and the second one has been given a proper name: Chemosh.

 

 

 

 

Numbers 20 – The People Thirst; Moses & Aaron Banished! Edomites. Aaron Dies in Humiliation

A quick rundown of the current situation:

Numbers 20:1 – Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there.

A couple of conclusions since they are still in the “desert”:

  • They are still eating manna when they knew at one point while in Egypt they ate bountiful amounts of fruits and vegetables
  • They are probably thirsty

Verse 2 proves the point: “And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.”

Do they not go after Jehovah? Do they not recognize Jehovah? Has Moses and Aaron actually ever told them “Do not do this or Jehovah will become angry?”

This repetition is mind boggling, and is akin to the repetitive actions of Jehovah in Egypt. One sign after another, to prove the same point, over and over and over. What kind of Almighty god needs to repeat and repeat his signs to prove his might?

In what is probably going to be yet another affront to Jehovah as his “people” “murmur” against him, the people tell Moses:

20:5 – And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us into this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.

Think about this: seeds, figs, vines, pomegranates, and water. ALL THINGS that in the beginning of creation, were given to mankind to partake of as needed. Now we have Jehovah depriving this group of people of these things. In essence, Jehovah is going against the good creation we saw in Genesis 1.

Moses and Aaron plead before Jehovah, who tells them:

20:8 – Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring fort to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.

Sounds nice right? Jehovah is finally giving them water to drink. Oh, but there are CONDITIONS THOUGH! (After all, we are talking about Jehovah who does not *give* without exacting PUNISHMENT.)

20:10 – And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?

WHAT!? These people were dying of thirst, and they get chastised by Moses and Aaron because they had to perform a magic trick to split a rock open to let water flow out! That is one SADISTIC response to a people dying of thirst, by calling them “rebels”.

So the people and cattle drink. Finally, we find the condition that Jehovah has set for ALLOWING the people to finally drink water:

20:12 – And Jehovah spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

FIRST OFF: NONE of the people alive at this time are going to enter the land. Jehovah already promised that. So this statement makes no sense, because “this congregation” he mentions has already been banished from the land.

SECOND OF ALL: After ALL Moses and Aaron did to compromise their lives, and in Aaron’s case, his own SONS, Jehovah has just prohibited them from entering the land because the Israelites were dying of thirst and spoke out.

Amazing that anyone would agree with this deity and his boastful statement that he is “Righteous and Forgiving”

The water they drank is called “Meribah” which also means “Strife”.

Numbers 20 – The Brothers of Edom

As the people travel, Moses sends messengers to the king of Edom:

Numbers 20:14 – And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh unto the king of Edom, Thus saith thy brother Israel, Thou knowest all the travail that hath befallen us:

Once again, if what Moses says is correct, the Israelites are NOT wandering unobserved, and their neighbors are clearly aware of their situation. Moses runs down the situation of the Israelites:

20:15 – How our fathers went down into Egypt, and we have dwelt in Egypt a long time; and the Egyptians vexed us, and our fathers.

Stop right there: Time and Time again the Israelites have mentioned just how good they had it in Egypt, they had it really good when Joseph was there, and apparently despite their servitude they miss Egypt, but now that they are under the servitude of Jehovah, they “lust” after water and vegetables.

So who REALLY vexed the Israelites? Jehovah? Or the Egyptians?

Before you read the next few verses and anger at Edom, just remember how Jacob treated his own twin brother Esau (who somehow became Edom) with deceit and lies. While the love of brotherhood was there while the twins walked the earth, it may not pass on to the next generations (especially when you understand the FACT that Jehovah punishes into 3rd and 4th generations):

20:18 – And Edom said unto him, Thou shalt not pass by me, lest I come out against thee with the sword.

Stop with your emotional conclusions and think about this rationally. Why would Edom not want the Israelites to proceed through their land?

  • The Edomites truly hate their brethren
    • They do not state this specifically, HOWEVER
    • It is inferred by modern Christians
  • The Edomites don’t want Jehovah passing through their land
    • They do not state this specifically, HOWEVER
    • This makes the most sense to me: Knowing everything you know, and which the bible states, about Jehovah, would you want him passing through your neighborhood? Would you want your families burned to death? Stoned to death? Plagued to death? Starved to death? Thirsted to death?
      • These are all Jehovah’s deeds, as verse clearly states.
      • If, as Moses says, the Edomites are aware of the travails of the Israelites, they are also aware of Jehovah’s deeds
      • I would defend my family with a sword to keep Jehovah away from them

20:21 – Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border: wherefore Israel turned away from him

Would you allow a known murdered into your town? Your job? YOUR HOUSE! As bad as verse 21 makes the Edomites sound, if you really pay attention they did what was right by the Edomites and their children.

So the Israelites turned from Edom and ended up at Mount Hor. Interestingly enough, Jehovah had nothing to say about the refusal by the Edomites to let the Israelites pass.

Numbers 20 – The cold death of Aaron, priest of Jehovah

In a somewhat humiliating set of events… well, let’s let the verse speak for itself:

20:24 – Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah.

“Righteous and Forgiving”

20:25 – Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor: And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there.

Imagine the humiliation Moses had to endure to perform this feat on his own flesh and blood, his brother, in front of the ENTIRE congregation of Israelites:

20:27 – And Moses did as Jehovah commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation. And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount.

So with all the death, punishment, humiliation… just who are the actual humans in this entire scenario?

20:29 – And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.

Put yourself in Moses’ shoes: You lead a group of people who starve and thirst, who are punished when they complain. The deity that leads you is angry, vengeful, and bloodthirsty. He’s already tried to kill you, but then later on tries to pass on his vengeful covenant to your bloodline. You’ve watched him burn your nephews to death, burn the congregation for complaining about hunger and thirst, and finally, in a very humiliating situation, you strip your own brother of his ritual clothing and give it to your brother’s son because your brother was human and had doubt. At this point your brother falls dead.

The people mourn, and the deity has nothing to say about the matter at all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Numbers 16 – A Rebellion; Death Toll from Jehovah Increases

After all the bad things that have happened to them, the thirst, starvation, death at the hands of a god they can not see and who will not talk to them, death at the hand of their chief priest, and the forcing of them to kill their own people, some Israelites had enough.

Korah (Levite) and On (Tribe of Reuben) gathered 250 “men of renown” against Moses and Aaron. It seems that these men are now questioning why Moses and Aaron are so much above them when “seeing all the congregation are holy”, that they should be more equal.

Moses tells these men to gather the next day with incense censers, and to burn them in front of Jehovah, and Jehovah will proclaim just who is holy.

Numbers 16:8 – And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi: Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the *elohe* (god) of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of Jehovah, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?

I can’t imagine this “task” they were all forced to do, in all pomp and ritual, is something Moses should make them feel appreciative of. We have an entire “tribe” of people, and if you think about mankind in general, you have all different walks of life even within small families. While some family trades do carry on through generations, not ALL end up doing so as well. In a family of doctors you may find some plumbers. In a family of plumbersĀ  you may find a nuclear scientist. What do you find in this family?

Everyone does the same thing, every day, in and out. If they don’t do it, they are punished with death. Is it any wonder at this point the Levites aren’t as grateful as Moses thinks they should be?! Is it any wonder at some point, the man who wished to be a plumber but instead became a doctor, snaps? Of course, we can’t use this example today because it rarely happens. Why? BECAUSE WE HAVE FREE WILL!

Moses reaches out to the sons of Eliab, who refuse to partake in this incense ritual, again, repeating to Moses what I’m sure the majority of Israelites are afraid to speak out on:

16:13 – Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us?

So not only are they angry at their situation, they are also resentful against Moses who has elevated himself above them in rank, and by doing so, put them all in a precarious situation. Can you not understand why the Israelites are rebelling?

The next day the ritual is performed in front of the door of the Tabernacle. Jehovah speaks to Moses and Aaron:

16:21 – Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.

Once again Moses has to change the mind of Jehovah, asking him not to punish the entire congregation for the sins of one man

Note that Jehovah’s default punishment in cases like this: wipe the entire congregation of people out.

Moses separates the congregation. Note how it is separated and who stands with Dathan and Abiram:

16:27 – So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children.

Moses explains to the people that two things will happen:

  1. The families of Dathan and Abiram will die normal deaths
    1. This will prove that Jehovah did NOT send Moses to perform his deeds
  2. The families of Dathan and Abiram will be swallowed up by the earth
    1. This will prove that Jehovah DID send Moses to perform his deeds

16:31 – And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.

This “Righteous and Forgiving” deity has just murdered women and children because their fathers stood up for what they felt was right. Now you can add women and children to Jehovah’s body count. To make things worse, these were his own people!

In a state of panic, and what I imagine most people would do who were under the tyrannical rule of an angry deity, the Israelites reacted:

16:34 – And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.

These were their own relatives they watched die, children who they probably helped raise. Swallowed up by the earth by a deity who boasts he has rescued them. If they, moving forward, worship this god, is it out of sincerity, or out of fear that they too may be swallowed up by the earth if they don’t?

The punishment wasn’t over, the 250 men that were told to be part of bringing their censer of incense were next:

16:35 – And there came out a fire from Jehovah, and consumed the 250 men that offered incense.

Jehovah’s body count increases.

16:36 – And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the censers out of the burning, and scatter thou the fire yonder; for they are hallowed. The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let them make them broad plates for a covering of the altar: for they offered them before Jehovah, therefore they are hallowed: and they shall be a sign unto the children of Israel.

“a sign” aka a WARNING that death is around the corner if they mess up.

Jehovah again reminds Moses to tell the Israelites that the punishment for the wrong ritual regarding incense equals death. We already know that Aaron’s sons brought strange incense and Jehovah burned them to death. Jehovah tells Moses to tell the Israelites that anyone who is NOT of the tribe of Levi who brings him incense will receive the fate of Korah (burned to death).

The Next Day: More Rebellion

As if not understanding that the deaths of their people the previous day were due to Jehovah:

16:41 – But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of Jehovah.

This is an interesting verse:

  • We are told Jehovah killed all these people, but to the Israelites it was Moses and Aaron that did it
  • Why is there such a large gap in understanding between what we are told by the author and what the Israelites believe?
  • What is the author trying to tell us when the subjects of his story are not privy to the information the author is telling us?

As this all happens, the cloud appeared above the Tabernacle, in a repeat of what we were told before:

16:45 – And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.

If you dispute my thesis that this deity really does want to commit genocide against his own people, in his own words he’s repeated it, TWICE. This time Moses and Aaron are unable to persuade him to change his mind.

16:46 – And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from Jehovah; the plague is begun.

Here’s what we should note about the Tabernacle, from it comes “fire” and “plague”. Aaron runs to the congregation with his censer of burning incense and made an “atonement for the people”

  • So now we have a precedent where “atonement” is merely an act of protecting the people with incense
  • How does this interfere with Jehovah’s actions? How does incense prevent the plague from spreading?

16:48 – And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.

So, despite Jehovah (the supposed creator of the universe, almighty) spreading the plague, the mere action of protecting the people with burning incense halted Jehovah’s actions. Does this make sense?

Jehovah’s Body Count

Even the author is trying to tell us something, he finishes Numbers 16 with a death toll at the hands of Jehovah:

  • 14,700 of Jehovah’s own people died from the plague he sent them
    • Would everyone have died (as Jehovah himself admits was his goal) if Aaron had not interceded with incense?
    • Why did Moses and Aaron intend to save lives? Was it because if all the house of Jacob were murdered off, Jehovah had already stated his intention to pass the covenant on to their family? Which would submit Moses and Aaron’s family to the brutal treatment of Jehovah?
  • Unknown men, women and children in the Korah incident added to this death toll

“Righteous and Forgiving” – What is the author trying to tell us about Jehovah?! Numbers 15-16 have been brutal so far, and this is not information I was taught about in bible school. What gives modern Christian churches?! Why leave this information out?!

 

 

 

 

Numbers 12 – Sibling Angst; Jehovah Punishes Again

In Numbers 12 we learn Moses was a polygamist much like the patriarchs. Not only did Moses marry the daughter of Reuel the Midianite, he also married an Ethiopian woman!

  • Does this not PROVE that the Israelites were NOT isolated from surrounding peoples.
  • If this is the case, these *others* are obviously not worshiping Jehovah, yet they are not being punished for it.
    • Strengthening my argument that Jehovah is god ONLY TO THE ISRAELITES
    • NOT THE ENTIRE WORLD
  • So what’s wrong with Ethiopian women?

So Miriam (Moses’ sister) and Aaron (his brother) were not happy with Moses marrying an Ethiopian woman.

Would they instead prefer him to marry a half sister or cousin as the patriarchs did?

The author, to help us understand more about Moses at the time:

Numbers 12:3 – (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)

Moses, a great priest who wielded great power with his staff/rod, and his ability to speak directly to Jehovah, is called “meek”. So we know his meekness does not come from his spiritual abilities. Can we conclude he is meek in the sense that he is SMALL/LITTLE physically?

Now we learn who exactly is like Moses, who can speak to and hear from Jehovah:

12:4 – And Jehovah spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto to the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.

We also learn, as noted previously, in a stark contrast to Jehovah supposedly speaking to the patriarchs, just how he *speaks* to people now:

12:6 – And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I Jehovah will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.

For future reference, to check for validity:

Prophets of Jehovah will:

  • Receive visions of him
  • Be spoken to in dreams

For a supposed omnipresent god, this is an awkward protocol to speak to his supposed creation. Jehovah then goes on to explain that Moses, however, is different than a regular prophet, who he speaks to directly. Jehovah chastises Miriam and Aaron.

12:9 – And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against them; and he departed. And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and behold, she was leprous.

As if Aaron was somehow receiving punishment as well (when really wasn’t):

12:11 – And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon *us*, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.

So Miriam turns leprous and Aaron, well, nothing happens to him. We can clearly see the distinction between men and women in regards to punishment from Jehovah. He has no problem brutally punishing women and children.

“Righteous and Forgiving”

Aaron and Miriam are clearly equals in regards to their accusations against their brother, yet who received the punishment? What does this tell you about Jehovah?

Moses pleads with Jehovah to heal his sister.

12:14 – And Jehovah said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received again.

“Righteous and Forgiving”

Remember Jehovah’s words and compare them to his actions. Miriam was thrown out of the camp for seven days. The camp waited the seven days before moving on, where they left Hazeroth and entered Paran, where in the previous chapter we are told the Cloud rested.

 

 

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 9 – 10: Offerings, Fire and Cloud, Trumpets, Signals; Journey Resumes

Numbers 9 – The Defiled and Offerings

Numbers 9 starts with a repeat of instructions regarding “the passover”. It also explains another situation where members of the Israelites have come to Moses to ask about giving offerings when they were “defiled” by handling a dead body. Giving offerings while defiled was against the law.

Numbers 9:8 – And Moses said unto them, Stand still, and I will hear what Jehovah will command concerning you. And Jehovah spoke unto Moses saying…

While we are told Moses can communicate with Jehovah, we don’t know exactly HOW. This verse gives us a little bit of insight. Moses is obviously in the presence of the defiled men, so he tells them to stand still so Moses can hear what Jehovah requires. This must be some sort of mental telepathy, where Moses can hear his voice. Contrast this to visions, where he would see instructions.

Jehovah explains the required ritual for the defiled to make proper offerings.

Numbers 9 – Fire and Smoke as Signals

In earlier verse we were told that, by night, a Pillar of Fire would lead the Israelites on their journey. A Pillar of Smoke/Cloud would lead them during the day. This concept gets mixed into the existence of the Tabernacle. Now: the Fire and Cloud indicate a sort of Stop and Go signal. If the Israelites see Fire above the altar, they are to journey until the Cloud appears above the altar, at which point they stay where they are.

Numbers 10 – Trumpets and Signals

Jehovah instructs that trumpets of silver be made, and how they are to be blown to signal an assembly of the people, or an assembly of certain groups as they were allocated in different parts of the camps. They are also to be blown over burnt offerings.

Numbers 10 – The Cloud Disappears and They Move On

As mentioned in Numbers 9, the Cloud has finally signaled for the Israelites to move on out of the Sinai wilderness where the Cloud rests in Paran. Also as described earlier, the various armies with their banners and princes moved on as instructed.

Moses speaks with his brother-in-law Hobab (son of Reuel the Midianite) and tells him that they are to journey on, that things with Jehovah are good, and he asks him to follow along. Hobabs response:

Numbers 10:30 – And he said unto him, I will not go; but I will depart to mine own land, and to my kindred.

We know that the Israelites are distantly related to the Midians. We are also told that supposedly Jehovah created EVERYBODY. So why the distinction between the Israelites and Hobab’s kindred? Does Hobab not recognize Jehovah as supreme god? If no, then why isn’t Hobab, who is obviously within the presence of Moses and the Israelites, punished by Jehovah?

Is it because Jehovah is merely the patron god of the Israelites? Not of the entire world?

While it’s unclear if Hobab agreed or not, we are told the group has taken a 3 day journey.

10:33 – And they departed from the mount of Jehovah three days’ journey: and the ark of the covenant of Jehovah went before them in three days’ journey, to search out a resting place for them.

We can conclude that the Levites in charge of the ark went forward before the Israelites, waiting for instructions on when and where to rest to come from the ark/Jehovah. Again, note the distinction between Jehovah being able to speak to anyone freely, and now Jehovah only being able to communicate within the confines of the ark.

10:35 – And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up Jehovah, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee. And when it rested, he said, Return O’Jehovah, unto the many thousands of Israel.

So the Fire and Cloud signals are pretty much random. Going back to my volcano theory, the same could be said for live volcanic activity. A volcano can smoke (Pillar of Cloud) for hours, days, weeks, etc. Same can be said for an eruption (Pillar of Fire). As if to proclaim it all to be the decision of Jehovah, Moses comes up with saying to take away the possibility that the Fire and Cloud be associated with nature, and instead making it sound like it is Jehovah’s will that decides when the smoke and fire appear.

 

Numbers 6 – Vow of a Nazarite; Jehovah Observation

The Vow of a Nazarite

So just what is a Nazarite? The Bible is incomplete at this point because this is the first we hear of this type of person and yet we know nothing about it. At first glance it looks like some sort of ultimate devotion to Jehovah requiring separation from cultural norms that the regular Israelites are allowed to carry on.

Here’s what I can tell about this vow:

  • They can’t drink wine or vinegar
  • They can’t drink liquor of grapes or eat any grapes
    • Isn’t this wine as we know it?
    • If so, then what is this “wine” that the author mentions?
  • They are not to eat anything from a vine tree
  • Their “vow” is not perpetual, it’s a set time
  • They are not to cut their hair
  • They are not to make themselves unclean for their father, mother, brother, sister when they die
  • All the days he is “separated” he is holy
  • If he kills a man (why would this happen at all?!) then he is defiled and must perform a ritual of head shaving and offerings.

Numbers 6 goes into more detail on the rituals regarding the Nazarite completing his vows.

Observation: Modern Christians mock and look down upon “rituals” performed by non Christians throughout the world, yet the progenitors and patriarchs of their religion were mired in ritual acts of sacrifice and death. How many animals were burned and how much animal blood was spilled to the god who claims from the people who believe he created the heavens and the earth? How many people were stoned to death for things that today, we would brush off and move on with our day?

Modern Christianity and the Contradiction of the Old Testament “god”

Like most modern Christians, let’s forget all the ritual practices and brutality explicitly stated thus far, and let’s jump right to a verse that conforms to modern Christian beliefs of a loving peaceful god, a needle in a haystack of vengeance and death.

Numbers 6:24 – Jehovah bless thee, and keep thee: Jehovah make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: Jehovah lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.

A couple of notes here. After studying the Bible, verse by verse, up to this point, I have these observations:

  • Jehovah has yet to bless ANYBODY; Jehovah “keeping thee” is akin to their slavery and servitude to their god, with the punishment of death at every corner
  • How could Jehovah’s face “shine” on anybody, after all he says no one can look at him without dying?
  • Jehovah’s “countenance” thus far has been jealousy, anger, and vengeance. Why would ANYONE want Jehovah’s countenance lifted on them?
  • The only PEACE they receive is the peace they receive by not being punished and DESTROYED (remember, this is HIS word) by him! He is giving them peace from his angry self!

A boastful self promotion by Jehovah, that his actions towards these people are “gracious”. I doubt the charred remains Aaron’s sons could look at this verse and agree with it. Everyone else will praise it because they don’t want to face the same wrath, hence, the verse lives on.