The plan so far – Seems the plan and set up that Jehovah was designing was going to last “forever” and throughout the generations of the sons of Aaron. So what happened? I think the Bible will tell us in the upcoming books. But for now let’s stick to the script:
Exodus 30 describes an altar made out of shittim wood that Aaron will burn incense on every morning when he dresses the lamps. It is an altar that is specific to incense only:
Exodus 30:9 – Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor burnt sacrifice, nor meat offering; neither shall ye pour drink offering thereon.
We are introduced to 2 new types of offerings: 1) meat offering 2) drink offering
I will note that, in future verse, “drink offerings” were NOT meant exclusively for Jehovah. They were made to another ‘god’ and, we will soon find out, the Hebrews/Israelites favored the benefits of the drink offerings to this other ‘god’ over Jehovah.
What is “strange” incense? Unfortunately we are going to find out just exactly what the punishment is for strange incense in the Tabernacle of Jehovah.
We are reminded of who is giving the instructions to whom:
30:11 – And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto Jehovah, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague upon them, when thou numberest them.
Why would an ALL KNOWING god require a census (aka a “numbering”) of his own people? Why would he need to tax them? So now we see that every man that is counted has to pay a ransom to Jehovah to avoid the punishment of a PLAGUE! Also note, this is not a basic ransom, this is a ransom of the SOUL!:
30:12 – When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto Jehovah, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague upon them, when thou numberest them
Just how limited is Jehovah’s power that he requires a census and a ransom/tax of the people he supposedly “chose” and vows to “protect”?
The concept of a Census will be extremely important in upcoming books. For now we are told that the ransom is half a shekel based on the shekel of the sanctuary (which the author clarifies is 20 gerahs, so we can assume he believes the reader would know what a gerah is). We also learn that the census is based on those 20 years old and older.
This “tax” or “atonement money” goes to the service of the tabernacle as an “atonement for your souls.”
More death threats from Jehovah regarding Aaron and his sons:
30:20 – When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto Jehovah. So they shall wash their hands and feet, that they die not: and it shall be statute for ever to them, even to him and to his see throughout the generations.
Ask yourself this, did Aaron and his sons follow the rules laid out by Jehovah out of devotion and honor to Jehovah, OR, out of fear of death?!
Jehovah demands spices:
- 500 shekels of myrrh
- 250 shekels of sweet cinnamon
- 250 shekels of calamus
- 500 shekels of cassia
He also demands:
- A hin of olive oil for ointment/anointment to anoint the Tabernacle, the Ark, the Table, and the Candlestick
- This oil is only for Aaron and his sons and the aforementioned anointments
- It is NOT meant for man’s flesh
- Anyone who duplicates it or anoints anything else will be “cut off from his people”
- All mixed with frankincense, equally weight mixed to create a perfume to be set up in front of the Testimony
- Anyone who duplicates this incense “to smell thereto” will be cut off from their people
Interesting demands from the supposed creator of all, heaven and earth.
Once again, if the Bible is applicable to mankind today as it was in the time of Exodus, where are all the herbs, ointments, stones, and incense?