Numbers 25 – Israelites Intermingle with Moabites; Punishment; Human Sacrifice?

The Israelites are now in Shittim, among the daughters of Moab (note that Moab was the first born son of Lot and one of his daughters after they fled Sodom and Gomorrah). The Israelites have, after being warned not to, sacrificed, eaten and bowed to the gods of the Moabites.

What is the author trying to tell us here, after ALL the supposed wonders and miracles performed by Jehovah and Moses, the Israelites quickly turn to other peoples deities? Are the Israelites looking for ANY way to relieve themselves from the subjugation of Jehovah and Moses? Are the wonders and miracles exaggerated by the author, when in reality, the didn’t really exist, which explains why the Israelites are so quick to turn to other gods?

Not surprisingly, Jehovah’s reactions was not one of “righteousness and forgiveness”:

Numbers 25:4 – And Jehovah said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before Jehovah against the sun, that the fierce anger of Jehovah may be turned away from Israel.

This time, Moses was happy to comply with the demand for blood:

25:5 – And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one of his men that were joined unto Baal-peor.

Go to verse 25:3 “And Israel joined himself unto Baal-peor”… this makes it sound like the entire congregation committed this transgression. Yet we are told in 25:5 that it was only certain ones of Israel that did so. This is important to know because the definition of “all” or “forever” does not translate into what we know as today. So the next time we see “all” or “forever” used we must understand that the meaning quite possibly does not mean what we think.

So an Israelite man brings and Midianite woman in the presence of Moses, in front of *all* (verse 25:6) the congregation who were weeping.

25:7 – And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.

Commandment Number 6 of 10: Thou shalt not Kill

Note that it wasn’t until blood was shed (a sacrifice?) that the plague was stopped. Going back to Commandment #6: I made the argument that this commandment only applies to Israelite vs Israelite. Anyone else? Free to kill as seen in verse 25:7, since there is NO MENTION of Phinehas being punished for breaking this commandment. In fact, by breaking this commandment he did a good thing by stopping the plague.

Don’t agree? Jehovah agrees:

25:10 – And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy.

So, by killing these two individuals, Jehovah was pleased and was no longer angry at Israel. The deeper meaning exposes itself further:

25:13 – And he shall have it (covenant of peace), and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his god, and made an *atonement* for the children of Israel.

Atonement = offering. In this case, the atonement was the murder of two people. Murder = Atonement. In other words: Phinehas, by offering the blood and lives of two people, made an atonement for the transgressions of the Israelites.

Human Sacrifice. And Jehovah was pleased with it, after all he “stayed” the plague and even mentioned he turned away his wrath because of it.

No human sacrifice in the Bible? Abraham was more than willing to please Jehovah. Phinehas did it and it pleased Jehovah. Spoiler alert: These aren’t the only instances.

The punishment doesn’t stop there. We find out that the Israelite was of the tribe of Simeon, son of a prince. The Midianite woman was the daughter of head of a chief house in Midian. In other words, two important people from each nation. Also note, Midian was a son of Abraham, brother of Isaac, hence distant relatives.

25:16 – And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying, Vex the Midianites, and smite them: For they vex you with their wiles, wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian, their sister, which was slain in the day of the plague for Peor’s sake.

So now all the Midianites must suffer the consequences.

“Righteous and Forgiving”

So, despite ALL the supposed signs, miracles, and wonders, the Israelites easily intermingle with other nations. Despite ALL the murder, death, plagues, fires, disease, and other mortal punishments at the hand of Jehovah, they easily turn to other nations.

What gives?

What are we, as readers, missing? Did these miracles truly exist? If so, are the Israelites beyond stubborn? OR, is the author exaggerating about the miracles and we are seeing the normal course of human activity when two nations meet. Especially when you take into consideration that Midian was a son of Abraham, uncle to Jacob/Israel.

If Jehovah truly was the creator of the universe, why can he not control his own people? Punishment after punishment, they still disobey… so is he really almighty? Is this the work of an all powerful god?

If it’s not obvious by now, Jehovah has very little control of his *inheritance*, his seed, his own people.

If that’s not a sign of a deity that is not all powerful I don’t know what is.

 

 

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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 15 – The Law in the New Land; Death for Picking Up Sticks!

Jehovah tells Moses to tell the Israelites how to make offerings once they enter the land.

But wait, who is Moses going to tell this too, considering Jehovah, in Numbers 14, has banished everyone except Caleb and Joshua from entering the land?

The story has broken at this point, but I continue…

Numbers 15:22 – And if ye have erred, and not observed all these commandments, which Jehovah hath spoken unto Moses, Even all that Jehovah hatch commanded you by the hand of Moses, from the day that Jehovah commanded Moses, and henceforward among your generations…

Notice the phrase “from the day that Jehovah commanded Moses”… what about the commands BEFORE Moses? The ones like “go forth and multiply replenish the earth” and all plant and animals were for them to eat? Those commands came from the earlier god, Elohim.

Jehovah has once again distinguished himself from the Elohim and the Jehovah pre-Moses/pre-Exodus. I reiterate, are we dealing with another entity that has hijacked the Jehovah title? The more distinctions Jehovah creates the more I believe it to be true.

Jehovah makes a distinction between those who improperly obey his law about sacrifices out of innocent ignorance and those who do it knowingly.  The one who disobeys out of ignorance, must perform a ritual sacrifice to appease Jehovah. The one who disobeys knowingly will be cut off from his people.

It is at this point that I would feel being cut off from his people and being cut off from Jehovah would actually be a good thing.

The Man Who Picked Up Sticks

In another odd writing style switch, we go from explanation of the law to a narrative about a man who was found picking up sticks on the Sabbath, who is imprisoned until Jehovah is consulted on the matter (Remember: “Righteous and Forgiving):

Numbers 15:35 – And Jehovah said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.

For picking up sticks on the Sabbath, a man is to STONED TO DEATH. Why would anyone want to follow, worship, or praise this god unless they are doing it under duress and out of fear for punishment if they don’t. To me, this is the Theme of the post-Genesis story of Jehovah and the Israelites so far. There is NOTHING righteous about this deity, or his judgement against this man who picked up sticks. There was no offer to atone via sacrifice, no trial, no discussion, only straight to a death sentence.

15:36 – And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as Jehovah commanded Moses.

As if having a man stoned to death for picking up sticks was no big deal, Numbers 15 continues on with Jehovah instructing the Israelites on how and why to add fringes and a blue border to their garments, to remind them of the commandments he’s given them:

15:39 – And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye make look upon it, and remember all the commandments of Jehovah, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:

Ask yourself, if the Israelites followed this command of putting a blue ribbon and fringes on their garments, is it out of their own free will, or out of their fear of being taken outside the camp and stoned to death?

“seek not after your own heart and your own eyes”

No free will at all. They have to perform ritual after ritual under the watchful eyes of a priesthood who also are chained to ritual. They are only eating manna, and have been punished in the past for complaining about being thirsty and hungry. Their chief priest has slaughtered them for various reasons, and their god has slaughtered those who, like most humans, showed fear and doubt, with a deadly plague. Their children 3-4 generations down are being punished for things they did not do.

Yet this god is boasting he “rescued” them from Egypt? If they had a chance they’d already said they would run back to Egypt. Jehovah and Moses and the modern church want us to think Egypt was evil, which is why Jehovah punished them. Who’s demonstrated the most evil and wickedness so far? Not Egypt!

The answer is becoming clearer in my eyes and mind: Jehovah

Jehovah’s boast of being “righteous and forgiving” has become a lie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Leviticus 26 – The Law: When Israelites Disobey

Before we proceed, remember that Jehovah called himself a “loving and forgiving” god.

So what happens when the Israelites disobey the rules mandated them by Jehovah, through Moses, IN JEHOVAH’S OWN WORDS:

Leviticus 26:16 – I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of the heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

Ok so right off the bat, there is definitely ZERO forgiveness. Neither is their no trial, no sit down and consult, no mediation, straight to PUNISHMENT. Get the picture?

More punishments:

  • Jehovah will set his face against them, their enemies will kill them and reign over them, and they will flee wildly
  • They will be punished SEVEN TIMES for their sins
  • He will break the pride of their power; their heaven/skies will be as IRON, and their earth as BRASS
    • IRON and BRASS, two concepts to remember as we move forward to the prophecies found in the books of the prophets and the book of revelation.
  • Their strength in planting will be in vain, the land nor the trees will not yield
    • Today, the majority of Jehovah’s rules are not followed
    • Yet we see land and trees yielding their crops
  • Seven times more plagues according to their sins
  • Wild “beasts” (man and animals and other?) will:
    • Rob them of their children. WHY DOES JEHOVAH ALLOW THE CHILDREN TO SUFFER?
    • Destroy cattle
    • Decrease their population and make their “high” ways desolate (high places?)
  • A sword will avenge the quarrel of the covenant, and pestilence will be among them, and they will be delivered to their enemy
  • Leviticus 26:6 is of note, numerology and symbolically, for more research into this culture.
    • Quick glance, 10 women bake their quantity of bread, but it will not satisfy one mans hunger
  • Jehovah will walk contrary to them in FURY.

Please note the following verse in bold. The concept of starvation as punishment has already been established in verse 26:26. Jehovah tells them they will break bread and still be hungry, THEN, he says THIS. Do not tip-toe around this:

Leviticus 26:29 – And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.

THEY WILL EAT THEIR OWN CHILDREN AS PUNISHMENT.

Try as you may to say this is symbolic, allegorical, or taken out of context. But the context has already been put in place: the bread they cook will not make them full, they will have to eat their own children!

Can we make the obvious assumption that Jehovah DOES NOT care about children? In fact he uses them, innocent as they are, to punish their parents through death and cannibalism?!

As if this horrid treatment of children is nothing more than a basic judgement, Jehovah moves on with his list of punishments for disobedience:

  • The “high” places, images, and idols will be cut down, and the carcasses of the people will be thrown upon the carcasses of the idols
    • Any physical, archaeological evidence this actually happened?
  • Their cities will be wastes, desolation to their sanctuaries, and their burnt offerings will not be smelled (“sweet savours”)
  • Land will fall into desolation, and even their enemies will be astonished at the desolation
  • READ 26:31 – 26:33 and tell me this set of verses is NOT written in some sort of writing style unique to this historic author and culture!
  • After all the punishment, the land is going to enjoy its rest/sabbath
  • Any left over people are going to die at the sound of a shaken leaf, and they will flee when no one is chasing them; they will fall dead upon each other
  • They will die among the heathen, and the land will eat them up
  • Those left after all the genocide will pine away in the lands of their enemies, as well as those whose fathers screwed up, they will also suffer and pine away (AKA no forgiveness for the children)

So after all the death, cannibalism, and destruction, we FINALLY see the “forgiveness” Jehovah boasted about:

If the remnants of the people repent (and seriously, unless you are complete slaves, who is going to want to go back to be under the duress of Jehovah), then they have an opportunity for penance:

If they confess, are humbled, and accept their punishment:

  • Jehovah will remember the covenant with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob; the land will rest
  • Jehovah will not COMPLETELY destroy them (only partially)
  • That’s it

With so many punishment and very few benefits, it can not be argued these people are NOT free, but under duress of slavery and servitude via Jehovah. Their punishments are truly seven times over, if not seven thousand times more brutal then their transgressions:

Eating your own children because Jehovah won’t let you fill from the bread you make?

Study the verses of this chapter. ALL OF THEM. Observe the context and understand exactly what is being said in Leviticus 26:29 and tell me this god is “loving and forgiving.”

Leviticus 21 – Rules for the Priesthood of Aaron

We get a slightly different set of rules for the Priesthood of Aaron. Rules about what defiles him in regards to touching the dead. How they are not to shave their heads, or again, corner their beards or cut their flesh.

  • Can’t take a whore, a profane woman, or a woman put away from her husband for a wife
  • If a daughter of a priest profanes herself, she is to be burnt with fire
    • So this must be where the cruel and inhuman concept of burning at the stake comes from.
    • From a loving and forgiving deity (in his own words)

High Priests

  • High priests consecrated for certain garments, are not to uncover their heads or “rend” their clothes (possibly meaning when mourning)

Leviticus 21:11 – Neither shall he go in to any dead body

The wording of this is too ambiguous, but you can see how it can easily be translated in a perverse way.

  • High priests must take a virgin for a wife; not a widow, divorcee, profane woman, or harlot, only a virgin of his family.

The Blemished Children of Aaron

Imagine you are born with a deformity, a blemish, a disease, a mutation. You become blind, or crippled. By modern standards, you are still a child of God. What does Jehovah have to say about you?

Leviticus 21:17 – Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever he be of thy seed in their generations that hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of eloh*aw (his god).

That’s right, don’t even think of getting near the altar, even though you were born into the priesthood. You aren’t perfect, you are a blemish of creation, and you are not allowed to go near to Jehovah.

NOW we get PLENTY of details about what is not allowed to be. If  you are:

  • Blind
  • Lame
  • Flat nosed
  • Have extra digits/parts (superfluous)
  • Brokenfooted
  • Brokenhanded
  • Crooked back
  • Dwarf
  • Blemish in your eye
  • Scurvy
  • Scabbed
  • Broken stones (testicles?)

Too bad, you can not approach Jehovah for an offering. Compare this to modern Christian teachings, where ALL, especially THESE types of people are to be welcomed and accepted. The chasm between Jehovah and the teaching of Christ continues to widen.

Because if you are blemished, and you get near to Jehovah, you profane his sanctuary. His own words.

A very important chapter of Leviticus, for those who call themselves Christians, to ponder over when reflecting on the teachings of Christ.

 

Leviticus 20 – Molech, Spirits, Curses, Incest, Bestiality

While not much is known about Molech, the fact that offerings are made to him, the fact that his name gets a capital letter, tells me this is some sort of deity, and not just a non-threatening wooden idol of Terah.

  • If you give your children to Molech, you will be stoned
    • Notice that the punishment is not meted out by Jehovah, only by the Israelites who stone him.
    • Why can’t Jehovah directly interact with the people the way he did in Genesis?
  • If anyone knows but ignores/conceals/looks away from the man who gives his children to Moloch and do not kill him, then that man AND his family will be cut off
  • If you go to those with spirits, wizards, you will be cut off
  • If you curse your parents, you will be put to death
  • Committing adultery with your relatives or your neighbor’s wife all guilty parties will be put to death
  • Homosexual men who lay with other men are to be put to death
  • If a man sleeps with his wife AND her mother, they are to BURNT to death
    • Why the distinction with fire in this case, versus stoning?
  • If a man lays with a beast, the man and beast are to be put to death
    • I can’t imagine there would be a case where the beast was nothing more than an unwilling participant in this event
    • However, considering beasts are what are sacrificed as offerings, I can see why the beast would be considered for death as well.
    • UNLESS! We are talking about another “beast” type creature/hybrid
  • If a woman lays with a beast, they both die
  • If a man sleeps with a woman who is unclean due to her period “he hath discovered her fountain” and they are to be cut off
  • Many more incest based commandments, some repeat, some more detailed.

I still get a sense that much of this can go back to the Genesis 6 “wickedness”.

Lastly, in case it wasn’t clear:

Leviticus 20:27 – A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.

How many thousands of innocent lives have been taken over the past 2,000 years, just for being ACCUSED of being a witch/wizard/having familiar spirits? The text is very lacking in details, on just what a wizard of familiar spirit are, which leaves interpretation up to the people at the time, who then justify THEIR TRANSLATION to murder other people. Even false accusations, as we learned in Salem, led to trials of death regardless of innocence or guilt.

This is why I say the Bible is incomplete as a moral compass, especially in regards to laws and punishments. When you leave it up to interpretation of a corrupt mankind, these laws punish the innocent and allay the guilty.

Can we add up all the innocent dead killed throughout history, because these commandments were incomplete and vague, to the Jehovah body count?

Besides, where in the world did these people get the power to become wizards, or the use of familiar spirits? I know, I know… modern Christians say: THE DEVIL!

But the text does not say that at this point. In fact, I’ve made the argument, complete with verse that proves it to be true, that the good AND evil at this point in the Bible come from one source only: Jehovah.

And even he is incomplete, scattered, incorrect, and contradictory to his own words and actions. And you want me to believe the Bible is infallible and applicable to the world today?

Leviticus 17 – Goat Demons; Blood

  • Any man that kills an ox, lamb, or goat and does not bring it into the Tabernacle will be cut off from his people

How does a rule like this get enforced? Is it the *supposed* all seeing eye of Jehovah? Or is it up to the Israelites to police each other in this regard?

Leviticus 17:7 – And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring (KJV).

I was curious about what word was used to describe “devils” and, of course, the Hebrew interlinear gives us a different translation:

Leviticus 17:7 – And not more shall they offer their sacrifices to the las*se*irim/goat demons whom they have gone whoring. (Hebrew Interlinear)

Interesting, goat demons. Notice this is not a singular “devil”, but multiple beings, nor is it being assigned to Satan. So who or what were these goat demons? Simple idols? Actual beings? Not only that, Jehovah is admitting that they sacrificed to these demons. But when? During their time in Egypt, during their travels through Exodus?

17:10 – And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.

So what is exactly “eating” blood? Is this akin to drinking blood? It’s later said that any animal killed needs to have its blood poured out and covered with dust. What about the residual blood that may remain in the meat/muscle?

17:11 – For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your soul: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

So the blood is solely for the altar, yet in verse 13 we are told that the blood needs to be poured out on the ground. Another ambiguous and contradicting statement by Jehovah.

Sidenote: Verse 11 is interesting, it is one of those verses I heard multiple times in my Christian studies. Note that the context of blood in this case is FOR SACRIFICE for Jehovah, not as a general statement. Which is why I have to question modern denominations that take this verse as a general statement and refuse such things as blood transfusions. Even worse, a denomination that boasts about how the children in the church proudly denied blood transfusions that cost them their lives, but boast how they followed “scripture” despite it causing their ultimate demise that could have EASILY been prevented. Does this verse say not to take blood transfusions? This verse is strictly about atonement of the soul via an altar of sacrifice.

Not only that, I must hammer this point, this verse is for a specific people in a specific time in a specific geographic area. Nowhere has Jehovah said these rules are for all the world for all times.

 

 

 

Leviticus 12 – 15; Clean and Unclean Illnesses and States

Leviticus 12 – Pregnancy and Birth

More Jehovah rules:

  • If a woman gives birth to a boy, she is unclean for 7 days (12:2)
  • If a woman gives birth to a girl, she is unclean for 33 days (12:4)
  • After her unclean period, she has to make a sin offering for atonement (?!)

Giving birth is a sin? You need atonement for giving birth?

The sin offering for giving birth is a lamb, or two turtles, or two young pigeons. A sin and burnt offering then cause the woman to be proclaimed clean again. Please compare this to modern pregnancy practices.

Leviticus 13 – Leprosy/Plague; Skin Disorders

Leviticus 13 describes various skin disorders (plague, leprosy, raw flesh, boils, etc.) and the clean and unclean diagnoses. The cures? Washed, shaven, covered, and lastly the offending skin BURNED WITH FIRE. Plus, there’s always the shame of it all for the poor victim:

Leviticus 13:45 – And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean.

Compare this to modern medical practices. Apparently medicine was NOT in use at this time.

Leviticus 14 – After the Leprosy

Description of the Ritual of Cleansing Leper, the priests, and the offerings is described. In a ritual reminiscent of the how the blood is used on the priests:

Leviticus 14:17 – And the priest shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall sprinkle of the oil with his finger seven times before Jehovah: And of the rest of the oil that is in his hand shall the priest put upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the blood of the trespass offering.

Again, it’s a sin to be leprous so the leper must provide offerings. To make things worse, where did all this leprosy come from? The Devil? Satan?

14:34 – When ye be come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession;

Jehovah is the source of the leprosy, HE brings it to the people. Doesn’t say why, but it seems sadistic, which is becoming part of his personality.

The ritual of how to deal with said house is also described in detail.

Leviticus 15 – Skin with Running Issue (bleeding, pus, etc. I imagine)

More rituals regarding skin problems. Once again no mention of medicine, only offerings of atonement for being sick, because Jehovah does not want his tabernacle defiled (15:31) when it is, IN FACT, he who is causing the people to be sick.

Summary: A huge detachment from this historical peoples to modern times. Even the staunchest Christians would run straight to the drug store or doctor in any of these cases. So why are these laws and commandments being broken today?!

 

 

Leviticus 10 – The “Errors” of the sons of Aaron; Jehovah’s body count of Death

In a brutal chapter that continues to tell us more about Jehovah (and proves my point he is not a righteous or forgiving deity), we learn the tale of Aaron’s sons:

Nadab and Abihu

Leviticus 10:1 – And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense therein, and offered strange fire before Jehovah, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from Jehovah, and devoured them, and they died before Jehovah.

“Righteous and Forgiving” he describes himself.

Again, a fuel (incense) is presented and consumed before the Ark, and fire shoots out from it and this time devours Aaron’s sons. Moses basically tells Aaron to hold his tongue, because he reminds him that Jehovah wants those before him/approaching him, to be sanctified.

Moses tells two of Aaron’s cousins to pick up the charred remains of the brothers, so they put the brothers remains in their coats, and carried the ashes outside of the camp.

Imagine this: You have to carry out the charred carcasses of two of your nephews for a mistake they made that, today at least, would be considered highly trivial. You have to see their burnt bodies and smell their burnt flesh. You probably saw them when they were born, as babies when they laughed and cried innocently, watched them grow up, you most likely helped raise them and loved them. Now you carry them in your arms to dispose of them like garbage outside of the camp. This is what Moses instructed them to do and this is at the hands of a so called loving, righteous, and forgiving god!

Moses continues to instruct Aaron’s family, this time the remaining sons of Aaron, to not do what is usually done in such events of death or times of mourning:

Leviticus 10:6 – And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which Jehovah hath kindled.

In other words, let the people mourn only, because if Aaron and his family do, as priests they will bring death upon themselves and wrath upon ALL the people. Even Moses admits the burning came from Jehovah.

Oh, and if they leave the tabernacle, they will DIE. No forgiveness, no time out, no jail, the only punishment is DEATH.

Not one peep out of Jehovah in regards to the burning to death of the brothers. Moses neither, except to warn the rest of the priesthood.

The lesson Moses wants them to learn: the difference between holy and unholy; clean and unclean.

Moses tells them to continue with the ritual of the meat offering, as if nothing happened. Then we find that Moses is unhappy with the goat of the sin offering being burnt, and not eaten, because it was put upon Aaron’s remaining sons, Eleazar and Ithamar, to bear the iniquity of the people, for their forgiveness, to properly perform the ritual. After seeing your own kin die at the hands of the god you are supposed to worship, is it not surprising the ritual was interrupted? If you have to perform precise rituals under duress, is it not surprising the end result is flawed?

Leviticus 10:19 – And Aaron said unto Moses, Behold, this day have they offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before Jehovah; and such things have befallen me: and if I had eaten the sin offering to day, should it have been accepted in the sight of Jehovah? And when Moses heard this, he was content.

This verse needs more analysis… is Aaron saying that his all happened because the sin offering was handled wrong? Or is he saying because his first two sons, burnt to death by Jehovah, made a mistake, that even if he did eat the sin offering would it even be accepted? Whatever it is, Moses was content (?).

In other words, Aaron is blaming himself/his sons, as opposed to blaming Jehovah. So Moses doesn’t have to contend with the idea that Jehovah was responsible for the tragedy.

I didn’t think I’d read about so much death at the hands of Jehovah when I started this blog. Through all my years in the church I was never told that the body count was so high. If I had known about it I would have made the body count of death a part of the blog. So, in the interest of catching up, I’m going to try to go, off of memory, all the people that died at the hands or works of Jehovah. Note some were considered evil and some just made mistakes:

Those killed by Jehovah up to Leviticus 11:

  • EVERY man and animal (except Noah and family), nephilim and their children during the Great Flood
  • Lot’s wife
  • Everyone in Sodom and Gomorrah
  • Er, the first born son of Judah
  • Onan, Er’s brother, who refused to impregnate Er’s wife
  • 3,000 Israelite men slain for the golden calf incident
  • All the first born of Egypt
  • Pharaoh’s army and the Pharaoh himself
  • Almost Moses (Jehovah appeased by a foreskin, let Moses go)
  • Nadab and Abihu who made the fatal mistake of bringing “strange” incense before Jehovah

Those explicitly forgiven by Jehovah, or the times Jehovah said “I forgive you” up to Leviticus 11:

Those killed by the Devil/Satan up to Leviticus 11:

The new part of my blog: To tally up Jehovah’s body count of death and compare it to his self-boasting and praise he receives in the future, as well as the death toll Satan brings in the Old Testament.