After seven chapters, God is finished with all the rules on offerings. The rules were ridiculous and made no sense, but this is the theme with the Biblical God. He supposedly loves everyone but has a funny way of showing it. Leviticus 8 begins with Moses bringing the people to a tent to do as God commanded. They begin by dressing Aaron.
“He sprinkled some of the oil on the altar seven times, anointing the altar and all its utensils and the basin with its stand, to consecrate them.” – Leviticus 8:11
Seven times. Not six. Not eight. Seven. Exactly seven, as God commanded. Sheesh!
“Moses also took all the fat around the internal organs, the long lobe of the liver, and both kidneys and their fat, and burned it on the altar.” – Leviticus 8:16
Do this in your backyard today and someone is calling the cops!
“He cut the ram into pieces and burned the head, the pieces and the fat.” – Leviticus 8:20
It’s amazing this is what God commands of the people. He commands Moses and Aaron to do this and make the people watch. To what purpose? Obey God? Forget that! Teach true morality and love, not how to chop a ram up into pieces.
“Moses slaughtered the ram and took some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear, on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot.” – Leviticus 8:23
This is the beginning of a horror movie!
“Moses then said to Aaron and his sons, ‘Cook the meat at the entrance to the tent of meeting and eat it there with the bread from the basket of ordination offerings, as I was commanded: ‘Aaron and his sons are to eat it.’’” – Leviticus 8:31
This is the meat the people were forced to give to Moses and Aaron, supposedly commanded by God. The poor are expected to feed the rich.
“What has been done today was commanded by the Lord to make atonement for you.” – Leviticus 8:34
To be clear, the Bible states the Lord commands this. This isn’t just Moses and Aaron doing their own thing. The Lord commanded the people do to this. Why? Because He “loves” them. 🙂
“You must stay at the entrance to the tent of meeting day and night for seven days and do what the Lord requires, so you will not die; for that is what I have been commanded.” – Leviticus 8:35
If things are not done exactly as the Lord commands, He will kill you. Come out of the tent 1 hour early, death to you. God expects you to obey. What if a child runs from the tent? Does the child die? According to God, yes, because the child disobeyed God’s command. This is the “love” God shows his people. This is the loving God Christians adore and give their lives to.
Comng Soon: Leviticus – Chapter 9: The Priests Begin Their Ministry