Leviticus – Chapter 8: The Ordination of Aaron and His Sons

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

Leviticus – Chapter 7: The Guilt Offering

Thus far Leviticus has taught us much about morality, if by morality one means offering stuff to God following very detailed rules.  🙂  Leviticus 7 brings us the guilt offering.

“The guilt offering is to be slaughtered in the place where the burnt offering is slaughtered, and its blood is to be splashed against the sides of the altar.” – Leviticus 7:2

I’d feel guilty too if I slaughtered an animal and sprayed its blood all over just to satisfy God.

“If they offer it as an expression of thankfulness, then along with this thank offering they are to offer thick loaves made without yeast and with olive oil mixed in, thin loaves made without yeast and brushed with oil, and thick loaves of the finest flour well-kneaded and with oil mixed in.” – Leviticus 7:12

Being thankful isn’t enough.  One must offer loaves of bread without yeast!

“They are to bring one of each kind as an offering, a contribution to the Lord; it belongs to the priest who splashes the blood of the fellowship offering against the altar.” – Leviticus 7:14

Taketh from the poor and giveth to the rich.

“The meat of their fellowship offering of thanksgiving must be eaten on the day it is offered; they must leave none of it till morning.” – Leviticus 7:15

Leftovers are the work of Satan.

“If, however, their offering is the result of a vow or is a freewill offering, the sacrifice shall be eaten on the day they offer it, but anything left over may be eaten on the next day.” – Leviticus 7:16

Hold on a second.  Although it’s true that leftovers are the work of Satan, it’s only true if the offering is an expression of thanks.  Otherwise leftovers are a gift from God.  🙂

“If any meat of the fellowship offering is eaten on the third day, the one who offered it will not be accepted. It will not be reckoned to their credit, for it has become impure; the person who eats any of it will be held responsible.” – Leviticus 7:18

But don’t wait too long on those leftovers.  They become the work of Satan on the third day!

“But if anyone who is unclean eats any meat of the fellowship offering belonging to the Lord, they must be cut off from their people.” – Leviticus 7:20

Eat the wrong kind of meat, however, and you must be cast out from town.  This is God’s way of saying “I love you!”

“The fat of an animal found dead or torn by wild animals may be used for any other purpose, but you must not eat it. Anyone who eats the fat of an animal from which a food offering may be presented to the Lord must be cut off from their people.” – Leviticus 7:24-25

Fat is bad, but only if you eat it.  Use it for something else and it is good.  Eat the fat and you are outcast from your town.

“The priest shall burn the fat on the altar, but the breast belongs to Aaron and his sons.  You are to give the right thigh of your fellowship offerings to the priest as a contribution.” – Leviticus 7:31-32

Isn’t it funny how the priests are never wanting for food?  “God” tells everyone they must give food to the priests.  Yeah, right.

“These, then, are the regulations for the burnt offering, the grain offering, the sin offering, the guilt offering, the ordination offering and the fellowship offering, which the Lord gave Moses at Mount Sinai in the Desert of Sinai on the day he commanded the Israelites to bring their offerings to the Lord.” – Leviticus 7:37-38

In other words, Moses wants to make sure he’s well taken care of, so he devises laws that he claims came from God.  Those laws just happen to provide food to Moses and his top people.

That concludes Leviticus 7.  Many rules and regulations are different types of offerings.  Most are insane and crazy.  Some tell you how to eat leftovers.  Some kick you out of the town!  Others give the priests food.  None are based on good moral values.

Coming Soon:  Leviticus – Chapter 8:  The Ordination of Aaron and His Sons

Job 9:7

Today’s crazy Bible verse comes from the book of Job and focuses on science.

“He speaks to the sun and it does not shine; he seals off the light of the stars.” – Job 9:7

The sun doesn’t shine?  Um…as the creator of all, you would think God knows that the sun does shine.  It produces energy in the core through a fusion process.  That light then leaves the surface of the sun and travels through space.  In fact, we see the planets and the moon because of sunlight reflected off their surfaces.  Other stars “shine” too, giving off light in a fusion process in the core.

The argument could be made that the authors of the Bible didn’t have the scientific understanding to understand stars.  That’s true.  Which then means the Bible is NOT the literal word of God.  And if it’s isn’t the literal word of God, what parts are we to believe?  If there was God who wrote His word in a book, one would think He’d get the science correct since He would have created the science in the first place.

Leviticus – Chapter 6: The Burnt Offering

In the last chapter we learned about the guilt offering, which differs from the sin offering in only one way.  The sin offering is the sacrificing of an animal while the guilt offering requires that AND a payment to the priests.  Lucky priests!  Leviticus 6 brings us more offerings, including the burnt offering.  Didn’t the sin and guilt offerings already include the burning of animals?  Let’s find out.

“The Lord said to Moses: ‘If anyone sins and is unfaithful to the Lord by deceiving a neighbor about something entrusted to them or left in their care or about something stolen, or if they cheat their neighbor, or if they find lost property and lie about it, or if they swear falsely about any such sin that people may commit— when they sin in any of these ways and realize their guilt, they must return what they have stolen or taken by extortion, or what was entrusted to them, or the lost property they found, or whatever it was they swore falsely about. They must make restitution in full, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the owner on the day they present their guilt offering.” – Leviticus 6:1-5

This I can agree with.  The guilty person must return all stolen material and pay a fine to the owner.  Makes perfect sense.  Too bad the other 99% of the Bible doesn’t make the same amount of sense.

“These are the regulations for the burnt offering: The burnt offering is to remain on the altar hearth throughout the night, till morning, and the fire must be kept burning on the altar. The priest shall then put on his linen clothes, with linen undergarments next to his body, and shall remove the ashes of the burnt offering that the fire has consumed on the altar and place them beside the altar. Then he is to take off these clothes and put on others, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a place that is ceremonially clean. The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it. The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.”

God is VERY concerned about the fire.  It MUST be kept burning and MUST not got out!  The burnt offering is clearly not complete if the fire goes out.  LOL!  In addition, the priest must wear clothes, but then must put on another set of clothes at one point in the burnt offering.  WTF?!?!?  Next comes the grain offering.

“It must not be baked with yeast; I have given it as their share of the food offerings presented to me. Like the sin offering and the guilt offering, it is most holy. Any male descendant of Aaron may eat it. For all generations to come it is his perpetual share of the food offerings presented to the Lord. Whatever touches them will become holy.” – Leviticus 6:17-18

First of all, God hates yeast.  Don’t ever use yeast in front of God.  Second, notice how only the male descendants of Aaron’s may eat the grain offering?  Nice move by Moses and Aaron to convince the people that they get food, but no one else can eat this.  Today we refer to that as “the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.”

“It is the Lord’s perpetual share and is to be burned completely.” – Leviticus 6:22

This isn’t a time when people have an overabundance of food.  The Israelites struggle through this time period, yet are required to burn food to please the Lord.  What an amazing, loving Lord who requires his servants to burn food they could use to partially solve a hunger problem.  Leviticus next returns to the sin offering.

“The priest who offers it shall eat it; it is to be eaten in the sanctuary area, in the courtyard of the tent of meeting.” – Leviticus 6:26

OMG!  This is nothing but a scam for the priests to ensure they are well fed!!!

“Any male in a priest’s family may eat it; it is most holy.” – Leviticus 6:29

God wants females to suffer and be dependent on the males.

Summing up Leviticus 6 is fairly simple.  If God exists, He picks and chooses favorites, making sure they are well fed by telling the Israelites to atone for their sins by giving the priests food and money.  If God doesn’t exist, Moses and Aaron have set up a system to ensure that they and their favorites are well off.  Either way, most of the Israelites suffer greatly.

Coming Soon:  Leviticus – Chapter 7:  The Guilt Offering

Leviticus – Chapter 5: The Guilt Offering

In Leviticus 4 we learned about the sin offering.  Leviticus 5 is titled the guilt offering but begins with the end of the sin offering discussed in the previous chapter.

“If anyone becomes aware that they are guilty—if they unwittingly touch anything ceremonially unclean (whether the carcass of an unclean animal, wild or domestic, or of any unclean creature that moves along the ground) and they are unaware that they have become unclean, but then they come to realize their guilt; or if they touch human uncleanness (anything that would make them unclean) even though they are unaware of it, but then they learn of it and realize their guilt; or if anyone thoughtlessly takes an oath to do anything, whether good or evil (in any matter one might carelessly swear about) even though they are unaware of it, but then they learn of it and realize their guilt—when anyone becomes aware that they are guilty in any of these matters, they must confess in what way they have sinned. As a penalty for the sin they have committed, they must bring to the Lord a female lamb or goat from the flock as a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for them for their sin.” – Leviticus 5:2-6

I’ve copied these verses not to show the ridiculous method in which one atones for the sin, but to point out the ridiculousness of the actual sins.  Touching anything ceremonially unclean?  Touching human uncleanness?  This is what God is worried about?  Nothing on theft, rape, or murder.  God is most worried about touching things He claims are dirty.

“Anyone who cannot afford a lamb is to bring two doves or two young pigeons to the Lord as a penalty for their sin—one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering.” – Leviticus 5:7

If I’ve ever said God NEVER helps the poor, I apologize.  God allows the poor to bring in two doves to be slaughtered instead of a lamb or goat.  🙂

“They are to bring them to the priest, who shall first offer the one for the sin offering. He is to wring its head from its neck, not dividing it completely, and is to splash some of the blood of the sin offering against the side of the altar; the rest of the blood must be drained out at the base of the altar. It is a sin offering.” – Leviticus 5:8-9

Church would be so much more interesting today if priests still did this.  LOL!

“The Lord said to Moses: ‘When anyone is unfaithful to the Lord by sinning unintentionally in regard to any of the Lord’s holy things, they are to bring to the Lord as a penalty a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value in silver, according to the sanctuary shekel. It is a guilt offering. They must make restitution for what they have failed to do in regard to the holy things, pay an additional penalty of a fifth of its value and give it all to the priest. The priest will make atonement for them with the ram as a guilt offering, and they will be forgiven.” – Leviticus 5:14-16

Very similar to the sin offering except the guilty must now pay the priest!  Amazing!  The priests have certainly conned the people, that’s for sure!

That concludes Leviticus 5.  The guilt offering is very similar to the sin offering, with the exception that one must pay the priest a penalty in addition to the animal sacrifice.  I’m guessing many people were conned into doing the guilt offering to cleanse themselves before the Lord.  I give the priests credit for conning the people into giving them money.  Biblical morality at its finest!

Coming Soon:  Leviticus – Chapter 6:  The Burnt Offering

Leviticus – Chapter 4: The Sin Offering

There wasn’t much new in Leviticus 3.  It was basically a repeat of Leviticus 1 with the addition of not eating any fat or blood from an offering.  So next time you’re offering up that lamb to God, don’t eat it.  🙂  Leviticus 4 discusses the sin offering.

“If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, he must bring to the Lord a young bull without defect as a sin offering for the sin he has committed.” – Leviticus 4:3

Does this not seem odd to you?  Don’t sin, but if you do, you can wash yourself free of the sin by burning a young bull.  WTF?  What does burning a young bull have to do with your sin?  In today’s world we don’t do that, Christians have Jesus who automatically takes away their sins.  Sin away, as long as you ask for Jesus, or burn a young bull, heaven is still your destination.  Where’s the morality in that?

“He is to dip his finger into the blood and sprinkle some of it seven times before the Lord, in front of the curtain of the sanctuary.” – Leviticus 4:6

Offering the young bull to God is not enough.  There are specific instructions on how to offer it, including sprinkling the bull’s blood seven times before the Lord.  Not 6.  Not 8.  Exactly 7!  Who cares about teaching actual life lessons?!?!  It’s more important we know how many times a priest must sprinkle blood to atone for his sins.

“If the whole Israelite community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, even though the community is unaware of the matter, when they realize their guilt and the sin they committed becomes known, the assembly must bring a young bull as a sin offering and present it before the tent of meeting.” – Leviticus 4:13-14

It’s good to know the rest of the Israelites have a way out too and not just the priests.

“When a leader sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the commands of the Lord his God, when he realizes his guilt and the sin he has committed becomes known, he must bring as his offering a male goat without defect.” – Leviticus 4:22-23

It’s very important to know which animal one must sacrifice and spread the blood everywhere.  A young bull does not atone for all sins.  If the sin is from a leader, only a goat can atone for the sin.  What…the…fuck!?!?!?!  This is what the Bible teaches.  It teaches us to know which animal to kill and burn should we sin.  This is nothing but crazy!

“If any member of the community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, when they realize their guilt and the sin they have committed becomes known, they must bring as their offering for the sin they committed a female goat without defect.” – Leviticus 4:27-28

Not only is the type of animal important, but whether the animal is male of female comes into play too.  Only males can wipe away some sins while females wipe away other sins.

“If someone brings a lamb as their sin offering, they are to bring a female without defect.” – Leviticus 4:32

And don’t you dare, for even a single second, think about bringing an animal with a defect to be sacrificed.  Straight to hell for you!!!

Leviticus 4 is one of those chapters never discussed in church!  If it was, I might still be a church going Christian!  LOL!  To sum up the chapter, it discusses which animals to sacrifice and how to spread the blood based on who commits the sin.  God is supposed to be the creator of all.  An all knowing God.  Yet He chooses to force the Israelites to sacrifice animals instead of accepting a simple “I’m sorry” from those who sin.  This is the all-mighty God Christians worship?

Coming Soon:  Leviticus – Chapter 5:  The Guilt Offering

1 Samuel 3:11-14

God is supposed to be firm, yet loving, right?  At least that is what I was taught when I attended church, and it’s what most Christians preach.  However, if you read the Bible, God is hardly loving.  There are many verses one can point to show the “love” of God, but for today’s crazy Bible verse, I point you to a few in 1 Samuel.

“And the Lord said to Samuel: ‘See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end.  For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them. Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’’” – 1 Samuel 3:11-14

If God wants to punish Eli’s sons for blaspheming against Him, okay, I suppose that can be defended.  If God wants to punish Eli as the father for not stopping his sons, okay.  That’s harder to defend, but possible.  If God wants to punish Eli’s family FOREVER, well, that’s where the crazy comes in.  Eli’s grandchildren and great grandchildren have NOTHING to do with the sin!  Yet God is punishing them too.

Let’s dig deeper.  If God is real and Eli is real, neither of which I believe, but let’s go with it, then all of us likely have a bit of their blood in our veins, figuratively speaking.  That means God is punishing all of us today for Eli’s sin.  Is that fair?  Should you be punished because of Eli and his sons?  Of course not and this shows the ridiculousness of the God of the Bible.  He’s not a loving God by any means.  He’s a jackass God with absolutely no ability to think critically.

Leviticus – Chapter 3: The Fellowship Offering

The first two chapters of Leviticus brought us God telling the Israelites how to do offerings, both a burnt offering of animals and a burnt offering of grain.  Leviticus 3 brings us another set of instructions on offering to God.  This time it’s a fellowship offering.

“From the fellowship offering you are to bring a food offering to the Lord: the internal organs and all the fat that is connected to them, both kidneys with the fat on them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver, which you will remove with the kidneys. Then Aaron’s sons are to burn it on the altar on top of the burnt offering that is lying on the burning wood; it is a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.” – Leviticus 3:3-5

Apparently a fellowship offering is nothing more that offering animals to the Lord for Aaron to burn and God to smell.  This is one messed up God.

“This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live: You must not eat any fat or any blood.” – Leviticus 3:17

Basically Leviticus 3 is a repeat of Leviticus 1 with the caveat that one must not eat any fat or blood from the offering.  I don’t think God has to worry much about that one.  Maybe it was more common in biblical times and I guess there are reasons to use the fat and blood from an animal, but no one is going to eat/drink it.  But if they did, what’s the problem?  If God isn’t burning it or giving it to Aaron, who cares?  A God jealous of someone drinking the blood of dead animals I suppose.

Coming Soon:  Leviticus – Chapter 4:  The Sin Offering

@nonprophetess on Twitter

Last Sunday I pointed you to @godless_mom on Twitter.  This week I’m pointing you to NonProphetess (@nonprophetess) on Twitter.  She’s another great atheist activist (at least in my view) who has a great online presence on Twitter.  She recently surpassed 10,000 Twitter followers and I highly encourage you to view her feed and follow her.  I don’t know her personally, but she doesn’t hide the fact she’s a liberal atheist from Idaho.  Yes, read that again, a liberal atheist from Idaho.  Wow!

NonProphetess tweets several times per day, although not nearly as much as the Godless_Mom.  She has a funny take on religion and politics and is a joy to read each day.  If you’re looking for more Atheists in your Twitter feed and want some humor in those tweets, then the NonProphetess is a MUST follow.  Do it.  Do it now!!!

Leviticus – Chapter 2: The Grain Offering

In the first chapter of Leviticus God laid down the rules on how to properly bring Him a burnt offering.  If it’s not done properly, God won’t find the aroma pleasing.  Don’t mess with God when it comes to the smell of burning flesh!  Chapter 2 brings us the grain offering.  Will God enjoy the pleasing aroma of grain more or less than burnt animal flesh?

“When anyone brings a grain offering to the Lord, their offering is to be of the finest flour.” – Leviticus 2:1

Just as with the burnt offering, God commands only the finest ingredients.  Offer God less than the best flour and He will rain His wrath down on you like none other!!!  The Israelites are suffering yet God commands them to give what they don’t have.

“The priest shall take a handful of the flour and oil, together with all the incense, and burn this as a memorial portion on the altar, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.  The rest of the grain offering belongs to Aaron and his sons; it is a most holy part of the food offerings presented to the Lord.” – Leviticus 2:2-3

Yep, God finds burning grain pleasing.  Worse, however, is God took food from the Israelites and burned it.  What a waste!  These people need that food to survive!  The food that isn’t burnt goes to Aaron and his sons.  Oh, how convenient for Aaron!  This is simply ridiculous.  It’s the rich taking from the poor and telling the poor they will receive God’s word if only they give more of what they don’t have.  Disgusting.

“Every grain offering you bring to the Lord must be made without yeast, for you are not to burn any yeast or honey in a food offering presented to the Lord.” – Leviticus 2:11

God does not find yeast a pleasing aroma.

After reading Leviticus 2, I am a much smarter person!  No longer am I offering God bread made with yeast.  I can’t believe I was doing it wrong all these years!  Please God, forgive me, for I have sinned!  LOL!  This chapter amazes me.  Israelites, many who are poor and have nothing to give lest they go hungry, are forced to give away food, some of which is just wasted in a burnt offering and the rest is given over to Aaron and his sons.  Aaron and his sons are the Koch brothers of today’s society.

Coming Soon:  Leviticus – Chapter 3:  The Fellowship Offering