After a bible chapter in which God had a few good things to say, what will this chapter, on the Passover, have in store for us?
“Observe the month of Aviv and celebrate the Passover of the Lord your God, because in the month of Aviv he brought you out of Egypt by night.” – Deuteronomy 16:1
True, but only because God hardened the hearts of the Egyptians. Next Moses describes again the Festival of Weeks and the Festival of Tabernacles. Both come with very specific rules on what to sacrifice when and where. Nothing new to report here.
“Do not set up any wooden Asherah pole beside the altar you build to the Lord your God, 22 and do not erect a sacred stone, for these the Lord your God hates.” – Deuteronomy 16:21-22
In case it wasn’t clear earlier, God does not like idols. Even though a wooden pole is more evidence of a god than the God of the bible ever provides, one must not ask questions or worship anything beyond the god of the Bible.
That does it for this chapter. Not much to report without re-explaining the silly rules of sacrifice. You can look back to previous blog posts to get those details. I leave you with one warming. Never, ever, ever, put up a wooden pole beside the altar to God. 🙂
Coming Soon: Deuteronomy – Chapter 17: Law Courts