Deuteronomy – Chapter 18: Offerings for Priests and Levites

The previous chapter of the bible had a bit of misogyny as well as some weird rules allowing only two witnesses to condemn a possibly innocent person to death.  Can Deuteronomy 18 top that?  Let’s find out.

“The Levitical priests—indeed, the whole tribe of Levi—are to have no allotment or inheritance with Israel. They shall live on the food offerings presented to the Lord, for that is their inheritance.” – Deuteronomy 18:1

And this is why I have no problem with the tithing back during the time of Moses.  This is a socialistic law that looks out for the benefit of all in society.

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.” – Deuteronomy 18:10-11

Um…wait a second.  God doesn’t want others to sacrifice their son or daughter?  Then why the hell did he command Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac?  Hypocrite!

“Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord…” – Deuteronomy 18:12

This means that God himself is detestable to himself.  God has done the very things that he has claimed he detests.  Sigh.

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.” – Deuteronomy 18:15

I’m guessing God will provide no evidence this prophet is a real prophet.  In other words, God will choose to NOT reveal himself to the people once again.

“But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.” – Deuteronomy 18:20

Exactly how are the Israelites supposed to know the difference between a true and false prophet if God doesn’t reveal himself?

“You may say to yourselves, ‘How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?’ If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.” – Deuteronomy 18:21-22

ROFL!  As if it were that easy.  What evidence will the Israelites have to determine this?  None since God will not provide any.

Most of Deuteronomy 18 focuses on not sacrificing children or following false prophets.  God himself ordered the sacrifice of at least one child, Isaac, in the bible, not to mention the ‘sacrifice’ of tens to hundreds of thousands of non-Israelites.  God ordered the murder and destruction of towns in the way of the Israelites.  Yet God is now saying to no longer sacrifice children.  ROFL!

Coming Soon:  Deuteronomy – Chapter 19:  Cities of Refuge


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