Thursday, May 13, 2010

Exodus 28-32

The facts (Chapter number: Verse)

Exodus 28 - No mention of any women.

Exodus 29 - No mention of any women.

Exodus 30 - No mention of any women.

Exodus 31 - No mention of any women.

32:2 - Aaron tells the men to bring him the gold rings off the ears of their wives, sons and daughters.

My Comments

Yeah, no women so nothing to really say.

Except for a random side note: God is REALLY quick to anger here. The people grow restless (understandably since Moses is gone for about 40 days supposedly), make a golden calf to worship and the second God see this he's like "I'm gonna murder everyone!" It's a good thing God, an omnipotent and all powerful being, is so easily swayed by someone just telling him to basically take a chill pill.

Oh, but wait. So Moses apparently convinces God to not do anything to his people because of the calf. So God changes his mind about killing everyone. Then Moses goes down, finds the faithful people, the Levites, and proceeds to tell them to go out and slaughter their brothers, friends and neighbors. AND THEN on top of that God casts a plague on everyone because of the calf. So God didn't actually change his mind? And Moses telling the Levites to go out and slaughter their own people is okay? And the Levites are revered for doing this horrible thing and basically become the keepers of God's tabernacle? What happened to God telling Moses that killing is bad? What the hell is going on in this section? It seems COMPLETELY messed up, from God basically lying about not punishing the people and Moses' apparently love for the wanton killing of neighbors and loved ones. How messed up is that?

And I find it strange that so much of this section was about how to ritually sacrifice animals. Was this just a time period thing? Because ritual sacrifices were used by the Greeks and Romans and many many other religions too. And why so many animals? I mean, there was a part about two sheep being sacrificed EVERY DAY to the Lord. How wasteful is that? One sheep could feed so many people and yet they're just gonna burn them for God. So do they have SO MANY animals they can afford to do that? Why is God so obsessed with ritual sacrifice and how does this make him any different that any other gods around at the time? I still haven't completely decided what this may mean, but it is really strange to me and bugs me a lot.

Tomorrow: Exodus 33-38

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