Posted 30 March 2011 - 10:01 AM
Sacrifices in Leviticus are coming back to me. Give me some time and I'll address Leviticus more.Okay I was confused when you said something about the 10 sacrifices or something. Leviticus was the king of sacrifices. I mean if I ever go back in time to these days, this is the must have book if you don't want to look like a doofus when they are doing all these rituals. The whole first part of the book, 7 chapters, are like a guide book to ritual sacrifice. I suppose that's why alot of people don't bring up reading it and only point out certain passages. It's like reading the guidebook to your cell phone, repetetive and kinda boring. But if you want to know how to do it right you better have it around. Know that the priest gets to keep most of it to eat, be prepared for the blood splatter, pinching a pidgeons head off, etc..The more I think about it, Leviticus was like a guidebook to being God's slave. He was the king at the time after all before passing it on later to mere mortals. After all the rules regarding animal sacrifice, and damn sam, they did it alot and for everything, along came Aaron's sons with the wrong incense. Big ****in mistake.Poof- so much for Moses' nephews. Such a shame too, because really Aaron was such a jackass and one of the real bad guys in the bible, his poor sons got the brunt of it and Aaron always seemed to get a pass for his shit.But anyway, God wasn't petty. It was the wrong incense dammit!God told Aaron- "You must distinguish between the sacred and the profane, between the impure and the pure; and you must teach the Israelites all the law which the Lord has imparted to them through Moses." So God isn't being a vindictive jerk, per se, he is simply telling people you better watch the details of the way in which you serve me and get it right. God must be hell on waiters as well. But really it's like I said, he is the master and we are the slaves and the demon is in the details.So then Leviticus goes on about eating and why (Jews can't eat pork), impurity and why you should always carry your own stool to sit on, since it's a sin to sit where an impure women (on her period) has been for two weeks. Also tons on Lepers, skin diseases (lots of skin disease stuff in the OT) and why baldness and shaving your body is a good thing.This isn't even half way through, so I know what you mean about it being impossible to follow all these rules. In fact, I am getting ready to read a book called, "A year of living biblically" which should be a hoot, about a guy who actually tries all this.So, what does this have to do with, oh yeah, God set the rules and Jesus came along to what, "fulfill" the promise or something.
As Eric Idle wrote: You know, you come from nothing - you're going back to nothing. What have you lost? Nothing!