Atonement Part 2

Kingwell By Kingwell, 12th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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On the eighth day the ceremony commences once more but two of Aaron's sons offer strange fire that God has not commanded and both die.

The Eighth Day.

Aaron and his sons remained at the door of the tabernacle for seven days and seven nights and on the eight day Moses came to them again, ordering a continuation of the ceremony. Aaron is told to take a calf for a sin offering and a ram for the burnt offering, both must be without blemish, and offer them before the Lord. He also tells the people that they must bring a kid of the goats for a sin offering and a calf and a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering. Once again all must be without blemish. They must also bring a bullock for peace offerings as well as for a meat offering blended with oil. “And Moses said unto Aaron, go unto the altar and offer thy sin offering, and thy burnt offering, and make an atonement for thyself and for the people: and offer the offering, of the people, and make it an atonement for them as the Lord commanded” Leviticus 9: 7. Aaron does as he is told and goes to the Altar where he slays the calf of the sin offer for himself and his sons than bring him the blood into which he dips his fingers and places blood on the horns of the altar. The remaining blood he pours out at the bottom of the altar. “But the fat, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver of the sin offering, he burnt upon the altar; as the Lord commanded Moses. And the flesh and the hide he burnt with fire without the camp”. Leviticus 9: 10-11.

God andThe Blood Offering.

The gruesome scene continues as more animals are slaughtered and the blood splashed around the altar erected to the glory of God. Finally the whole ceremony ends with Aaron lifting up his hands and blessing the people. Afterwards he and Moses go into the tabernacle and come out to bless the people again. God however has one more trick up his sleeve.“ And there came a fire out from before the Lord, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces” Leviticus 9: 24. Many in today’s world would find such a rite to be shocking to say the least but we must remember that at that period in history human life was not valued as it is today and certainly, the life of an animal much less. All the tribal peoples of the day and even earlier offered animals and even their sons and daughters as a sacrifice to their God, so the congregation gathered here would not have thought of it as being anything unusual. They expected their God to demand a blood offering.

Strange Fire and it's Consequences.

It is now that we learn that not only does God expect his people to do exactly as he commands but also that they are not to do what he does not ask of them. He has set the rules and they are to be followed exactly as he says. Two of Aaron's sons, probably puffed up by all the attention suddenly thrust upon them, and maybe wanting to flaunt their importance in front of their friends, decide to add their own little twist to the celebration without realizing that they were calling down the anger of a jealous God. "And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord" Leviticus 10:1-2. Moses immediately realizes what has happened and knowing God's anger, he quickly orders certain men to take the bodies of the two young priests and carry them out of the camp. The men follow his orders and he then turns to his brother and his two remaining sons saying: "uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the Lord hath kindled. And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the Lord is upon you. And they did according to the word of Moses" Leviticus 10: 6-7.

The Lord's Anger Subsides.

As all did as Moses commanded the Lord's anger subsided and he spoke directly to Aaron. Among other things and under penalty of death, he is told that neither him nor his sons nor their descendants are to drink wine or strong drink when they go into the tabernacle of the congregation. Later Moses converses again with Aaron regarding the meat offering and where it is to be eaten. Discovering that Aaron's two remaining sons have not eaten the sin offering in the holy place as he had commanded them, Moses is once again angry. This time however, Aaron speaks up for his sons telling his brother that they have followed all the other instructions and reminding him of all that he has had to bear already that day. Moses relents and for the time being at least, all is well.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 3
See Part 1

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Altat, Anger, Angry God, Atonement, Blood, Blood Offering, Burnt Offering, Ceremony, Death, Fire, Gruesome Scene, Kingwell, Lord God Of Israel, Peace Offering, Sacrifice, Tabernacle

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author avatar Shamarie
13th Oct 2015 (#)

Good job, Kingwell! "Strange Fire and it's Consequences" was my favorite part of the chapter. God bless!!!

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you Shamarie. Blessings.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
14th Oct 2015 (#)

Very wonderful work with your seal of excellence , Kingwell. God Bless my friend!

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you Fern. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Oct 2015 (#)

Direct edicts, commands and immediate punishments with God getting angry - maybe,we need reminding of them as at least few among us behave as the lord of all they survey!

Very interesting series, thanks Kingwell for the enlightenment - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Siva. Very true we don't always behave as we should. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
14th Oct 2015 (#)

I am so happy that now with Christianity we do not see God as so vengeful that he would kill humans for slight infractions.

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol. The God imagined by those in Old Testament times was very harsh indeed. Blessings.

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author avatar brendamarie
14th Oct 2015 (#)

Very enlightening post Kingwell. God Bless!!!

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you brendamarie. Blessings.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
15th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks ~ Kingwell ~ for sharing this great post. As I read through it, gratitude for The New Covenant arose. Hebrews 8 has this to say:

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. 8 Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord.

10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” *** WOW.

Blessings to you.

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Helen. I hadn't thought of those words for some time. Thanks for reminding me. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
15th Oct 2015 (#)

Another great piece. I really hope you keep on with this!

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Jessica. I intent to continue. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
18th Oct 2015 (#)

This is hard for me to understand too Kingwell.

Perhaps this could be an answer, amongst many possible ones??

"This lesser God was actually Jesus learning his ropes before God later sent him down to earth as a punishment to feel the pain he had inflicted on these other sons of his.

Heaven is perhaps a place where God's sons and angels are still learning too.

God created nothing with instant knowledge, because it (real learnt knowledge) must be acquired through learning wisdom, then it accumulates/assimilates deeper than instant factual based knowledge could ever take it on its own."

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author avatar Kingwell
18th Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks spirited for your interesting take on this. I do believe that we must continue to have new experiences. I would rather think that the God portrayed here was a product of the times and more imagined than real. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
19th Oct 2015 (#)

you are probably right Kingwell, but the imagined can be very real at times too....

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Oct 2015 (#)

That's a good point spirited. Only a few people are able to see that. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
28th Oct 2015 (#)

Kingwell, I will start by saying great writing. Then I will continue by saying it's hard for me to think of animals being harmed in this way. I'm a person that believes that all animals have rights too. I understand religion and all it stands for but I just can't put aside harm to animals. It's just me I guess but it's who I am. Blessings to you!

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author avatar Kingwell
28th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you Nancy and I agree with you. I too love animals and would never harm one intentionally. I'm sure that God has to feel the same and that the sacrifices as described here are the result of man's misinterpretation of God. Blessings.

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