Atonement Part 9

Kingwell By Kingwell, 29th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3o122c6g/
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God continues his discourse with Moses regarding the feasts that must be kept when they arrive in their promised land. Much emphasis is placed on the keeping of Sabbaths and the number seven.

Seven Sabbaths

The Lord God of Israel has been busy instructing his people about the various feasts that they must keep and the meaning behind them. It is clear that God has no intention of letting them forget that it was he that brought them out of slavery in Egypt. Here in the wilderness he instructs Moses to teach the people about keeping the Sabbath and how the Sabbath is tied in with other celebrations. “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, when ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall eat the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvests unto the priests. And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it” Leviticus 23: 9-11. Further directions are given for the meat offering and then something new is added. “And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering ; seven Sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord” Leviticus 23: 15-16.

A Statue Forever

There is no record of Moses being given a break as he tries to soak up all of the information but it seems quite possible that some time may elapse between each discourse. “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation” Leviticus 23: 23- 24. The people are told that they must not do any work, and that they must “afflict their souls”, which it seems may refer to fasting. The monologue continues with God apparently infatuated with the number seven! “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, the fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the Lord. On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: On the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: It is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein. These are the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, everything upon his day: Besides the Sabbaths of the Lord, and beside your gifts, and beside your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the Lord. Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days: On the first day shall be a Sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a Sabbath. And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days. And ye shall keep it a feast unto the Lord seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations; ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month” Leviticus 23: 33- 41.

Eye For Eye, Tooth for Tooth

For the time being at least God changes the topic of his homily from that of Sabbaths and feasts to the providing of lamps and light for the tabernacle. The children of Israel are ordered to bring pure olive that the lamps may burn continually within the tabernacle. While God continues to advice Moses further about the Sabbath offerings, a dispute breaks out between the son of a woman of Israel, whose husband was an Egyptian and a man of Israel. A fight ensues and the son of the Egyptian blasphemes the name of the Lord and curses. The man, whose mother is, an Israelite, a woman of the tribe of Dan, is quickly brought before Moses. “And the Lord spake unto Moses saying, bring forth him that hath cursed without the camp, and let all that heard him lay their hands upon his head, and let all the congregation stone him” Leviticus 24: 13-14. This causes God to give a further discourse regarding the keeping of the commandments. “He that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death. And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death. And he that killeth a beast shall make it good, beast for beast. And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him. Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again” Leviticus 24: 16-20. When God had finished speaking to Moses, the children of Israel took the man who had cursed outside the camp, where they stoned him and he died.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 10
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author avatar Shamarie
29th Nov 2015 (#)

Great share, Kingwell! Blessings!!!

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks Shamarie. Blessings.

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author avatar M G Singh
29th Nov 2015 (#)

Very interesting

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks Madan. Blessings.

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author avatar Anuprita
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Nice share!

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you Anuprta. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
30th Nov 2015 (#)

When God had finished <speaking to Moses, the children of Israel took the man who had cursed outside the camp, where they stoned him and he died.>

"let those who are without sin throw the first stone" said Jesus, seems like there are a lot of Israelites who were without sin here then.

Why was the God of the old testament seemingly so ruthless compared to Jesus’s way of handling things in the new testament?

The “children of God” at that time perhaps needed direct intervening authority, and would not have listened to the softer voice of love. They wanted a booming voice of fear, in a way because they feared life, they wanted to fear their God in a subservient way too perhaps.

Love (in the sense of having the courage to go love’s way and not fear’s way) only comes to do those who burn off karma, and/or are allowed to follow their heart, not covered over by the blanket of fear, so blindly being led along by fears, karma, and their minds separated from their heart by all of this too.

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks spirited, I always enjoy your comments. This was early in man's spiritual evolution and people feared God and their leaders - often with good reason as we have seen. The teachings of Jesus were far advanced, even for his day, but after he left, his followers brought in many changes that were nothing like his teachings. Christians today, do not focus enough on the Gospels, especially the sermon on the mount. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Yes I agree with both of you. the God of the old testament is a vengeful God and to be feared, Jesus ushered in a new way of looking at religion.

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks Carol and I agree. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Thought provoking, thanks Kingwell.

Maybe, we need a new approach to our present ills - away from the earlier two. People seem to have lost their moorings with technology leading them by their nose!

The old ways of diktats will not work and also God remaining aloof. Maybe, He is pondering whether we are worth saving as things could have got very much out of His hands!

But we do need a higher intervention as we are at each other's throats for any reason or no reason and in the name of Gods too!

God could be thinking - what the hell; to hell with them! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks Siva. Certainly, the God of the Old Testament could be thinking that way! Mankind is in charge of his own destiny as we have free will. We need to recognize that we are all one and that hurting another also hurts us. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
1st Dec 2015 (#)

Another winner! thanks for the share!

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd Dec 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
2nd Dec 2015 (#)

Wonderful post Kingwell as always, cheers and God Bless mate!

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks Fern. Blessings.

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author avatar Susan Hauck
6th Dec 2015 (#)

Great share! Thanks so much, Kingwell. :-)

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author avatar Susan Hauck
6th Dec 2015 (#)

And congrats on being author of the day!

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author avatar Kingwell
7th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks you on both counts. Blessings.

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