Wednesday, September 30, 2009

25: The Rules

Exodus 22-24
Most of this section is a list of laws. I will list some of the more ridiculous ones and make comments.

If a man kills a thief he is not guilty of murder. Ok, that sounds good *turns the page*. But if it happens after sunrise, the person defending his house is a murderer. Why? What does during the day have to do with anything?

If a man seduces a virgin, then all he has to do is pay her father and she must be his wife.

Do not allow a sorceress to live. I'm not making this up, I don't even know what to say.

If you have sex with an animal you must be killed. I didn't know that was a big problem.

Don't take advantage of a widow or orphan (I'm not sure what "take advantage" means in this situation) or God will kill you with his sword.

Don't blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people. I don't think Christians have read this one, yes, you can't curse Obama. What if it's International Blasphemy Day?

Don't say the name of other gods. Who cares?

God says that he is going to send hornets to clear the way for the Israelis to take over "their" land. He tells the Israelis not to let anyone that isn't an Israeli live with them because they will make them turn to other gods.

God again confirms his covenant with the Israelis. God then tells Moses to come to the mountain again and Moses stays at the top of the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights.
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