Sunday, October 4, 2009

29: Blogrolled

Exodus 33-35
God tells Moses to go to the promise land. I don't know why they've been loitering in the dessert so long anyway. He says that he is going to send an angel ahead to clear out their enemies. Ok, we'll see if that happens. God says that he cannot go with the Israelis because they are stubborn, and he apparently kills stubborn people. As far as I know, from this point to the end of Exodus, they never leave where they are camping, God doesn't seem to remember telling them to leave.

Moses makes his meeting tent. Apparently he is meeting God. It says specifically in this paragraph that God is speaking to Moses face to face as a man speaks with his friend in the meeting tent. However, the very next section says that whoever sees the face of God will surely die (specifically including Moses). This is a contradiction between not only the previous paragraph, but the beginning of Genesis, where God is walking through the garden and presumably speaking face to face with Adam and Eve.

Moses goes back up to mount Sinai and makes some more stone tablets (he had made stone tablets before but he shattered them upon seeing the golden calf). While he is up on the mountain the second time, God tells him something interesting, "The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation." Slow to anger? Really? Forgiving wickedness? Where is that? It seems to me that he only forgives you after he kills you. Was he slow to anger when he heard about the golden calf? Or was he more than ready to slaughter everyone? This punishment to the third and fourth generation thing is really starting to bother me. What does your great great grandfather's sin have to do with you? I don't even know who my great great grandfather is, I've never seen his face, how can I possibly be responsible for his actions?

God again reiterates that he is going to drive out the infidels before the Israelites get there. He also throws in, as a paragraph and verse by itself "Do not make cast idols". I think we got that one. The first born of anyone "belongs to God". You must sacrifice a lamb for anything that is the firstborn. The example given in the bible is that you must sacrifice a lamb for a firstborn donkey. This begs the question, do you sacrifice a lamb for a firstborn lamb? Again, what's the point? How much sin can a newborn donkey have to atone for?

It says specifically (it's said this before I just haven't mentioned it) that you should not cook a goat in it's mothers milk. Because that would be sick. Dismembering, burning, slaughtering various animals is totally cool, but cooking a goat in it's mother's milk, that's where the line is.

God says again to kill people who work on the sabbath, got it. Heard you the first time. Exodus 35 ends with the Israelites building the tabernacle. Are they ever going to break camp and leave as God commanded at the beginning of Exodus 33?

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3 comments:

  1. This is great, I really needed a bible review :)

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  2. ive been reading this from the start, and trying to keep an open mind... but God really seems to be acting like a Small Child trying to play Age of Empires or like, a massive version of THE SIMS

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  3. You missed something important: It specifically says in Exodus 34:28 that Moses wrote the 10 commandments down on a second set of tablets (that were identical to the first, which he destroyed). But God also states that these commandments are the same as the words of the covenant that he just told him. However, that covenant was spelled out in 34:18-34:16 and includes stuff about celebrating Passover, not cooking a kid in its mother's milk, resting on the Sabbeth, etc. In other words, those are the Ten Commandments, not the more popular list you gave earlier.

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