Friday, October 9, 2009

34: Sons Burned

Leviticus 8-10
I thought today was going to be another repeat day. But finally we have some story in Leviticus 10.

Leviticus 8 and 9 are all about Aaron being consecrated and the starting of his ministry. This is just more animal slaughter that has already been described to us. I'm starting to think I should have read the abridged version. But no, this is the perfect word of God, so he must have a reason to repeat himself to the point of me wanting to gouge my eyes out.

In Leviticus 10, Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu take unauthorized fire before God. Oh no, how dare they! For this horrible crime of offering fire to God in an improper manner they are burned alive. I wonder if they produce a wonderful aroma like the lambs. Moses pretty much rubs it in Aaron's face saying (paraphrase) "this is what God said would happen". Aaron remains silent, I imagine that Moses is getting the evil eye (the holy eye?).

Moses tells Aaron that he cannot mourn or he will die (presumably at God's hand) and that God will be angry at the whole community (if Aaron mourns?). He also says that Aaron can't leave the tent or God will kill him because he has anointing oil all over himself.

God decides that this moment, right after he's killed Aaron's sons, is the right moment to pass along a few more orders. Namely not to drink alcohol in the tent of meeting or God is going to kill them. Way to have some tact, God.

1 comment:

  1. Psychedelic drugs must be involved somewhere.

    Either that or paranoid schizophrenia - the "But I must stick pins in your eyes because my liver is being eaten by alien robot woodlice that come out at night" syndrome.

    It's the only way this could make any sense to anyone.

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