Welcome back, all. Given that it has been a week since I last updated this blog, part of me wanted to just say, “Ehhhh, make it a weekly update!” But the thing is, I need to strive for daily updates. If all I shoot for is a weekly update, I’ll end up going two weeks without updating, or three, or a month. And then what? And then the whole project goes to s***.
So here I am, after a long day of work and paperwork. I’m very tired. If I weren’t so tired I would probably do a series of updates but I’m really just not feeling it. I barely wanted to do this but I promised myself and my partner and I suppose God that I would get it done tonight. I’ve put it off long enough.
Oy, but these chapters are so long!
God reiterates a few of the Ten Commandments (maybe all of them) and adds a bunch of other things for Moses to tell the people. Among them:
- No shaving sideburns (Lev 19:27)
- No gossiping (Lev 19:16)
- No tripping blind people (Lev 19:14)
- Leave some food unharvested so that poor people can eat too (Lev 19:10)
- No idols, seriously guys, we went over this (Lev 19:4)
- No tattoos (Lev 19:29)
- No turning your daughter into a hooker (Lev 19:29)
- Another man’s b**** ain’t nothin’ to fuck wit’ (Lev 19:20)
And so on. Be honest, be polite, treat people nicely, because I am the LORD your God who will smite the ever-loving s*** out of you if you don’t.
This is the point where I looked up who exactly this “Molech” fellow was. Apparently he was some old Middle Eastern god back in those days and people apparently sacrificed their kids to him. YHWH says that’s a no-no. God then gives a whole list of people that you can’t have sex with. No sisters, no half-sisters, no aunts, no women on their periods, no mother-daughter combos, no daughter-in-laws… You know, I just realized a lot of this was geared toward men as the transgressor. The only verse that has a woman as the subject of the rule is Leviticus 20:16, where God says that women shouldn’t have sex with animals.
Thanks for the tip! Of course, in the end, everyone gets put to death anyway.
If only they’d had some kind of choice…
Also, C. S. Lewis at one point talked about the comparison between God’s love for man and a man’s love for a woman. In Leviticus 20:5-6, God talks about people “prostituting themselves” with mediums and “[committing] “harlotry with Molech.” One of the ways we can understand God’s love is to look at the love between the sexes. First sign I’ve seen of it in the scripture; thought it was worth pointing out.
In Leviticus 21, God talks to Moses and gives him information for Aaron and the priests. “Do not defile yourselves” is pretty much the key here. No dealing with dead bodies, no dating divorced women, gotta marry a virgin, no uncovering your head or shaving your beard… burn your daughter alive if she’s a prostitute, you know, standard stuff.
Also, no fuggos, no cripples, no dwarfs or eunuchs, no acne scars, no weird eyes, no lanky dudes… Apparently “any man [descended from Aaron] who has a defect shall not approach [the altar/sanctuary].”
Harsh, man. Harsh. I feel like modern political-correctness-/equality-Nazis* would have a field day with this chapter.
Here are some more rules about how to properly make sacrifices, and what kind of weird crippled “defective” animals work for which sacrifices.
Also: Eeeew, bugs! Unclean.
Also also: Semen! Unclean.
We knew this stuff before but God reiterates for the priests.
Also also also, the whole thing about this chapter is in regards to who among the priests can eat the holy offerings. The answer is “only the clean ones.” So don’t go profanin’ yurselves, now, ya hear?
This chapter reminds me of a joke:
A Catholic priest, a Reverend, and a Rabbi are discussing their income.
The Priest says: “I draw a circle on the ground, take the offering, and throw it up into the air. Any money that falls outside the circle is for the Lord, and the money that falls inside the circle is for me.”
The Reverend says: “I do things almost the same, except the money that falls outside the circle is my salary, and the money that falls inside the circle is for the Lord.”
The Rabbi says: I do things quite different. I take the offering, throw it up into the air, and pray: “Lord take whatever You need, and feel free to send back the rest.”
Get it? Because Jews.
“You shall make a grain offering again after seven Sabbaths and fifty days to the day, but feel free to sacrifice all the rams, bulls, and lambs you want, for lo, the LORD your God is watching His carbs, but truly I say to you, on protein, there is no restriction. And make sure to sacrifice some wine, for I am the LORD your God and I do enjoy a good red.”
— Leviticus 23:skiddoo
Burn the lights using fresh olive oil. Here’s how to make some little cakes. Don’t kill animals, and if you do, you have to find a replacement. Don’t kill people, except that guy who killed a guy. Him you need to stone to death.
This chapter is also the source of the famous “eye for eye, tooth for tooth” bit.
“The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me.”
— YHWH, Leviticus 25:23
Seriously passed out in the middle of writing. I need to go to bed.
I love you all. Peace be upon you, and good night.
*Like grammar Nazis, but different.