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Leviticus 17 – Sacrifice & Blood

Then God (Elohim) spoke all these words, saying,
‘I am the LORD your God (YHWH Elohim), who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.   You shall have no other gods before Me.  You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.  You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God (YHWH Elohim), am a jealous God (Elohim),’” Exodus 20:1-5a

Leviticus 17 expands on and deals with the particulars of this passage a little bit more.  There are two connected issues here.  First, no one may slaughter an ox, lamb, or goat within or outside of camp without bringing the body to the tabernacle to offer it as an offering to the LORD.  This is to ensure that there is no other worship except the worship of YHWH in the Israelite camp.  If a man or a woman sacrificed an animal to another god, that would have brought defilement upon the camp and people of Israel.

Reading that you could not slaughter an ox, sheep, or goat without offering it as a sacrifice to YHWH, i wonder how the Israelites could harvest their flocks and herds.  If sheep, goats and oxen were the primary means of meat for the Israelites, and they could only be slaughtered to sacrifice them to God, where do they get the meat needed to live on?  I don’t have the answer to that one, but knowing me, i’m probably just missing something simple.

The second part of this chapter deals with the command not to consume blood.  Blood is the life of the creature.  That’s been backed up by research for centuries.  The essence of the creature, it’s life and support system, comes from the blood.  As such, God requires that we do not consume of it.  In fact, when we hunt or kill an animal, we are instructed to let the blood drain out and cover it with dirt.

Do we take Exodus 20:1-5a seriously?  Have we made for ourselves gods other than YHWH?  Obviously we don’t make idols.  However, we have a tendency to worship, pursue, and trust in many things other than YHWH.  Some worship the god of money, others the god of family, others the god of education, others of technology.  Most American’s worship and bow down to the god of self.  When we place any of these things before YHWH, we are making them gods in our eyes.  What will it have to take to change our view and for us to start truly worshiping YHWH, the one true God, once again?

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Genesis 25 – Chosen Path

I was tempted to title this chapter “Loose Ends” due to the beginning of the chapter being dedicated to tying up the loose ends of Abraham’s life.  He got married a third time, and had six more children.  He ended up sending them away to the east with gifts and giving all that he had to Isaac before dying and being buried.  As i was going through though, the realization came to me that these children weren’t just loose ends.  They were as much children of Abraham as Isaac and Ishmael.  So while the Bible doesn’t focus on them as much, they had just as much of God’s blessing as Ishmael.  They were still blessed.  They would still become great nations, but their lives simply don’t continue through the story as the others do.  They are not key characters, but neither are they simply loose ends.  They are still the children of Abraham.

The best i could come up with is “Chosen Path”.  This chapter is about multiple paths.  It is about the options and opportunities taken and lost.  No one in this chapter is insignificant in and of themselves.  God simply chose His route.  There were multiple paths and roads to choose from, but of Abraham’s eight children God chose Isaac, then Jacob of Isaac’s two.  Esau squandered his opportunity, …for a bowl of stew and a slice of bread.  Ultimately though, it’s about God’s choice.  It’s not that the others were of less value or worth, they were just not chosen.

How about us?  Do we disregard someone because they have come from a different path?  Do we recognize that all people are God’s children, or do we get so caught up in the fact that they come from a different path that we automatically reject or push them away?  What is more important to God, that they came from a different (wrong?) path, or that they find the Chosen One?

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