The Israelites meet their Lord

Leviticus 9: Like a bee to honey

On the eighth day of his ordainment, Aaron called together the Israelites and had them all round up perfectly good calves, goats and lambs for needless slaughter. That day, carcasses piled up outside the tent as hundreds of animals were skinned, bled dry, hacked into pieces, and tossed on the …Continue reading The Israelites meet their Lord

Sacrificial Recipes I

Leviticus 1: Three meat recipes fit for a Lord

When we last left the Israelites, they were following the Lord and his Holy Cloudmobile through the desert. One fine day, the Lord parked his cloud over the Tent of Meeting, as He was prone to do, and gave Moses some guidelines for sacrifice, but more importantly, three …Continue reading Sacrificial Recipes I

Esau and Jacob II

Genesis 26-27: Esau falls for it again

During another famine, Isaac waited out in Gerar, and like his father before him, passed off his wife Rebekah as his sister out of fear for his own life. King Abimelech, however, was no fool and having fallen for this very trick before, said to Isaac, “What are you trying …Continue reading Esau and Jacob II

Sodom and Gomorrah ” Part 1

Genesis 18-19: A brief debate on the ethics of genocide

God appeared to Abraham again – this time bringing three of his buddies, whom he neglected to introduce. “Oh dear Lord, can I get you some water, maybe a bite to eat?” Abraham grovelled.
“Yeah, that sounds good,” replied the men, apparently misunderstanding the question as being directed …Continue reading Sodom and Gomorrah ” Part 1