The Good, the Bad, and the Cleanly

Leviticus 11: Cleanliness is next to godliness

Of all the animals in the world, there is only a select few that we may eat. It is expressly forbidden to eat any of the following:

Animals that do not have divided hooves (e.g. camels, horses) or animals that don’t chew cud (e.g. pigs, rabbits).
Sea creatures without fins or scales …Continue reading The Good, the Bad, and the Cleanly

Atonement

Leviticus 3-5: Paying for your sins

While Moses now had a collection of tasty sacrificial recipes, the Lord added a footnote that the Israelites must not eat any fat nor blood. He then outlined several possible scenarios in which a person may unintentionally sin, and the various types of animals to be sacrificed, the methods to be …Continue reading Atonement

The Real Ten Commandments

Exodus 34: Rules to live by”… again

“Hey!” the Lord said to Moses one day, “remember those stone tablets? You know – the ones you threw down in a tantrum and broke? Yeah – go make some replacements, and meet me up on Mount Sinai with them tomorrow morning.”

Up on the mountain the Lord descended in His …Continue reading The Real Ten Commandments

The Death Penalty

Exodus 31: “I’m no judge, but isn’t that a bit harsh? Maybe just a teensy-weensy bit?”

The Lord Almighty realized that his frail human followers might not be able to live up to his expectations. Between all metallurgy, woodwork, and engineering needed to build all the altars, golden rings, lamps, and so on, there was a lot …Continue reading The Death Penalty

How to Consecrate a Priest

Exodus 29:Your 16-step guide to successful consecration!

According to the Word of Lord, this is a step-by-step guide for consecrating a priest so that he may serve Him.

Make some unleavened bread, cakes and wafers and put them in a basket. Save for later.
Bathe the man to be consecrated and dress him in the holy costume.
Bring a young …Continue reading How to Consecrate a Priest

The ‘Other’ Commandments II

Exodus 22-23: Even more rules

Continuing from the previous chapter’s set of moral guidelines, these additional rules remain a crucial pillar of our entire legal system. While all of God’s Laws are undoubtedly important, highlighted here are the most significant:

If you kill a thief while he’s breaking in during the night, you’re not guilty of anything. But …Continue reading The ‘Other’ Commandments II

The ‘Other’ Commandments I

Exodus 21: More rules

As it turns out, God wasn’t quite done after listing off the Ten Commandments. Here are some of the other important rules he gave us that continue to act as the underlying moral foundations of society as we know it. For brevity’s sake, only the most relevant are listed here:

If you buy a …Continue reading The ‘Other’ Commandments I

The Ten Commandments

Exodus 20: Finally, some moral guidance!

Fire, lightning, and thunder were continuing to boom all around Mount Sinai, and up on the summit, Moses and Aaron were receiving some moral guidance from the Lord. “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of Egypt, and here are the rules you must follow,” said the …Continue reading The Ten Commandments

God appears on Mount Sinai

Exodus 19: Prepare to meet thy God

Some three months after leaving Egypt, the Israelites found themselves in the middle of the Sinai desert. God, talking through a mountain, more or less reiterated what he’d said so many times before: the Israelites are the Lord’s Chosen People and will be a great nation – so long as …Continue reading God appears on Mount Sinai

Passover

Exodus 12: Dinner, infanticide, and a little bit of exodus

“Now hear this!” boomed the Lord to Moses and Aaron, who would later relay the information to the rest of the Hebrews. “On the tenth day of this month, everyone is to grab a lamb. Now there’s some important rules I want to clarify: First: if your …Continue reading Passover