My Mum's Ancient Family Bible

My Mum's Ancient Family Bible
Kept in the garage of all places for so many years, it's finally been put to good use.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Faceplant! (Leviticus 6-9)

It seems that the subject of animal sacrifice will not be put to rest anytime soon. One of the things that I didn't mention was that the sacrificial altars that Moses and Aaron use are decked out with giant horns on either side (like a Viking helmet) and each and every time a sacrifice is made the horns get ritualistically smeared with blood. Very dark.

In the previous post, I pointed out that it is easy to be deemed unclean. Here's more on that: "You shall eat no fat, of ox, or sheep, or goat. The fat of an animal that dies of itself, and the fat of one that is torn by beasts, may be put to any other use, but on no account shall you eat it. For every person who eats of the fat of an animal of which an offering by fire is made to the Lord shall be cut off from his people" (Lev 7:22-25). Wait a minute. I understand that it's not good to eat what is basically road kill; however, eating no fat whatsoever from the aforementioned animals is completely unreasonable. Personally, I adore fatty meat and am not above eating six pieces of peameal bacon in one sitting.

Sometimes in an animal sacrifice, the priests some of the animals blood purposefully smeared on them: "And Moses killed it, and took some of its blood and put it on the tip of Aaron's right ear and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the great toe of his right foot" (Lev 8:23). I think this happened in a scene from The Lost Boys (starring the two Coreys, one of which had impeccable comedic timing).

Leviticus 9 describes an animal sacrifice that is apparently so mind-blowing that all the Israelites "shouted, and fell on their faces" (Lev 9:24). This is pretty funny to me. There's been so much sacrificing already that you'd think they'd be used to it by now. Weirdos.

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