I am only 1 day behind now on my reading. I’m almost done with Deuteronomy. It’s much better than Leviticus and Numbers. The law books are tough to get through particularly when they repeat themselves so much. I am catching up my blog after a much needed vacation.
I am by no means any kind of Bible scholar. Most of these Old Testament books I have only gone to if a sermon called for it or from a Sunday school lesson. I probably seem elementary in my knowledge and I guess I am. So many of the other people reading this with Mom’s Toolbox have so much more insight into what the passages mean and the history behind them. I especially love Kristi Stephens. She really helps me make sense of things. You can check her out at KristiStephens.com These are my observations as I enter the 3rd week of reading.
What was the big deal about Ham seeing his father naked? Was it because he didn’t cover him up? Seems to me like cursing Ham’s son for that just didn’t seem quite right.
Why was it OK for men to have multiple wives? I tend to think it became custom and not really what God intended at all. I don’t think I would have done too well in Old Testament times. I’m way to independent to have a woman’s place in that society. I’d have ended up stoned for sure.
Joseph is my favorite Old Testament dude. Plus, the story has humor in it despite the sad parts. When Jacob asks his sons” Why are you still standing there?” after he told them to go to Egypt to get grain, I chuckled.
First of all, I think it’s cool that God used the plagues to mock Egypt’s gods. You think that would have been enough to make them all believers. If I was Pharoah, I’d have let them go for sure after all the bugs. I couldn’t have handled that. I don’t mind frogs in general, but I think a whole house full would have changed my mind.
I wonder what manna actually tasted like? I kinda have this idea that it sorta tasted like matzo crackers or something.
The Israelites were a bunch of whiners. At times, they acted like my 8 year old son when he doesn’t get his way right when he thinks he should. But I know in my own walk with God I have been a whiner too, just like the Israelites. That He still loved them and blessed them after how much they disappointed Him shows us His love.
Leviticus and Numbers Observations
They had a lot of rules. It’s amazing how much they had to remember to do in the right way or they would die. I read in another blog where the author had talked about what struck her was the weight of the sacrifice. So much blood. So much death to bridge the gap between man and God. After reading that post, I had to agree. On top of that, can you imagine the constant smell of BBQ and not being able to eat it? Except for the Levites, of course. I wonder how the other tribes felt about that tribe being picked as the priests.
I also wonder that if the Israelites had been more obedient after the Exodus, if God would have had so many elaborate rules for them. But then I remember that “the wages of sin is death” so I guess they still would have had all the sacrifices. However, I have to giggle a little at the wave offering. The idea of watching a priest waving a ram thigh back and forth just strikes me as humorous. Now I know to God that offerings were serious I just wonder what was God’s purpose behind that one. All the other offerings make sense to me but that one.
Moses is at the end of his life and he’s like a grandfather trying to impart his last bits of wisdom to his grandchildren. ” Now don’t forget this… and don’t forget that…” He loves his people, you can tell by his words and he wants to see his people stay true to God although he will not be able to go into the promised land himself. I think that was a bit harsh, but of course, I’m not God so what do I know. I really felt sorry for Moses in that. It shows us that God doesn’t take sin lightly. Even though He forgives there are consequences for disobeying God.
I know that my questions and observations are not the typical ones most Christians would ask as they read through. I’m a history buff and I want to know what was really going on in what I read. What is the context of the scripture? What is their culture like at the time? If you don’t know that, I don’t think you can truly understand what God is trying to tell you. I am also looking for ways to adapt what I read to my own life and I am growing in my faith.