Russell and Duenes

there will be blood

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I’ve been reading through the Pentateuch since January as part of my plan to read through it six times this year, and one thing has stood out to me afresh on this reading: the messiness and laboriousness of the whole of Israelite life. I don’t say this is a critique, merely as an observation. It is quite virtually impossible for us “moderns” to get ahold of the kind of life these Israelites lived in the desert. But let’s try to imagine a little.

The priests had to kill, wash, sprinkle the blood of and dispose of countless animals. Just think of the blood going everywhere as they killed these animals. It’s not like they had washers and dryers or All-Purpose ‘SHOUT’ stain-remover. For certain sacrifices, God commands them to fling the blood on the altar or on their clothes. This would not be tidy, to say the least. Quite often God commands them to “wash the entrails” of the animal. This would be a difficult task with a hose. But wait, they have no hoses. Often they have to carry a portion of the slaughtered animal outside the camp to be disposed of or burned there. This would be an arduous task. They have to pack up the Tent of Meeting, the holy objects and all the utensils and such every time they move from place to place. Sometimes they stay in a place less than 24 hours. I tried to imagine this kind of life. It would be totally foreign to me. Yet I trust that God’s good purpose in taking them through this kind of life was to created further dependence on him and further awareness of his holiness. I think we today think this comes quite easily. I’m not convinced it does.



Written by Michael Duenes

February 11, 2010 at 1:33 am

Posted in Duenes, Reflections

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