This chapter is about oil & bread being set before God. I’m not 100% if modern followers of the Jewish faith still follow this exactly. We’ll also be covering a blasphemer getting stoned. This one isn’t what is sounds like. A blasphemer is getting the death penalty. This is a short chapter. I hope everyone enjoys the read.
Moses was told by God about the oil & bread. The Israelites are to bring Moses clear oil of pressed olives for the lamps so that they may burn continually. (These are the lights for the tabernacle.) Outside the curtain/veil of the Ark/”Testimony” in the Tent (of Meeting), Aaron (or the high priest) had/has to tend the lamps before God from evening till morning, continually. The lamps on the pure gold lampstand before God must be tended continually.
Then they had to take fine flour & bake 12 loaves of bread, using 2/10 of an ephah (about 4 quarts/4.5 liters) for each loaf. These got set in 2 rows, 6 in each row, on the table of pure gold before God. Along each row they put some pure incense as a memorial portion to represent the bread & to be an offering made to God, by fire.
This bread is to be set out before God regularly, Sabbath after Sabbath, on behalf of the Israelites. It belongs to Aaron & his sons, who are to eat it in a holy place. Because it’s a most holy part of their regular share of the offerings made to God, by fire.
Just then… A man, who had an Israelite mother & Egyptian father, went out among the Israelites. A fight broke out in the camp between him & an “Israelite.” (I’m thinking they mean like a full-blooded Israelite. Because back then, it matter. And it only counted it your dad was an Israelite. Not your mother. At least back then.) His mother’s name was Shelomith, who was the daughter of, I’m assuming is a man, Dibri the Danite.
The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed “the Name.” (This is the actual name of God. Because there’s power in names. According to some religions/schools of thought. This is now called the Tetragrammaton. It’s called this now because no one actually knows the true name of God. So they came up with the Tetragrammaton, which is a mixture of the names of God that are/were available. Like Yahweh, etc.) They put him in custody until the will of God was made clear to them, via Moses. Of course.
Then God tells Moses what to do with this blasphemer. Here’s what was to be done to him: The blasphemer was taken outside of the camp. All of the people who heard him say the actual blaspheming were to lay their hands on his head. (This was so he couldn’t get away.) Then the entire assembly, everyone, is to stone him.
God then tells Moses, as in a by-the-way kind of deal: “If anyone curses their God, they’ll be held responsible. Anyone who blasphemes the name of God must be put to death. Everyone must stone them. Whether a foreigner/”alien” or native-born, when they blaspheme “the Name,” they must be put to death.”
“If anyone takes the life of a human being, they get the death penalty. Anyone who takes the life of someone’s animal must make restitution. A life for a life. If anyone injures their neighbor, whatever they’ve done HAD to done to them. A fracture for a fracture, eye for an eye, tooth for tooth. As they’ve injured another, so must they been injured. (You can find this in Matthew 5:38 & Matthew 24:20.) You’re to have the same standard for the foreigner among you & the native-born.”
Moses then went out & spoke to the Israelites. They took the blasphemer outside the camp. Poor guy got the death penalty. He got stoned.
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