Essay #14

 

Were Aaronic priests of the Old Testament trying to deceive God?

 

Were the Old Testament Israelites trying by their Temple sacrifices to deceive God into believing that they were righteous?

Possibly just as Jacob’s mother (Rebecca), and Jacob, deceived Jacob's father Isaac into believing that it was Esau receiving father Isaac’s blessing, and not Jacob or somebody else, so that Isaac gave his one and only blessing, from a father for the firstborn of the family, possibly, to Jacob instead of to Esau;

So too possibly, or at least so it seems as potentially possible, so too possibly the Hebrew Aaronic priesthood and their presenting the blood of an innocent or essentially faultless animal when they entered into the Holy of Holies of either the Tabernacle in the wilderness or of the Temple, or Temples, of later eras; so too possibly those priests may have sought, or may be seeking, or may plan to seek, the approval of God by making it seem as though someone innocent had just entered into the Holy of Holies, when they had entered carrying a container of blood of an animal "without blemish" or fault.

Also apparently possibly, there is a somewhat "Occult teachings" concept that blood somehow carries a mystical power to it.

Possibly they thought then, that when God looked down from Heaven, that if He saw the blood of an innocent creature entering into the Holy of Holies, or the blood of an innocent creature being already within the Holy of Holies, that God possibly would think that there was an actual innocent creature entering into the Holy of Holies there or that was there already, and that He should try to help the possibly yet still living innocent creature with its requests concerning its needs, etc.

Note also that if the sacrifice were "not accepted"; that the other priests, who were yet necessarily remaining behind, outside the Holy of Holies, that they could retrieve the body of that priest who had entered into the Holy of Holies and who thusly possibly had been killed by God for some such reason of not being accepted by God; that they then could retrieve the body of that priest by dragging it with the rope that had been tied to one of his legs for that purpose, contingent upon whether or not God had "accepted" the priest with the faultless animal's blood that he had brought into that Holy of Holies place.

Also, apparently the priest so entering the Holy of Holies was apparently to have a bell sewn to his clothing so that regularly every so often or so, or continuously, it would ring out a bell-jingling sound so that as he performed his activities that it would let the priests who were remaining outside to be able to keep track of whether that priest was yet still alive or not.

If God were behind those Old Testament rules and practices concerning a supposed need to sacrifice an innocent animal and to bring its blood into the Holy of Holies, then why did the priests need to tie a rope to the leg of the High Priest so entering into the Holy of Holies with that blood, in the case that he were not accepted?

Would not God have known that the Israelite priest was not perfect, and thus have forgiven him of his faults, those faults thus however having become evident?

Was the practice of sacrificing innocent animals in Israel back then somehow related to the pagan nations surrounding Israel that apparently did similar sacrificing, except instead, that those pagan nations did sacrificing of human beings as well?

For example on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) recently (2012-2013) there was a film shown that was made in the 1960's called something like The Story of Ruth.  In that film, a young girl named Ruth in the times of ancient Israel and apparently the same Ruth as the Ruth after which the Book of Ruth in The Holy Bible is named, was in the process of competing with other talented young girls to attempt to win a contest for the supposed "right" to be sacrificed to Chemosh, a pagan god from whose ancient name of such is derived the modern word, "Chemistry", a modern word named for the study of the interactions between and  dynamics of atoms and molecules, which particular pagan god, however, was a pagan god of the children of Moab, in the ancient land of Moab east of the Sea of the Arabah, (or alternately named, the Salt Sea, or the Dead Sea); now a part of the present day modern country called Jordan, an ancient pagan god whose giant ugly idol was depicted in the film as being in back of the platform on which the supposedly desirable "honors" of the contest were bestowed on the girl who was "without blemish," and who had been the most talented and who thus had won the contest.

Ruth however, was found to have a blemish on her arm and therefore became disqualified, and thus that rejection, as a result however, apparently saved her life.

Much later, after Ruth had grown older and another young girl much younger than Ruth, the girl named Tabor, the girl who did had won a similar contest as that for which Ruth had become disqualified; that girl Tabor is shown in the film as being brought up in front of the crowd on the platform along with the pagan priest, and receiving the acclaim related to winning the contest.  While up there on the platform with the pagan priest and pagan priestess and th gian ugly idol statue of the pagan god named Chemosh; then however, as a final act, the film shows the pagan priest putting a black hood over the girl’s head and having her lie down on the table on the platform in front of the crowd. And then the film shows the priest raising a big machete type of knife over his head and then bringing it down with force into the girl’s body on the table, thus murdering her in sacrifice to Chemosh.

Many years before, Ruth had been spared from such a fate.  But now Tabor had been sacrificially killed.

 

Incidentally, however, one of the craftsmen who made the metal tiarra crown for that girl Tabor who had "won" the talent/beauty contest and thus had been sacrificed to death, was in the film depicted as a follower of the invisible God called Jehovah, Whom he claimed did not believe in, or require any sacrificing of any human beings, at all.

Allegedly, the LORD (i.e., Jehovah); Who is the God of Israel and the God of the Universe, stands stedfastly against the practice of any human sacrificing, whatsoever.

Concerning animals, please see Jeremiah chapter 7 in which apparently the LORD (i.e., Jehovah) explains that at the first, He did not make any laws requiring the sacrificing of animals, but merely said something such as "These are my ways. Walk ye in them."; but that the Israelites "went backward, and not forward," and began to sacrifice human beings in Tophet; or in The Valley of the Son of Hinnom; and so, it is implied, the LORD (i.e., in other words, Jehovah); the LORD then therefore instituted animal sacrificing for them to engage themselves in, instead.

Although, it has been claimed by some sources that Jehovah God is even against the murdering of animals; also.

Animals have been referred to as "God's precious creatures"; who are loved by Him.  Now why would God consent to harm any of those whom He loved?

Possibly relatedly, please see the Holy Bible quotes related to the idea that as now Christians, rather than as beforehand possibly being only Jews or heathen Gentiles, that along with the Apostle Paul or with whomever else wrote it, that we should give up on practicing the "hidden works of darkness" and that we should instead embrace "sincerity and truth", "commending ourselves truthfully and openly to every man’s conscience."

 

Please see the following Holy Bible quotes concerning 1 Corinthians 5:8 and Joshua 24:14:

Quotes from the Blue Letter Bible of the Internet:

 

1Cr 5:8

Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth.

Here is the remaining match.

 

Jos 24:14

Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.

 

Also from the Internet Blue Letter Bible concerning 2 Corinthians 4:1, and 2 Corinthians 4:2:

2Cr 4:1 ¶ Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

2Cr 4:2   But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

 

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-What kind of "leaven of malice and wickedness" was meant, in that 1 Corinthians 5:8 holy scriptures quote? 

-What kind of "hidden things of dishonesty", and what kind of "craftiness" or deceitful handling of the holy scriptures was meant by those 2 Corinthians 4:1-2 verses?

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As a Christian human being, I detest murder. I detest even the sacrificing of animals to sacrificially murder them. They should instead be treated kindly and cared for and kept alive and well; and agape'-loved. They should be allowed to live long happy lives along with the rest of us, as beloved pets; and/or as appreciated, loved and cared for home/farm/life sanctuary animals, without us murdering them, or having them murdered, or harmed in any way at all, even for food or for any other supposedly good reasons.

The maxim taught to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, "In everything that ye would that men should do unto you, do ye so unto them," (not necessarily an exact quote from the New Testament Gospels of the Holy Bible yet ) may also be able to be applied towards the animals as well.

In other words, we should be kind to the animals, too.