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Drunk With Blood:
God's killings in the Bible
By Steve Wells
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And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and
Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off.||
And Moses alone shall come near the LORD: but they shall not come nigh;
neither shall the people go up with him.||
And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the
judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the
words which the LORD hath said will we do.||
And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the
morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according
to the twelve tribes of Israel.||
(24:5-8) Moses has some animals killed and
burns their dead bodies for God. Then he sprinkles their blood on the altar and
on the people. This makes God happy.
(24:5) "Young men of the children of Israel ... offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the LORD."
(24:6) "Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar."
(24:8) "And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people."
And he sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt
offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the LORD.
And Moses took half of
the blood, and put it in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the
And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the
people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be
And Moses took the
blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the
covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.
Then went up Moses, and
Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel:||
(24:9-11) Moses, Aaron, and seventy of
their companions saw God. (They even got a peek at his feet!) How could this have happened if no one has ever seen God?|
Can God be seen?
(24:9) " Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel:"
(24:10) " And they saw the God of Israel: and ... under his feet ... a sapphire stone."
(24:11) "They saw God."
The Golden Calf
And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone,
and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.
And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also
they saw God, and did eat and drink.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there:
and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I
have written; that thou mayest teach them.
And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the
mount of God.
And he said unto the elders, Tarry ye here for us, until we come again
unto you: and, behold, Aaron and Hur are with you: if any man have any
matters to do, let him come unto them.
And Moses went up into the mount, and a cloud covered the mount.
And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it
six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the
And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top
of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.||
And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount:
and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.||
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- The Bible Slam
- Exodus 24
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- How Exodus Is Like The Godfather