Chapters 30 and 31
Exodus 30: 11-16. And so it starts. The people are manipulated into giving money to the priests in order to ‘get right’ with the Lord. It’s a Flat Tax – no exceptions made for those who were less fortunate. What use does god have for money? And who really got it? hahahaha – guess! This is similar to putting cookies and milk out for Santa. Except that most kids grow up and eventually realize that it’s really Dad who is eating them.
Verse 25 provides some interesting translation issues, so I looked at the direct Hebrew-English. “And when Moses saw that the people were broken loose–for Aaron had let them loose for a derision among their enemies—“. However, the KJV translates this as “And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies)”. What the heck? Who said anything about nakedness? More recent translations have eliminated the nakedness – “Moses saw that Aaron had let the people get completely out of control, much to the amusement of their enemies.” (NLT) and “Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies.” (NIV)
In 32:29 Moses tells the Levites, “Today you have ordained yourselves for the service of the Lord, for you obeyed him even though it meant killing your own sons and brothers. Today you have earned a blessing.” (NLT) Nice work! I guess that to be on the Lord’s side you have to be willing to kill your own family. (Isn’t there a hymn about that?)