Deuteronomy 18: Priests on welfare…
Deuteronomy: Part 18 of 34
Offerings for Priests and Levites
1 The Levitical priests—indeed, the whole tribe of Levi—are to have no allotment or inheritance with Israel. They shall live on the food offerings presented to the LORD, for that is their inheritance.
They won’t have one because they’ve got one. Logic isn’t one of your strong suits is it?
2 They shall have no inheritance among their fellow Israelites; the LORD is their inheritance, as he promised them.
You’re just making yourself look silly.
3 This is the share due the priests from the people who sacrifice a bull or a sheep: the shoulder, the internal organs and the meat from the head.
What is it that they do to justify free food and lodgings?
4 You are to give them the firstfruits of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the first wool from the shearing of your sheep,
5 for the LORD your God has chosen them and their descendants out of all your tribes to stand and minister in the LORD’s name always.
It isn’t just the Levites who are doing that job now though. Why haven’t you done something about that?
6 If a Levite moves from one of your towns anywhere in Israel where he is living, and comes in all earnestness to the place the LORD will choose,
7 he may minister in the name of the LORD his God like all his fellow Levites who serve there in the presence of the LORD.
It’s kind of like getting all your dole bludgers living in one area so you can keep your eye on them.
8 He is to share equally in their benefits, even though he has received money from the sale of family possessions.
Priests sure do get special treatment in this book.
9 When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there.
10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,
You sacrificed children. You practice sorcery with all your ‘miracles’. You and Aaron interpret omens for God to your people. You can’t call the staff and parting of the waters anything but witchcraft. It’s all hocus pocus, smoke and mirrors.
11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.
This is just all stuff you do yourself.
12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.
Aha, God is a self hater!
13 You must be blameless before the LORD your God.
Anyone who follows God cannot be held to be blameless. They must take on a share of the blame for all actions of God’s, yours and theirs.
14 The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.
Yes he has. He had your people listen to Aaron and you who have both practiced sorcery. Just because it is done by God through you does not make it any less ‘magical’.
15 The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.
16 For this is what you asked of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the LORD our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.”
17 The LORD said to me: “What they say is good.
18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him.
19 I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name.
20 But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.”
21 You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?”
Anything attributed to God was not spoken by God. He’s a myth, so it couldn’t be true.
22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.
We’ll be waiting a long time for anything the bible says to come true then. It hasn’t happened yet.