Thursday, December 20, 2012

My Axioms and My Methods


A Little Bit About The Promised Land

There is no such thing in the Pentateuch as "the Land of Israel". There is only The Land of Canaan (literally - Humiliated Land or the Land of Humiliated-ones; i.e Ex 13:11). This is a very important fact that few people are aware of due to misinterpretation of the original Hebrew text and partly due to the rabbinic tradition and the existence of the so-called "state of Israel".

The reason why the Promised Land is not called "the Land of Israel" is outlined in the Pentateuch, particularly in the book of Deuteronomy (i.e Deut 7:1). The Pentateuch describes that this was the land that was specifically given to the seven nations: Hittites (lit. the terrorizing-ones), Girgashites (lit. the enraged-ones), Amorites (lit. the boasting-ones), Canaanites (lit. humiliated-ones, in whose "honor" the land was named), Perizzites (lit. villagers), Hivites (lit. encampers) and Jebusites (lit. trodden-ones), the nations (or people) that according to Deut 7:6-8 and Lev 18:24-28 were very numerous yet very very sinful. They were specifically put there by God to sort of "protect" the land from the Hebrews if they would not observe the Laws of the Pentateuch and if they would not want to live by the Laws of the Pentateuch (i.e Leviticus 18:3-4 and Deut 28:63). Creation of the State of Israel effectively restored all of these 7 Canaanite nations, who now pretty much occupy the promised land.

This is why it is very important to understand that the only way there can be peace and prosperity in the Land of Canaan is if the Hebrews (which includes the Jews - descendants of the Hebrew tribe of Judah) would live by the Pentateuch. Not by some form of democracy or some man-made constitution, not by rabbinical or any other form of Judaism, not by the Oral Tradition aka Talmud, but ONLY by the Pentateuch and nothing else. After all, the word "Hebrews" means "the ones that crossed over (to God)", which means that these are the people who have chosen to serve God, do good and not evil, and live according to the Pentateuch. Because only such good and righteous people (Hebrews) who live by the highest and strictest morals and values (the Pentateuch) can conquer and subdue the land that God Himself has called humiliated (Canaan). Only then God will grant His blessings and protection to the Hebrews, and peace will spread throughout the Land. Besides, the only claim that Hebrews (which also includes the Jews) have over the Land of Canaan is the Pentateuch, but ONLY on a strict condition that they will observe and live by all the Laws outlined in the Pentateuch, and Pentateuch alone.

You may be asking yourself what does it have to do with the Tabernacle? The answer is simple. According to the Pentateuch, Numbers 18:20-24, Numbers 18:31, e.t.c, the Levites were to serve at The Tabernacle forever. In other words, The Tabernacle, as I have pointed out this many times before, was the only permanent and acceptable sanctuary of God and His presence, even though from an architectural perspective the Tabernacle was a mobile and temporary structure (location-wise). The Tabernacle must be restored, the Levitical priesthood must be restored and the Levites must serve there forever as it was outlined in the Pentateuch. They could, perhaps, also serve in the Temple as well, but their primary abode must be in the Tabernacle - a movable and mobile sanctuary of God's presence.

This is why it is important to understand that The Tabernacle needs to be present in the Land of Canaan, the Levitical service needs to be restored, as this is one of the major requirements for the fulfillment of the God's commandments outlined in the Pentateuch.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

There Was No Such Thing as The Sacrifices in The Tabernacle

One important point that I have not really made so far was that there were no sacrifices in the Tabernacle. Yes, this is right. The idea that any animal was "sacrificed" on the Altar of Burnt Offering is simply a colloquial mistranslation and misunderstanding of the original Hebrew text. 

All animals killings at the Tabernacle site bore strictly practical and specific purpose, thus making it a glorified animal slaughter rather than the "sacrifice" (in the proper understanding of this word). So the proper translation of the word "זבח" (zevach) should be something along the lines of "offering" or "slaughter", rather than "sacrifice" as, the word sacrifice usually implies complete "waste" of the victim in favor of some God. 

However, in the case of the Pentateuch and the Tabernacle, the "sacrifices" were purely ritualistic as most of the edible meat of the animal would go to the Levites (i.e Numbers 18). In fact, there is an explicit reference in the Pentateuch when the animal was burnt without any practical purpose, which produced anger from Moses (Leviticus 10:16-20). 

Even in the explicit cases, where the animal was indeed completely burnt (i.e Red Heifer, Numbers 19:5-6), it was still done for practical purposes. In this case, its ashes were utilized to produce what I believe to be either soap or a soapy water, as animal ashes are rich in fat and can be easily used to produce soap (Numbers 19:9)

So as you can see, the Tabernacle and its practices bore practical and specific purposes. Nothing was wasted and nothing was done in vain, as compared to other religions, especially the pagan ones. Everything in the Tabernacle, in this case the "sacrifices" were done primarily to feed the Levites as a reward for their services at the Tabernacle and for the congregation of the Hebrews.

And last, but not least, I would like to again to point out that there was no ramp leading to the Altar of Burnt Offerings in the Tabernacle. As you can see from the image below, the Altar was 3 cubit high in total (this includes the Copper Grate), which was the perfect height to operate the Altar.

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