Exodus 25-27

Well folks, we’ve officially entered a really boring part of the bible.

Chapter 25- God speaks to Moses and tells him to have the people give offerings of precious metals, fine fabrics, oils, spices, etc. Then God give the specifications for building the ark of the covenant, the tables, candle sticks and dishes for the tabernacle.

Verse 18 “And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work you shall make them at the two ends of the mercy seat.”  But, but, but…Exodus 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image- any likeness of anything that is in have above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”

Are these cherubim acceptable because they’re hammered instead of carved? That seems like a convenient loophole that basically renders the commandment against graven images pointless… Or, is God allowed to break his own rules?

Chapter 26- Instructions for building the tabernacle.

Verse 2, “The length of each curtain shall be twenty-eight cubits, and the width of each curtain for cubits.”
Remember back in Genesis 7:20 when the global flood was only 15 cubits deep? Now they’re supposed to build curtains that are taller than the flood was deep? Something’s fishy about one of those measurements.

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Chapter 27- Instructions for building an alter and the courtyard that will be around the tabernacle. Aaron’s family is instructed to be the caretakers of the tabernacle.

Nothing interesting to say about this chapter…seriously dull stuff here.

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One Response to Exodus 25-27

  1. The answer to your question is explicit in the text itself. The prohibition is to make 3D images “for yourself”, whereas the sculptures on top of the ark (what in God’s name is a mercy seat?? It’s a Christian term that was completely made-up. It is not a translation of the actual word) are commanded by God for His ark wherein His teachings and laws are kept. The prohibition is so that people will not come to worship them as being deities, themselves. This concern doesn’t exist when the sculptures are made for a specific purpose of serving God.

    Why do you ask if God can break his own rules? That is not an appropriate question, as God isn’t the own breaking the rules. He is commanding those same specific people who were commanded not to make such images, that this prohibition doesn’t apply in this circumstance.

    If you tell your child that he isn’t allowed to go outside and play. Then you later tell them to go outside and mow the lawn, are you breaking your own rule? Of course not. You are telling someone else that the previous rule doesn’t apply in this case.

    Question: I take it that you are not Jewish. So why is your blog about critiquing the sacred teachings of a nation of which you are a part? Yes, I know Christianity has just simply/brazenly walked up to the Jewish Nation and said, “Your books and teachings are no longer yours. They’re ours. Stolen and annexed. Thank you.” And thus they consider them their own. The audacity of such brazen gall is mind boggling, nonetheless, since you are not a believer, thus not a Christian, why do you go along with this arrogant act of national robbery that you address this to Christians and not those who actually study these teachings (the Nation of Israel, i.e. Jews)?

    Respectfully,
    Brent

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