Back home from my vacation. Summer classes start tomorrow. I kinda feel like I need a vacation between my vacation and classes…
Chapter 26- God describes what he will do for the people if they follow him, and what horrible things will happen if they don’t.
God makes it pretty clear here that things will go well for the people who follow his commands, and shit will hit the fan for the people who don’t. So why do good things happen to bad people, and bad things happen to good people? The crops grow bountifully for those who love God just as they do for the ones who don’t. When crops fail, they fail regardless of religious affiliation. Disease, death, starvation- they can happen to anyone, following the same patterns you would expect if the world functions naturally, without a god intervening.
Also, God is a dick. “I will appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of the heart.” (16) “I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number; and your highways shall be desolate.” (22) “You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters.” (29) Why does he so enjoy inflicting awful consequences on the innocent children of those who don’t follow him?
This passage would seem to indicate that Pat Robertson and Bill O’Reilly are right when they claim that tornadoes, earthquakes, terror attacks, etc are punishments from God for our sins. It’s a shame that God has such poor aim, though- sending tornadoes to Oklahoma as punishment for the homosexuals who live in California, and tsunamis to Japan in exchange for the growing godlessness in the United States.
Passages like this (and the people like Robertson who embrace them) also lead to victim blaming. Clearly, if something bad happens to you, it’s your own fault. You didn’t fall on hard times by chance; it was because you’ve done something to deserve it.
I don’t buy that for a second, but that’s what the bible would have you think.
Chapter 27- This chapter is something about the valuation of things that have been dedicated and redeemed.
I have no idea what it means to dedicate something. At first I thought it meant to dedicate something to God, or to give it to the priests to use for their holy purposes. But near the end of the chapter, God gives different rules for things that have been “dedicated” and things that are devoted to the Lord. So….*shrug*
If the thing you dedicate is a person, you can redeem it for a certain amount of money depending on the gender and age of the person.
Age 1 month-5 years:
Male: 5 shekels
Female: 3 shekels
Age 5 years- 20 years:
Male: 20 shekels
Female: 10 shekels
Age 20 years-60 years:
Male: 50 shekels
Female: 30 shekels
Male: 15 shekels
Female: 10 shekels
Yet again, we see that women are worth less to God. It seems that we ladies should count our blessings that we earn approximately 77 cents to a man’s 1 dollar. God seems to think we’re only 50-66% as valuable as men. I’m getting really tired of the Bible telling me that I’m less important and less valuable!