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Genesis through Exodus

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

At the moment I am being very good about listening to the Old Testament. I made it through Genesis, Exodus and part of Leviticus. Genesis is an amazing book of scripture. Once you get past all of the begats, the stories told there are really a staple of religious teaching. I particularly love the story of Joseph. It is really inspiring.

Now Exodus is another matter. It's pretty good with the plagues and such as the Israelites are trying to leave Egypt. However, once you get to Chapter 21 and beyond, it's a bit boring. The movie (The Ten Commandments) made it look a whole lot more interesting and quick. You think Moses just went to get the tablets with the 10 Commandments. No, he got a whole lot more information. It wasn't just the Lord cutting out the tablets and then Moses walking down the mountain with them. The commandments are given in Chapter 20 and Moses doesn't get them until Chapter 31. You ask what is in chapters 21 to 31? An explanation of the commandments and a detailed description of the tabernacle and the offering made there.

The offering and descriptions of how to diagnose Leprosy start out Leviticus. Not real good listening. It makes me wonder how I am going to make it through Numbers.


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