Sunday, 16 April 2017
The Bible: A Very Grim Fairytale: Numbers: Chapter 2 - Where to Pitch Your Tent
God, it seems, is a pedant. He likes things done just so. He is very prescriptive. We have just had 27 chapters of Leviticus in which he told his chosen people how to do all kinds of things from worshipping him and building his place of worship, the Tabernacle, to what to do if they had a nasty infection. Numbers starts in the same vein. It does not make for light or entertaining reading.
In the last chapter God called for a census in which he ended up with an impossible and absurd number of people in his chosen tribe. Now he started appointing them to roles and telling them where to sleep. Seriously.
God wanted his Tabernacle at the centre of the camp and he wanted his people to sleep around that camp in designated positions according to which tribe they were in. They were told where they should pitch their tents to the north, south, east or west of the Tabernacle.
This whole chapter goes into very boring detail about these positions and their numbers and who were their leaders. This is all completely impossible and totally fictitious. Just think someone actually sat down and made all of this stuff up. Why? Well so that people would believe it is all true and historical. It isn't.