reported by BNP via Leviticus Today
The new system of laws for our recently established Hebrew nation may possibly not be so new. While many citizens may be more familiar with Egyptian religions, some notable records have been preserved with historical accounts of beliefs and sacrifices. There are even cases of these types of sacrifices and devotion to our One Creator God having been previously espoused by people in various locations around the world, in spite of the lack of popularity within their given communities.
Some of this information was obtained from eye-witness encounters with some very old people. Even though age spans are currently around 100 years in length, as recently as 500 hundred years ago, there was still a man alive, Shem Noahson, who lived through the well known global flood.
Before Mr. Noahson died, at the age of 600, it is possible the father of our nation, Abraham Hebrew, may have spoken with him. The aged man’s father is known to have engaged in the same sort of worship of our God that Moses Hatshepsutson is telling us about.
The required sacrifices are much more straightforward than what we saw in Egypt. More importantly, there are not special powers or status given to the priest. And no deification of leaders allowed. It appears they are just as guilty as the rest of us. Much cleaning is involved in all of it, even affecting personal daily habits, which is making the job of mothers easier or harder, depending on how you look at it.
The stipulation that all sacrifices, other than the previously explained Passover sacrifice, be performed at the one, pre-approved location is offset by the allowances made for poorer citizens. There has already been much appreciation expressed that the less fortunate will only be needing to offer sacrifices that they can afford. Once the prescribed sacrifice is offered, no other payment is to be asked for by the priest.
Some citizens may miss the religious culture of the Egyptians, but it can’t be due to any peace or health it brought. The multiple gods, including dead ancestors, raise good questions about which god there was ultimately in charge, something the priests of the various gods argued about regularly. There is no peace for the average citizens with that going on, unless they just ignore it. The apparently not-so-new Hebrew way of worshipping shows much promise for being predictable and for being of benefit to all.
(for further information see Leviticus 1 – 9)