Gilbert House Fellowship #285: Exodus 29-31

THE RULES for consecrating the Aaronic priesthood were very specific, and many of those rules were a repudiation of rituals the pagan neighbors of ancient Israel practices for their gods.

We discuss the purposed of the blood shed by the bulls and rams sacrificed during the ritual, the reasons for burning their livers and kidneys, and the restricted use of holy anointing oil. (In other words, we shouldn’t use the recipe in Exodus 30 to make our own.)

We also follow a rabbit trail back to our discussion of the Ark of the Testimony two weeks ago and its possible origin along the lines of an Egyptian sacred bark. We note the connection between the ark, the sacred boats of the Mesopotamian gods, and the pagan belief that the Amorite moon-god Sîn and the Egyptian sun-god Re (or Ra) traveled across the sky in cosmic boats.

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  1. Derek, when are coming back to Sanger California? Or better yet when will you be coming to Franklin [Nashville is close enough] Tennessee?

  2. Exodus 30:36 the oil that was beaten before being offered represented Christ, the anointed one, who was beaten.
    Exodus 30:37-38 The oil was not to be imitated.

  3. the email link doesn’t provide a link to the actual programme “3 Responses to Gilbert House Fellowship #285: Exodus 29-31” that I can find,
    Usually the player is embedded into the web page but it doesn’t appear on this page..
    though it is on my subs on youtube so I can still watch it —- don’t like youtube due to Googles’s antics lately.

  4. Hello, I need your help. One of our chaplains has asked me a question that I’m having difficulty finding answer. She’s asked what does Jesus do with illness when he has healed us? as in, does he send it to hell?… I’m stumped. I know what I want to assume is correct, however, have you come across anything that is specific?

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      Hi, Dawn: Our apologies for our slow reply! I only just now saw your note. We are honored that you would ask.

      Sadly, we can’t think of any specific reference in scripture. If the illness in question is demonic, then it was cast out of the “patient” but probably not into Hell. The Book of 1 Enoch records that demons, the spirits of the Nephilim destroyed in the Flood, were condemned to wander the earth until the judgment.

      That was the understanding of the early church fathers; nearly every writing by church theologians for the first 400 years of the faith traced demons back to Genesis 6:1-4. And they agreed with Enoch—they’ll be with us until Armageddon.

  5. Most illness’ are caused by sin, only a very, very small amount is the result of demonic possession. Like an apple that slowly goes bad, only a few apples go bad because of maggots. Try leaving a perfectly good apple on the windowsill. The bad can be related to sin.

    When Jesus said to ailing ones “Your sins are forgiven” tells us that illness is the result of sin , it is like he cured the rottenness of the apple (no pun intended).
    Where does the rottenness go?
    That is like asking where does the light go when you blow out a candle.

    The badness of the apple doesn’t go anywhere. It simply recovers vitality. Same with illness. It doesn’t go anywhere. Jesus simply relights the candle so to speak.

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