11 February 2016

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Thursday, 11 February 2016

cold and snowy here.  I woke to nice warm +11 degrees.  All of +14 now, to go to + tonight.  Tomorrow's high predicted for +23 with a low of +6.  Bad enough, right?  Saturday's "high" is  predicted for +7 with a nightly low of -1 degree.  Sunday gets up to +17 with a low of +11 (which is, at least, above zero).  And then it gets comparatively warmer, with the highs above freezing, and the lows in the 20's or high teens.  A comparative improvement, and by Monday we'll be on the last half of February. 
I shoveled half a food of snow this morning, but now it appears I'd done nothing at all.
We''re getting by, but I hate to imagine the heating bill. Dear Wife spent time on phone today with the insurance people.  It seems that one of her issues has only two know meds for. They regard either as unworthy of much coverage, which is bad enough.  The problem is that if we use their in-house pharmacy, the CO-PAY per month is about $270.  If she takes the same prescription to one of the local pharmacies, the ENTIRE cash price is about $60!  And, should she do so, that $60 will not count towards the annual deductible! 
I hate, loathe, and despise the abomination of Obamacare, and have precisely the same attitude towards Every.Single.Worthless.Bum who foisted this monstrosity upon the nation, against the known opposition of the majority of the citizens thereof.  TWANLOC bums, all of them.  Low down no-account lying bums.
No, I am not in a particularly good mood, not at all.

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The Old Testament reading is chapter 13 of Leviticus.


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And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, saying,
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When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a rising, a scab, or bright spot, and it be in the skin of his flesh like the plague of leprosy; then he shall be brought unto Aaron the priest, or unto one of his sons the priests:
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And the priest shall look on the plague in the skin of the flesh: and when the hair in the plague is turned white, and the plague in sight be deeper than the skin of his flesh, it is a plague of leprosy: and the priest shall look on him, and pronounce him unclean.
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If the bright spot be white in the skin of his flesh, and in sight be not deeper than the skin, and the hair thereof be not turned white; then the priest shall shut up him that hath the plague seven days:
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And the priest shall look on him the seventh day: and, behold, if the plague in his sight be at a stay, and the plague spread not in the skin; then the priest shall shut him up seven days more:
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And the priest shall look on him again the seventh day: and, behold, if the plague be somewhat dark, and the plague spread not in the skin, the priest shall pronounce him clean: it is but a scab: and he shall wash his clothes, and be clean.
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But if the scab spread much abroad in the skin, after that he hath been seen of the priest for his cleansing, he shall be seen of the priest again.
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And if the priest see that, behold, the scab spreadeth in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is a leprosy.
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When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought unto the priest;
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And the priest shall see him: and, behold, if the rising be white in the skin, and it have turned the hair white, and there be quick raw flesh in the rising;
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It is an old leprosy in the skin of his flesh, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean, and shall not shut him up: for he is unclean.
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And if a leprosy break out abroad in the skin, and the leprosy cover all the skin of him that hath the plague from his head even to his foot, wheresoever the priest looketh;
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Then the priest shall consider: and, behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague: it is all turned white: he is clean.
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But when raw flesh appeareth in him, he shall be unclean.
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And the priest shall see the raw flesh, and pronounce him to be unclean: for the raw flesh is unclean: it is a leprosy.
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Or if the raw flesh turn again, and be changed unto white, he shall come unto the priest;
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And the priest shall see him: and, behold, if the plague be turned into white; then the priest shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague: he is clean.
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The flesh also, in which, even in the skin thereof, was a boil, and is healed,
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And in the place of the boil there be a white rising, or a bright spot, white, and somewhat reddish, and it be showed to the priest;
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And if, when the priest seeth it, behold, it be in sight lower than the skin, and the hair thereof be turned white; the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is a plague of leprosy broken out of the boil.
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But if the priest look on it, and, behold, there be no white hairs therein, and if it be not lower than the skin, but be somewhat dark; then the priest shall shut him up seven days:
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And if it spread much abroad in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is a plague.
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But if the bright spot stay in his place, and spread not, it is a burning boil; and the priest shall pronounce him clean.
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Or if there be any flesh, in the skin whereof there is a hot burning, and the quick flesh that burneth have a white bright spot, somewhat reddish, or white;
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Then the priest shall look upon it: and, behold, if the hair in the bright spot be turned white, and it be in sight deeper than the skin; it is a leprosy broken out of the burning: wherefore the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is the plague of leprosy.
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But if the priest look on it, and, behold, there be no white hair in the bright spot, and it be no lower than the other skin, but be somewhat dark; then the priest shall shut him up seven days:
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And the priest shall look upon him the seventh day: and if it be spread much abroad in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is the plague of leprosy.
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And if the bright spot stay in his place, and spread not in the skin, but it be somewhat dark; it is a rising of the burning, and the priest shall pronounce him clean: for it is an inflammation of the burning.
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If a man or woman have a plague upon the head or the beard;
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Then the priest shall see the plague: and, behold, if it be in sight deeper than the skin; and there be in it a yellow thin hair; then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is a dry scall, even a leprosy upon the head or beard.
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And if the priest look on the plague of the scall, and, behold, it be not in sight deeper than the skin, and that there is no black hair in it; then the priest shall shut up him that hath the plague of the scall seven days:
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And in the seventh day the priest shall look on the plague: and, behold, if the scall spread not, and there be in it no yellow hair, and the scall be not in sight deeper than the skin;
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He shall be shaven, but the scall shall he not shave; and the priest shall shut up him that hath the scall seven days more:
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And in the seventh day the priest shall look on the scall: and, behold, if the scall be not spread in the skin, nor be in sight deeper than the skin; then the priest shall pronounce him clean: and he shall wash his clothes, and be clean.
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But if the scall spread much in the skin after his cleansing;
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Then the priest shall look on him: and, behold, if the scall be spread in the skin, the priest shall not seek for yellow hair; he is unclean.
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But if the scall be in his sight at a stay, and that there is black hair grown up therein; the scall is healed, he is clean: and the priest shall pronounce him clean.
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If a man also or a woman have in the skin of their flesh bright spots, even white bright spots;
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Then the priest shall look: and, behold, if the bright spots in the skin of their flesh be darkish white; it is a freckled spot that groweth in the skin; he is clean.
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And the man whose hair is fallen off his head, he is bald; yet is he clean.
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And he that hath his hair fallen off from the part of his head toward his face, he is forehead bald: yet is he clean.
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And if there be in the bald head, or bald forehead, a white reddish sore; it is a leprosy sprung up in his bald head, or his bald forehead.
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Then the priest shall look upon it: and, behold, if the rising of the sore be white reddish in his bald head, or in his bald forehead, as the leprosy appeareth in the skin of the flesh;
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He is a leprous man, he is unclean: the priest shall pronounce him utterly unclean; his plague is in his head.
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And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean.
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All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.
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The garment also that the plague of leprosy is in, whether it be a woolen garment, or a linen garment;
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Whether it be in the warp, or woof; of linen, or of woolen; whether in a skin, or in any thing made of skin;
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And if the plague be greenish or reddish in the garment, or in the skin, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin; it is a plague of leprosy, and shall be showed unto the priest:
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And the priest shall look upon the plague, and shut up it that hath the plague seven days:
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And he shall look on the plague on the seventh day: if the plague be spread in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in a skin, or in any work that is made of skin; the plague is a fretting leprosy; it is unclean.
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He shall therefore burn that garment, whether warp or woof, in woolen or in linen, or any thing of skin, wherein the plague is: for it is a fretting leprosy; it shall be burnt in the fire.
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And if the priest shall look, and, behold, the plague be not spread in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin;
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Then the priest shall command that they wash the thing wherein the plague is, and he shall shut it up seven days more:
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And the priest shall look on the plague, after that it is washed: and, behold, if the plague have not changed his color, and the plague be not spread; it is unclean; thou shalt burn it in the fire; it is fret inward, whether it be bare within or without.
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And if the priest look, and, behold, the plague be somewhat dark after the washing of it; then he shall rend it out of the garment, or out of the skin, or out of the warp, or out of the woof:
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And if it appear still in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin; it is a spreading plague: thou shalt burn that wherein the plague is with fire.
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And the garment, either warp, or woof, or whatsoever thing of skin it be, which thou shalt wash, if the plague be departed from them, then it shall be washed the second time, and shall be clean.
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This is the law of the plague of leprosy in a garment of woolen or linen, either in the warp, or woof, or any thing of skins, to pronounce it clean, or to pronounce it unclean.






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Today's New Testament reading is verses 20-54 of Matthew 26.
This is pretty intense.  This begins with the Last Supper, and ends with Jesus taken captive by soldiers.  Just as He said.

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Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
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And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
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And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
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And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
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The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
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Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
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And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
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And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
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For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
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But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
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And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
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Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
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But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
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Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
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Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
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Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
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Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
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And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
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Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
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And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
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And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
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Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
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He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
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And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
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And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
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Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
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Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.
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And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
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Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.
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And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
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And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him.
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And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear.
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Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
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Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
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But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

10 February 2016

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Wednesdy, 10 February 2016

Trying to remind myself that we are now past the 1/3 mark for the month of February and the dates are in single digits.  Spring is only a bit more than a month from now.  But in the meantime, it's snowing outside right now, I just got done shoveling it for the second time today, and put a bit of rock salt down in those area where the combination of frequent use and notorious ice build up make for a dangerous situation.  We've been quite fortunate so far this winter, but this is the week that makes up for that.  This Saturday, the "high" is predicted to be in single digits, with the low around zero.  Next week we're predicted to have at least a few days with the highs above freezing.  A most welcome development.
Dear Wife is suffering from the weather fronts coming through.  She doesn't like real heat, not that it ever gets really hot this close to the "North Coast", but real cold isn't easy on her either.  Chronic pain is hard for her and for me as well.

We had two cats wandering through the house last night, most of the night, yelling back and forth.  I think that there was a feral neighborhood cat, likely a female, and our one un-fixed male cat was responding.  Wife says that this time of year is typical time for the females to go into heat, and that's possibly the issue here.  So I got little sleep.  Could use about 12  hours of it now, but that's not an available option.

Still unwilling to comment on the political hijinks going on.  I have my own opinions, and may get into them at some point, but not today.

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The Old Testament reading is chapters 10, 11, and 12 of Leviticus.  I've been making a point of Moses and the people receiving VERY explicit instructions from the Lord, and frequent appearance of the phrase ".as the Lord commanded Moses"  in the record of their responses.  There is a reason for that.  We begin here with some people, Aaron's sons in fact, deciding to do it "their way".  Didn't work out too well for them.  Might be a useful hint for others, including today.
Next, we get into some of the dietary laws, ones that still hold for today.  They are directed at the Jews, but they're not necessarily a bad idea for everyone.  Dear Wife has some fractional amount of Jewish ancestry.  And she becomes ill if she eats some of those "non-kosher" foods, like shellfish.  Regular fish, the fins and scales, OK.  Clams, mussels, oysters, crab, lobster, crayfish, all the rest, make her ill.
And we get into what I can only refer to as discrimination.  For some reason, that term gets people all upset, they'll shout that discrimination is always wrong, in all circumstances and occasions.  Here, it is commanded -- one shall make a distinction, or discriminate, between the clean and the unclean.  Upsets some.  Well, if you can't make a distinction, otherwise discriminate, between steak and cow manure, I'm not eating at your house.


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And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.
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And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
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Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.
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And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them, Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp.
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So they went near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp; as Moses had said.
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And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons, Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled.
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And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon you. And they did according to the word of Moses.
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And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying,
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Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations:
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And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;
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And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.
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And Moses spake unto Aaron, and unto Eleazar and unto Ithamar, his sons that were left, Take the meat offering that remaineth of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and eat it without leaven beside the altar: for it is most holy:
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And ye shall eat it in the holy place, because it is thy due, and thy sons' due, of the sacrifices of the LORD made by fire: for so I am commanded.
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And the wave breast and heave shoulder shall ye eat in a clean place; thou, and thy sons, and thy daughters with thee: for they be thy due, and thy sons' due, which are given out of the sacrifices of peace offerings of the children of Israel.
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The heave shoulder and the wave breast shall they bring with the offerings made by fire of the fat, to wave it for a wave offering before the LORD; and it shall be thine, and thy sons' with thee, by a statute for ever; as the LORD hath commanded.
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And Moses diligently sought the goat of the sin offering, and, behold, it was burnt: and he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron which were left alive, saying,
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Wherefore have ye not eaten the sin offering in the holy place, seeing it is most holy, and God hath given it you to bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the LORD?
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Behold, the blood of it was not brought in within the holy place: ye should indeed have eaten it in the holy place, as I commanded.
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And Aaron said unto Moses, Behold, this day have they offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the LORD; and such things have befallen me: and if I had eaten the sin offering to day, should it have been accepted in the sight of the LORD?
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And when Moses heard that, he was content.


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And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them,
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Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.
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Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is cloven-footed, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.
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Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
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And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
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And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.
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And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be cloven-footed, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.
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Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcass shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.
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These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.
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And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:
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They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcasses in abomination.
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Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.
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And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray,
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And the vulture, and the kite after his kind;
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Every raven after his kind;
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And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckoo, and the hawk after his kind,
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And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl,
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And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle,
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And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat.
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All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you.
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Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth;
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Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind.
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But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you.
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And for these ye shall be unclean: whosoever toucheth the carcass of them shall be unclean until the even.
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And whosoever beareth ought of the carcass of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.
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The carcasses of every beast which divideth the hoof, and is not cloven-footed, nor cheweth the cud, are unclean unto you: every one that toucheth them shall be unclean.
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And whatsoever goeth upon his paws, among all manner of beasts that go on all four, those are unclean unto you: whoso toucheth their carcass shall be unclean until the even.
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And he that beareth the carcass of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: they are unclean unto you.
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These also shall be unclean unto you among the creeping things that creep upon the earth; the weasel, and the mouse, and the tortoise after his kind,
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And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole.
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These are unclean to you among all that creep: whosoever doth touch them, when they be dead, shall be unclean until the even.
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And upon whatsoever any of them, when they are dead, doth fall, it shall be unclean; whether it be any vessel of wood, or raiment, or skin, or sack, whatsoever vessel it be, wherein any work is done, it must be put into water, and it shall be unclean until the even; so it shall be cleansed.
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And every earthen vessel, whereinto any of them falleth, whatsoever is in it shall be unclean; and ye shall break it.
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Of all meat which may be eaten, that on which such water cometh shall be unclean: and all drink that may be drunk in every such vessel shall be unclean.
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And every thing whereupon any part of their carcass falleth shall be unclean; whether it be oven, or ranges for pots, they shall be broken down: for they are unclean and shall be unclean unto you.
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Nevertheless a fountain or pit, wherein there is plenty of water, shall be clean: but that which toucheth their carcass shall be unclean.
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And if any part of their carcass fall upon any sowing seed which is to be sown, it shall be clean.
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But if any water be put upon the seed, and any part of their carcass fall thereon, it shall be unclean unto you.
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And if any beast, of which ye may eat, die; he that toucheth the carcass thereof shall be unclean until the even.
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And he that eateth of the carcass of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: he also that beareth the carcass of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.
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And every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth shall be an abomination; it shall not be eaten.
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Whatsoever goeth upon the belly, and whatsoever goeth upon all four, or whatsoever hath more feet among all creeping things that creep upon the earth, them ye shall not eat; for they are an abomination.
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Ye shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creepeth, neither shall ye make yourselves unclean with them, that ye should be defiled thereby.
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For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
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For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
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This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth:
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To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.


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And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
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Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean.
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And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.
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And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled.
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But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days.
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And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest:
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Who shall offer it before the LORD, and make an atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood. This is the law for her that hath born a male or a female.
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And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean.




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The New Testament reading is verses 1-19 of the 26th chapter in the Gospel of Matthew.
The recent readings have been recording the teachings of Jesus during the last few days of His earthly ministry, the time we sometimes call "Holy Week".  That time is about to draw to a close.  I really can not imagine how the Apostles felt, years afterward, looking back at this time.  Had to be some of the "if only ..." thoughts going on.

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And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,
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Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
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Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,
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And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him.
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But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.
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Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
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There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
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But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
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For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
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When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
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For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
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For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
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Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
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Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,
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And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
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And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
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Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
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And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.
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And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.

09 February 2016

Today's Readings and Stuff -- Tuesday, 09 February 2016

About 33 degrees here, shortly before noon, so it's downhill from here.  Expecting snow, large amounts of it, and bitter bitter cold the rest of the week.  We have passed the 10 hours of daylight point, more than a week ago, and are up to 10 hours 23 minutes, gaining another 2-1/2 minutes today.  So we're headed in the right direction.  But in these parts, winter comes early, stays late, and is a miserable guest throughout.  We've been through worse, FAR worse (last winter was exceptionally brutal even by local standards), but we were also younger, healthier, and had more resources then.  Now, not so much.
Oh, well.  This too shall pass.

Dear Wife was up in the middle of the night, which she is known to do, and feeling awful.  I was done in and only dimly aware of her movement, which is unusual.  She got bored and couldn't sleep, so she waxed creative and made a pan of cinnamon rolls, and icing, all from scratch.  When the cats woke me at 05:00 for their breakfast, I woke to a wonderful aroma.  I got up, fed them, made coffee for her, had a roll for me.  Then we both went back to bed for a couple more hours.  I got up around 07:45, had coffee, had another roll, and tried to stay quiet for her.  Got a little bit of Bible study in, a bit of quiet contemplation, read some messages and news reports.  Another day.

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The Old Testament reading is chapters 7, 8, 9 of Leviticus.  This is continuing on the issues of the system of worship, the commissioning of the priesthood, the dedication of the Tabernacle, the very Presence of the Lord.  He was setting them on His path, making things very explicit.


1
Likewise this is the law of the trespass offering: it is most holy.
2
In the place where they kill the burnt offering shall they kill the trespass offering: and the blood thereof shall he sprinkle round about upon the altar.
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And he shall offer of it all the fat thereof; the rump, and the fat that covereth the inwards,
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And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul that is above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away:
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And the priest shall burn them upon the altar for an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a trespass offering.
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Every male among the priests shall eat thereof: it shall be eaten in the holy place: it is most holy.
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As the sin offering is, so is the trespass offering: there is one law for them: the priest that maketh atonement therewith shall have it.
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And the priest that offereth any man's burnt offering, even the priest shall have to himself the skin of the burnt offering which he hath offered.
9
And all the meat offering that is baked in the oven, and all that is dressed in the frying pan, and in the pan, shall be the priest's that offereth it.
10
And every meat offering, mingled with oil, and dry, shall all the sons of Aaron have, one as much as another.
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And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer unto the LORD.
12
If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried.
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Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings.
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And of it he shall offer one out of the whole oblation for an heave offering unto the LORD, and it shall be the priest's that sprinkleth the blood of the peace offerings.
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And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day that it is offered; he shall not leave any of it until the morning.
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But if the sacrifice of his offering be a vow, or a voluntary offering, it shall be eaten the same day that he offereth his sacrifice: and on the morrow also the remainder of it shall be eaten:
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But the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burnt with fire.
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And if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings be eaten at all on the third day, it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be imputed unto him that offereth it: it shall be an abomination, and the soul that eateth of it shall bear his iniquity.
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And the flesh that toucheth any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire: and as for the flesh, all that be clean shall eat thereof.
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But the soul that eateth of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, that pertain unto the LORD, having his uncleanness upon him, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.
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Moreover the soul that shall touch any unclean thing, as the uncleanness of man, or any unclean beast, or any abominable unclean thing, and eat of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which pertain unto the LORD, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.
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And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
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Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat.
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And the fat of the beast that dieth of itself, and the fat of that which is torn with beasts, may be used in any other use: but ye shall in no wise eat of it.
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For whosoever eateth the fat of the beast, of which men offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD, even the soul that eateth it shall be cut off from his people.
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Moreover ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings.
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Whatsoever soul it be that eateth any manner of blood, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.
28
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
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Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, He that offereth the sacrifice of his peace offerings unto the LORD shall bring his oblation unto the LORD of the sacrifice of his peace offerings.
30
His own hands shall bring the offerings of the LORD made by fire, the fat with the breast, it shall he bring, that the breast may be waved for a wave offering before the LORD.
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And the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar: but the breast shall be Aaron's and his sons'.
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And the right shoulder shall ye give unto the priest for an heave offering of the sacrifices of your peace offerings.
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He among the sons of Aaron, that offereth the blood of the peace offerings, and the fat, shall have the right shoulder for his part.
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For the wave breast and the heave shoulder have I taken of the children of Israel from off the sacrifices of their peace offerings, and have given them unto Aaron the priest and unto his sons by a statute for ever from among the children of Israel.
35
This is the portion of the anointing of Aaron, and of the anointing of his sons, out of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, in the day when he presented them to minister unto the LORD in the priest's office;
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Which the LORD commanded to be given them of the children of Israel, in the day that he anointed them, by a statute for ever throughout their generations.
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This is the law of the burnt offering, of the meat offering, and of the sin offering, and of the trespass offering, and of the consecrations, and of the sacrifice of the peace offerings;
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Which the LORD commanded Moses in mount Sinai, in the day that he commanded the children of Israel to offer their oblations unto the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai.


1
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
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Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, and the anointing oil, and a bullock for the sin offering, and two rams, and a basket of unleavened bread;
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And gather thou all the congregation together unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
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And Moses did as the LORD commanded him; and the assembly was gathered together unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
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And Moses said unto the congregation, This is the thing which the LORD commanded to be done.
6
And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water.
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And he put upon him the coat, and girded him with the girdle, and clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod upon him, and he girded him with the curious girdle of the ephod, and bound it unto him therewith.
8
And he put the breastplate upon him: also he put in the breastplate the Urim and the Thummim.
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And he put the mitre upon his head; also upon the mitre, even upon his forefront, did he put the golden plate, the holy crown; as the LORD commanded Moses.
10
And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them.
11
And he sprinkled thereof upon the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all his vessels, both the laver and his foot, to sanctify them.
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And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron's head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.
13
And Moses brought Aaron's sons, and put coats upon them, and girded them with girdles, and put bonnets upon them; as the LORD commanded Moses.
14
And he brought the bullock for the sin offering: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the bullock for the sin offering.
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And he slew it; and Moses took the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about with his finger, and purified the altar, and poured the blood at the bottom of the altar, and sanctified it, to make reconciliation upon it.
16
And he took all the fat that was upon the inwards, and the caul above the liver, and the two kidneys, and their fat, and Moses burned it upon the altar.
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But the bullock, and his hide, his flesh, and his dung, he burnt with fire without the camp; as the LORD commanded Moses.
18
And he brought the ram for the burnt offering: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the ram.
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And he killed it; and Moses sprinkled the blood upon the altar round about.
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And he cut the ram into pieces; and Moses burnt the head, and the pieces, and the fat.
21
And he washed the inwards and the legs in water; and Moses burnt the whole ram upon the altar: it was a burnt sacrifice for a sweet savor, and an offering made by fire unto the LORD; as the LORD commanded Moses.
22
And he brought the other ram, the ram of consecration: and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the ram.
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And he slew it; and Moses took of the blood of it, and put it upon the tip of Aaron's right ear, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot.
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And he brought Aaron's sons, and Moses put of the blood upon the tip of their right ear, and upon the thumbs of their right hands, and upon the great toes of their right feet: and Moses sprinkled the blood upon the altar round about.
25
And he took the fat, and the rump, and all the fat that was upon the inwards, and the caul above the liver, and the two kidneys, and their fat, and the right shoulder:
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And out of the basket of unleavened bread, that was before the LORD, he took one unleavened cake, and a cake of oiled bread, and one wafer, and put them on the fat, and upon the right shoulder:
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And he put all upon Aaron's hands, and upon his sons' hands, and waved them for a wave offering before the LORD.
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And Moses took them from off their hands, and burnt them on the altar upon the burnt offering: they were consecrations for a sweet savor: it is an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
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And Moses took the breast, and waved it for a wave offering before the LORD: for of the ram of consecration it was Moses' part; as the LORD commanded Moses.
30
And Moses took of the anointing oil, and of the blood which was upon the altar, and sprinkled it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon his sons' garments with him; and sanctified Aaron, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons' garments with him.
31
And Moses said unto Aaron and to his sons, Boil the flesh at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and there eat it with the bread that is in the basket of consecrations, as I commanded, saying, Aaron and his sons shall eat it.
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And that which remaineth of the flesh and of the bread shall ye burn with fire.
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And ye shall not go out of the door of the tabernacle of the congregation in seven days, until the days of your consecration be at an end: for seven days shall he consecrate you.
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As he hath done this day, so the LORD hath commanded to do, to make an atonement for you.
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Therefore shall ye abide at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation day and night seven days, and keep the charge of the LORD, that ye die not: for so I am commanded.
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So Aaron and his sons did all things which the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.


1
And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel;
2
And he said unto Aaron, Take thee a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the LORD.
3
And unto the children of Israel thou shalt speak, saying, Take ye a kid of the goats for a sin offering; and a calf and a lamb, both of the first year, without blemish, for a burnt offering;
4
Also a bullock and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the LORD; and a meat offering mingled with oil: for to day the LORD will appear unto you.
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And they brought that which Moses commanded before the tabernacle of the congregation: and all the congregation drew near and stood before the LORD.
6
And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commanded that ye should do: and the glory of the LORD shall appear unto you.
7
And Moses said unto Aaron, Go unto the altar, and offer thy sin offering, and thy burnt offering, and make an atonement for thyself, and for the people: and offer the offering of the people, and make an atonement for them; as the LORD commanded.
8
Aaron therefore went unto the altar, and slew the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself.
9
And the sons of Aaron brought the blood unto him: and he dipped his finger in the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar, and poured out the blood at the bottom of the altar:
10
But the fat, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver of the sin offering, he burnt upon the altar; as the LORD commanded Moses.
11
And the flesh and the hide he burnt with fire without the camp.
12
And he slew the burnt offering; and Aaron's sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled round about upon the altar.
13
And they presented the burnt offering unto him, with the pieces thereof, and the head: and he burnt them upon the altar.
14
And he did wash the inwards and the legs, and burnt them upon the burnt offering on the altar.
15
And he brought the people's offering, and took the goat, which was the sin offering for the people, and slew it, and offered it for sin, as the first.
16
And he brought the burnt offering, and offered it according to the manner.
17
And he brought the meat offering, and took an handful thereof, and burnt it upon the altar, beside the burnt sacrifice of the morning.
18
He slew also the bullock and the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings, which was for the people: and Aaron's sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled upon the altar round about,
19
And the fat of the bullock and of the ram, the rump, and that which covereth the inwards, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver:
20
And they put the fat upon the breasts, and he burnt the fat upon the altar:
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And the breasts and the right shoulder Aaron waved for a wave offering before the LORD; as Moses commanded.
22
And Aaron lifted up his hand toward the people, and blessed them, and came down from offering of the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and peace offerings.
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And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people.
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And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.





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The New Testament reading is verses 31-46 of the 25th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew.  Jesus is speaking of the future to His listeners, some of that future in the relatively near future, some of it has yet to occur.
Some of that near future was of the the destruction of Jerusalem.  It is difficult for those of us who are not traditional Jews (which leaves out the secular Jews and most of the so-called "Reform" Jews as well) to understand the gut-level identification that they had, and some still have, to the Temple in Jerusalem, the city of Jerusalem itself, the culture and the land.  It's almost in the DNA.  It was bad enough that Jesus' listeners were living in an occupied land, surrounded (as they still are) by implacable enemies of their nation, faith, and culture.  At least they were still there, and had hope, and could look at the Temple, see the priests, hear the prayers, and maintain a continuity between the past and the present, with hope for the future.  Jesus was telling them that in the not-too-distant future, all that would be gone.  The magnificent Temple destroyed, the nation scattered, death and destruction and misery all around.  All that they clung to, gone.  And yet, hopeless and awful as it would seem, the Lord was not done, and that there would be a future.  That message is worth hearing, and remembering.  I have known utter despair and loss.  I know what it is to be hungry and homeless and cold, with enemies seeking me, and "good people" refusing to acknowledge my very existence.  And at other times, even though knowing the Lord, have known terrible loss.  Yet my Redeemer liveth, and His word is still there, His promises are good.  Jesus told them, and us, that our security and happiness is not in our circumstances, but in Him.  That has not changed, and will not.
And in the meantime, we are still to carry out the Lord's mission, to be His people in this world, and to live as He would have us to do.  No matter what.


31
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
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And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
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Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
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Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
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Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
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For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
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I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45
Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.