The Bible Slam: Numbers Chapter 25

The "inerrant" word of the God returns from cute talking donkeys and songs of praise for Israel to barbaric practices, plagues and murder in Numbers Chapter 25.

The men go a whoring with the Moabite women and in doing so, join the women in worshiping another god.  Yahweh and Moses are furious.  God tells Moses to have all the ringleaders beheaded and to hang their heads toward the sun.  Yahweh inflicts a plague upon the people of Israel.

As people are dying, a man sees another Israelite with a foreign woman and kills them both.  God is pleased with this and rewards the murderer, whose name was Phinehas, with a priesthood position and stops the plague.

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Discussion Points.

The sixth commandment, "Thou shalt not kill," is apparently waived if one murders because God is angry. Phinehas and his offspring are rewarded with eternal priesthood.

24,000 people are killed in the plague because of the actions of a few.  The God-inspired death count, per Steve Wells' tallies, is now up to 31,435,181 as of the conclusion of Numbers 25. The bible, so far, is dark, negative and gloomy.  It is void of joy or inspiration.  Rather, it is a fantastic story of a jealous, maniacal deity that delights in blood and death, demanding blind obedience and sacrifice.

Numbers 25 concludes with God's command to Moses,

25:17 Vex the Midianites, and smite them:

25:18 For they vex you with their wiles, wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian, their sister, which was slain in the day of the plague for Peor's sake.

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