Ritual prescribed in the bible

I have been on the quest for “bridging the gaps” longer than I can remember. I do know, It chose me more than I chose it. I had plans to be much more like sheeple and go along to get along. The Universe had other plans. It is not always an easy road. But when things like this fall into my lap, I can’t shake the urge to grab my tambourine (actually its an agogo) and dance.

Below are a few verses of chapter fourteen of the Book of Leviticus. The Lord is telling Moses and Aaron how the Priest will heal the client, the dis-ease, the house and ultimately, the community. What The Lord says is to be done, is what I know as Ritual.

Now, the Christian will say, “ignore this part of the bible for we are in the new testaments, where Jesus paid it all.” But of the traditionalist we say, “exhibit number one -that what we do is NOT witchery and sorcery. It is not magic nor idol worship, nor any of those other insidious accusations. There are more examples of The Traditions spelled out in the Old Testaments. No surprises there. They say, ‘move pass there; we have evolved’. Yet, it is the original way to talk to God…to know The Lord.

We are not asking our Christian family to change their beliefs. We accept them as they are. We ask them to reciprocate the respect and accept us as we are. Look at us as the descendants of the old testaments if that helps to start the process. One more thing, considering “Hell” will be filled with christians too, perhaps we can put energy into building Character, living in Love for Humanity and Earth, and building meaningful relationships instead of focusing on “Salvation”. It may make those family-Christmas-dinners more inviting, or even tolerable:)

Leviticus 14-

14.The priest is to take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, on the thumb of their right hand and on the big toe of their right foot. 15 The priest shall then take some of the log of oil, pour it in the palm of his own left hand, 16 dip his right forefinger into the oil in his palm, and with his finger sprinkle some of it before the Lord seven times. 17 The priest is to put some of the oil remaining in his palm on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, on the thumb of their right hand and on the big toe of their right foot, on top of the blood of the guilt offering. 18 The rest of the oil in his palm the priest shall put on the head of the one to be cleansed and make atonement for them before the Lord.19 “Then the priest is to sacrifice the sin offering and make atonement for the one to be cleansed from their uncleanness.After that, the priest shall slaughter the burnt offering 20 and offer it on the altar, together with the grain offering, and make atonement for them, and they will be clean21 “If, however, they are poor and cannot afford these, they must take one male lamb as a guilt offering to be waved to make atonement for them, together with a tenth of an ephah[e] of the finest flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering, a log of oil, 22 and two doves or two young pigeons,such as they can afford, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering.29 The rest of the oil in his palm the priest shall put on the head of the one to be cleansed, to make atonement for them before the Lord.30 Then he shall sacrifice the doves or the young pigeons, such as the person can afford, 31 one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering, together with the grain offering. In this way the priest will make atonement before the Lord on behalf of the one to be cleansed.”32 These are the regulations for anyone who has a defiling skin disease and who cannot afford the regular offerings for their cleansing.48 “But if the priest comes to examine it and the mold has not spread after the house has been plastered, he shall pronounce the house clean, because the defiling mold is gone. 49 To purify the house he is to take two birds and some cedar wood, scarlet yarn and hyssop. 50 He shall kill one of the birds over fresh water in a clay pot. 51 Then he is to take the cedar wood, the hyssop, the scarlet yarn and the live bird, dip them into the blood of the dead bird and the fresh water, and sprinkle the house seven times. 52 He shall purify the house with the bird’s blood, the fresh water, the live bird, the cedar wood, the hyssop and the scarlet yarn. 53 Then he is to release the live bird in the open fields outside the town. In this way he will make atonement for the house, and it will be clean.”

The verses speak of cleansings, baths, ebo, adimu and other aspects of ritual. I love the mention of clay pots and herbs. It even spoke of ebo riru:) Our work is not done but this does help. Very encouraging for creating a society of tolerance.

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