Moses – Patriarch and Religious Con Artist!
Did you know that Moses and his family are responsible for one of the biggest religious scams ever recorded in history? Moses was the brains and his brother Aaron, the better “orator”, was the spokesman. You need a good salesman, when you want people to believe in you while you rob them blind, and Aaron was perfect for the job. Plus, it makes it easier to scam people with the help of family. Allow me to explain.
We’ll begin after Moses and “the chosen” are getting ready to leave their bondage and began their 40 year trek looking for the “promised land” which, incidentally, Moses never got to see. Moses wasted no time in showing what he was really after. He didn’t just up and leave – thankful for the opportunity. Moses wanted wealth…and lots of it. This is what the bible says happened just before Moses left:
Exodus 12:35 “And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: 36 And the Lord gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.”
Moses and the chosen people have just committed grand larceny by stealing everyone’s wealth under the guise of borrowing it. And not only that, God actually helped him do it! It says that God made the Jews favorable in the sight of the Egyptian’s. They were made to like the Jews by God himself! So they gave them all their precious jewels which, of course, were never returned. Moses loaded himself up with massive wealth prior to departure.
Moses finally left and continued on day after day, and year after year, for forty years. The chosen people were getting restless and started to question Moses about his divine guidance. How do you appease hundreds of thousands of people who trusted you and followed you into the desert? You can have your God do miraculous things. And if he doesn’t, then you can just do them yourself.
The second incident of Moses scheme for power and wealth comes the very first time Moses decides to visit God on Mt. Sinai. God supposedly gives Moses dictates for his people and decides that humans need the priesthood to teach us how to worship. Moses is to assign the title of priest to those that he feels are worthy of it and, of course, Moses picks his brother Aaron and his sons.
You also need privacy when you are planning your scam. And by coincidence, that is yet another thing that God wants Moses to tell everyone. Yes – God likes his privacy. God wants everyone to know that Mt Sinai is holy and no one else can come near it – especially when Moses is there talking to him. There would be immediate and severe punishment for those that did not heed this warning. This edict was repeated many times.
Moses has many discussions with God. Here is one discussion that I want you to pay particular attention to – in Exodus 20:23 “Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold. 24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. 25 And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it”.
God is very explicit here. He wants an altar but nothing more than a simple altar made of ordinary rocks. He doesn’t even want the rocks chiseled in any way. They must ONLY be original and plain rocks. Plus there is to be no gold or silver either. That’s what an altar is to be from now on. God has spoken and his word is everlasting!
Eventually Moses goes up Mt. Sinai again and this time spends 40 days and nights there talking to God. God gives Moses the tablets with the 10 Commandments while he’s there. Then Moses returns to his people with the tablets and TOTALLY DIFFERENT INSTRUCTIONS ON ALTAR CONSTRUCTION! It’s a bit complex but Moses did have 40 days and nights to come up with his big con. I’ll show you what Moses was really working on and it had nothing to do with a deity.
Go to Exodus 25 and then continue on from there into Leviticus. You’ll see what “God” suddenly wants Moses to do. He wants Moses to encourage people to “voluntarily” give God their gold, silver, brass, fine linen, oils and spices, etc., etc. They are also to make an Ark of gold to be placed in a fancy tabernacle that will be adorned with the finest woods, gold, silver, and brass. Only the very best linens are to be used for curtains. And all the contents inside the tabernacle are to be adorned with gold, silver, jewels, and brass.
Aaron and his sons are made the priests of this tabernacle. The people are ordered to make Aaron and his sons the finest priestly garb covered with gold and precious jewels. They are also told to bring their best meat and bread as offerings for God and to feed Aaron and his sons – and Moses too.
What happened to the small, plain, rock altar? God was specific about how an altar should look and was very specific in telling everyone that no gold is to be used when worshipping God. Yet, here we have Moses and Aaron now telling the people that God wants gold, and silver, and brass, and fine linens. And God has also dictated that the people shall feed the priests with the choicest of meats and breads.
Moses spent 40 days and nights talking to God. Then Moses came down from Mt Sinai with specific instructions of what was to be done according to God’s dictates. The problem is that God contradicts himself here. God first says to keep it plain and simple in Exodus 20:23 and then decides, a very short time later in Exodus 25, he wants all the pomp and circumstance instead. And this all happened after Moses “spoke” to God, all alone, for 40 days and nights.
Not only did Moses convince everyone to give him and Aaron all their gold, silver, jewels, etc., etc., they also convinced everyone that God needed money too! Yes, Moses started mandatory cash tithing. Moses said that God needs shekels – lots of shekels! What did they need shekels for? To purchase precious oils and spices so they could anoint the tabernacle…and Aaron and his sons. It’s hard work being a priest.
Moses and Aaron went from a pile of rocks to a grand golden temple. They went from feeding themselves off the land to being served the best foods. They went from ordinary tattered clothes to clothes made from gold, jewels, and fine linens. They even resided in a tabernacle made with gold, silver, brass, jewels, and the finest wood and linens. And they collected lots of money which they spent on precious oils and spices to soothe them and for anything else that appeased them.
It took Moses 40 days and nights to come up with this plan – this grand scheme. You don’t really believe that God would need 40 days and nights to discuss the 10 Commandments with Moses do you? Moses needed that time to develop concise plans for his tabernacle, the new priesthood, and for tithing, which would all be controlled by, and benefit, ONLY Moses and his family.
Moses and his heirs continued this scam for many years. And there you have a religious scam which is still being perpetrated to this day by televangelists. It is said that the quickest way to riches is politics…or religion. They’re right in both cases!