Weird Wednesday addendum: God eats?


‘No man of your offspring throughout their generations who has a defect shall approach to offer the food of his God.

Uh… What?

No, really… what?

Okay, I did not see this before.

I mean, I’m reminded of the pagan custom cited elsewhere in the bible of people offering food to idols. So did the ancient Hebrews see God as a being that needed to eat food in the form of the offerings and sacrifices they made to Him?

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3 thoughts on “Weird Wednesday addendum: God eats?

  1. justmrss

    If you look in Genesis, the story of Lot, God appears with two angels. He appears in human form, and the Bible refers to them at first as “visitors” to Abraham. He rushes to his wife when he sees them and tells her to prepare a meal. All three of them sit and eat the meal, including God in human form. So, while “regular” offerings weren’t literally or physically eaten by God, we do have evidence that He did eat at least one offering (because that’s what the prepared food from Abraham’s house was, an offering to them).

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    1. comradedread Post author

      True, but by the time Exodus and Leviticus roll around, God has been mostly absent from the Jewish experience and has only recently supposedly shown up as an unseen force dispensing plagues and then a pillar of smoke and fire and then lightnings and earthquakes atop a mountain.

      So I do wonder if the concept of offering food to God was a holdover from more pagan thoughts about gods and their various needs.

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      1. justmrss

        That could very well be the case. The further you get from the flood, the more people drift away from God. Just as God never condones polygamy but people did it anyways until God specifically has to tell them not to. Same concept, different action.

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