Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Moses not eating or drinking for 40 days (Deutoronomy 9:8-9)

Moses was with God for 40 days and 40 nights to receive the 1st tablets after being provoked at Horeb (don't remember what the sin was there. Was that the quail the demanded? ) and the 2nd tablets after the sin of the Golden Calf.  And in both cases Moses did not eat or drink for 40 days. It seems part of the reason Moses was up there for 40 days and 40 nights was because the Jewish people sinned and to get forgiveness for the sins. It is interesting because in general the Jewish religion is not about fasting and there are less fast days then other religions. In Islam they don't eat during the day for 30 days during Ramadan and in Christianity during lent they don't eat in the morning for 30 days I think. Judaism though at least biblical Judaism fasting is not something God demands other then Yom Kippur. For Moses to do this for 40 days is pretty amazing but he wasn't doing it so he can think he was holier then the next person. He was doing to try to gain forgiveness for his people for their sins. And since he was focused on that he didn't focus on his own eating and drinking. I does seem though the purpose was NOT BECAUSE OF SOME EXPLANATION FOR THE TORAH but because his people sinned as Moses clearly states if you read Deutoronomy Chapter 9 that he had to be up there because of sins of the Jewish people and he was trying to get forgiveness for their sins.

This is somewhat relevant as during the 6th month to the 10th day of the 7th month which is Yom Kippur Jews focus more on asking for forgiveness for their sins  although it should be for real sins and not just some mumbo jumbo. More to come during the week. Have a good week everyone!!


SouthernBelle Rivky said...

Mr. Adam is soooo thoughtful sending me little email note....hehehe...don't really have much to add for this week. I did do some research.

Thanks to Mr. Adam I did learn that Mt. Horeb and Mt. Sinai are believed by many to be same place. See how educational Mr. Adam is :)

SouthernBelle Rivky said...

Oh, I'm sort of confused by this quail business!!!! First I thought you meant the word quell. I'm now thinking Mr. Adam meant rock and well incident. This happened a short time before going up to receive first tablets. This would fit in line with rest of idea on forgiveness and atonement.

Though I did look up quails. Exodus 16:13 has a little bit with the manna. But that happened a while earlier.

Have you ever eaten quail?? I don't think I have. Bet it would take like chicken...hahahaha

Analytical Adam said...

I am guessing that is when they complained of not having water. This was an earlier then the other time after Miriam died and they also didn't have water and Moses and Aaron hit the rock instead of speaking to the rock. Although compared to the sin of the Golden Calf or the quail it seems to be somewhat of a lesser sin.