BREAKING BIBLICAL NEW! We’re awesome pastors telling people it’s ok to say shit and naming our church F.A.R.T.S.! The orthodox will definitely hate us, but everyone else will love us… but it was the orthodox Jews (the Pharisees) who hated, persecuted, and had Jesus killed! So we’re good.
According to CARD TALK at a Game for Good Christians on the Theology of Swearing: Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Malachi utilize the Hebrew word – פֶּרֶשׁ – peresh – which means “dung” or “shit” six times in the Bible (the first five appear in the Torah.)
Malachi 2:1-9 — And now, O priests, this command is for you. If you will not listen, if you will not lay it to heart to give glory to my name, says the Lord of hosts, then I will send the curse on you and I will curse your blessings; indeed I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart. I will rebuke your offspring, and spread dung (peresh) on your faces, the dung (peresh) of your offerings, and I will put you out of my presence.
Know, then, that I have sent this command to you, that my covenant with Levi may hold, says the Lord of hosts. My covenant with him was a covenant of life and well-being, which I gave him; this called for reverence, and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. True instruction was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in integrity and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity. For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.
But you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble by your instruction; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the Lord of hosts, and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you have not kept my ways but have shown partiality in your instruction.
In other words, if you are a priest, and you piss of God (if we can say shit, piss is probably ok too) by turning away from his eternal life giving covenant, being a hypocrite, attempting to hide sin from God, while going through the motions of forgiveness, thinking God is a fool… He will smear shit on your face.
In general, even if you aren’t a priest… the overarching message of the Bible is to trust God’s eternal life giving covenant, to not be a hypocrite – going through “the motions” of forgiveness while not changing your life and behavior… and essentially to not be an asshole.
When the Bible refers to “cursing” they are speaking of “a solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power to inflict harm or punishment on someone or something” or “a cause of harm or misery.”
This content is not to suggest that you should or shouldn’t swear… Choice of language is between the person and God. We do not constantly swear, and we especially do not swear at people… it’s about knowing the proper time, location, event, audience, and use of the verbiage.
Many times, the Bible uses satire, sarcasm, and language that would have been considered “socially shocking” or “unacceptable” during that time period or to the culture. Therefore, in certain cases (such as this one) the use of swearing or profanity mirrors the content or context of the original text.
If another person’s choice of language is offensive to you, I recommend you study deeply into the biblical topic of offense. John Bevere wrote a great book on “living free from the deadly trap of offense” titled “Bait of Satan.”
As Pastor Steph is recording “A Dramatic Reading of Leviticus” we are going into greater depth of the ridiculousness God had to amount to in the Old Testament Jewish law to get people to act right and not be nasty.
As you read the the Jewish law in Leviticus and Deuteronomy… think about “hot coffee” warnings – WHY did they have to come up with that warning? Because someone spilled hot coffee on themselves and tried to sue the restaurant.
In the same concept, the instructions in the Old Testament were written because someone did something to cause God to need a pen and paper to write this shit down. It finally got bad enough that God told Christ he was sending him down here to save humanity from our own idiocrasy.
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