Another frustrating gem from Leviticus, this time 21:16-24 wherein “YHWH said to Moses, ‘Say to Aaron: “For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God. No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame . . . no man with a crippled foot of hand . . . because of his defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, and so desecrate my sanctuary. I am YHWH, who makes them holy.” ‘ ” The uber hearsay notwithstanding, I knew a man against whom this scripture was asserted. He walked with a cane because he had suffered from polio as a child. Some among the most wicked group of people I’ve ever known (a church where Dad served for seven years) said because of this scripture the man could not serve as Elder. Dad disagreed. Good for Dad.
A pleasant surprise in Mark though. From 9:40, the disciples were upset that people outside their group were healing in Jesus’ name. Jesus tells the disciples to leave them alone, noting “for whoever is not against us is for us.” I much prefer this formulation.
Finally, advice from Proverbs I rarely heed: When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. In other words, better to remain silent and let people think you’re a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. 😉