What if Moses only got it mostly right?
Perspective is a funny thing. Sometimes, even when you’re sure you’ve got it, you miss it completely.
Other times, it’s just fun to completely turn an idea on its’ head.
Maybe it’s just because I’m a terrible person, but I’ve always wondered what the structural difference between climbing up to the top of a mountain and saying you heard God, vs someone not taking their anti-psychotics and saying they’ve heard God.
People we label as insane, I feel, say that they speak to God, with an unsettling amount of frequency… don’t they? And well… I’m an accepting kinda guy, so… let’s say, just for kicks… let’s say they really did hear a voice inside their head.
Where would it come from? An ethereal being is going to purposefully take time out of their day to just mess with this poor person? Nah. So where else could it have come from?
Let me ask you this — why does it need to come from anywhere? We know we can communicate with our bodies. That’s what meditation is! Try this: Close your eyes, and think about the tip of your nose. Think really hard about how you wish it was warm. How you can feel the sun, beaming down, slowly starting to warm just the very tip of your nose. Can you feel it? My seven year old can do it. So you can talk to your body.
Now the human body is a wonderful marvelous amazing thing. It’s basically a factory that lets you, well, essentially, consume garbage, and it turns it into energy. Not all at once, mind you, but over time. It’s not just one kind of energy either. ATP for the cell mitochondria. 3C and 6C sugars to get electrons into the cells. Trace animes control the rate that your synapses fire in your brain. So at any moment, each of these power systems are operating at some capacity.
With the knowledge that we can talk to our bodies, and the knowledge that our bodies have several different rates of metabolism, I start to wonder, what might happen if one were to get them out of sync in certain ways, maybe the body could speak to the mind. My body speaks to me very clearly through the use of memories. Once, when I was thirsty, and didn’t go get water fast enough, I got a rendition from an old Steven King movie: “‘’ister Grey, he want’s war.” — even included the third person reference. I laughed so hard at myself.
So maybe, just maybe, if the timing is right, after a long trek up a mountain, maybe Moses didn’t hear God, but he heard … himself. Now, if that were the case, then, I would also posit, “God” was not giving Moses instructions about how his people should worship … Moses could have been hearing, instead of instructions from God, instructions from Moses, to Moses, about how to worship Moses.
As usual, let’s break it down, with help from what looks to be a fairly good source for original meaning:
“I am the LORD your God.”
Moses’ body to his brain: I am the one in control, I am your world.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
Moses’ body to his brain: You will take care of me before you take care of anyone else.
“Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD your God in vain”
Moses’ body to his brain: You will treat me with respect, and not speak ill of me.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”
With a note that the “remember” means more like “actively tend to” and not “think longingly about”…
Moses’ body to his brain: You get 6 days a week to do as you wish. You need to give me one day of rest, to tend to my needs, and show me again that you have not put anyone else before me. It’s a proof of your adherence to our agreement.
“Honor thy father and thy mother”
There’s a lot of context wrapped back into this one. A quote from the linked site above: “… only through obedience to these commandments that we are able to really understand our own identity.” It’s about learning to be who you need to be to be who you can become.
Moses’ body to his brain: We are linked to our parents by more than just place and time. Follow their learn from them the unique habits which keep us balanced so we may thrive.
“Thou Shalt Not Kill”
Moses’ body to his brain: Do not eat poison. Do not commit suicide. You don’t decide when to turn out these lights, I do.
“Thou shalt not commit adultery”
Moses’ body to his brain: Do not cross established boundaries. Respect isolation and abstraction where it has been placed.
“Thou shalt not steal”
There’s a note that the original text uses a word which conveys not only the act, but the deception that it’s based upon, and really, it sounds a lot more like what it really meant was…
Moses’ body to his brain: Do not lie to me about us, and do not take that from the environment which you do not need. If you need, I will provide.
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”
Moses’ body to his brain: Do not lie to me about the outside world. Convey the truth to me in all aspects of life.
“Thou shalt not covet…”
We know how that one ends. Now, there’s additional context with this too: “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
Moses’ body to his brain: Stick with me. You worry about me, I’ll worry about you. And you won’t be worrying about anything else going on out there that doesn’t matter.
The site listed one last commandment, which I just have to include: The greatest commandment.
“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
Moses’ body to his brain: Love me, brah.