“Justice is mine,” says the Holy Tyrant

In different cultures and court systems, there can be radically different meanings to the idea of justice. So, justice is a label that is culturally specific (culturally relative), not universal.


RQR wrote: “There is no justice in the real world, but there can be justice within each of us.”

It is optional to linguistically divide reality in to “the real world” and some other world. It is optional to categorize certain actions as just and others as unjust.

Dogs apparently don’t do that. Yet, they can still form social networks- just less complex ones than humans.

Whatever norm that the warlord or judge enforces is the ruling of the court of justice. Ritual human sacrifice is nearly universal among the oath-sworn priesthood of courts of justice. “Selective prosecution” is more universal (as well as things like when President G.H.W. Bush – the elder- pardoned Lt. Col. Oliver North and Caspar Weinberger for their felony convictions for “obstruction of justice” and perjury and illegal smuggling of weapons to benefit the Reagan presidency by delaying the release of the US hostages held in Iran until after Carter lost the election).

When Moses says “Let those who are on the side of the Almighty come to my side,” he is referencing himself. He is speaking as the Messiah, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Holy One, The Divine Pope or Pharaoh or Holy Imperial Emperor. When he says, “thus sayeth the Lord God of Israel,” he is clearly speaking AS the Lord God of Israel:

Exodus 32:
27 Then he said to them, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’ ” 28 The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died.

http://www.biblestudytools.com/exodus/passage.aspx…

Here is an even more extreme conquest of the Mibianites that was ordered by Moses. “First a little background. The Midianites are close relatives of the Israelites, having descended from Abraham via his second wife (Gen 25).”

Note that the top level of ruling priesthood received as tax proceeds .2% of the plunder, including .2% of the captured virgin females who were enslaved. The next level of the rulers (the Priesthood of the Levites) received 2%. The “war report” below reminds me of the Crusades of the Holy Roman Popes, such as the declaration of global domination in 1302.

 

Numbers 31

Vengeance on the Midianites

1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.”

3 So Moses said to the people, “Arm some of your men to go to war against the Midianites and to carry out the LORD’s vengeance on them. 4 Send into battle a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel.” 5 So twelve thousand men armed for battle, a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel.6 Moses sent them into battle, a thousand from each tribe, along with Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, who took with him articles from the sanctuary and the trumpets for signaling.

7 They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man8 Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. 9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder. 10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps. 11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals, 12 and brought the captives, spoils and plunder to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the Israelite assembly at their camp on the plains of Moab, by the Jordan across from Jericho.

13 Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp. 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle.

15 “Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them. 16 ”They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the LORD in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the LORD’s people. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

19 “All of you who have killed anyone or touched anyone who was killed must stay outside the camp seven days. On the third and seventh days you must purify yourselves and your captives. 20 Purify every garment as well as everything made of leather, goat hair or wood.”

21 Then Eleazar the priest said to the soldiers who had gone into battle, “This is the requirement of the law that the LORD gave Moses: 22 Gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, lead 23 and anything else that can withstand fire must be put through the fire, and then it will be clean. But it must also be purified with the water of cleansing. And whatever cannot withstand fire must be put through that water. 24 On the seventh day wash your clothes and you will be clean. Then you may come into the camp.”

Dividing the Spoils

25 The LORD said to Moses26 “You and Eleazar the priest and the family heads of the community are to count all the people and animals that were captured. 27Divide the spoils between the soldiers who took part in the battle and the rest of the community. 28 From the soldiers who fought in the battleset apart as tribute for the LORD one out of every five hundred, whether persons, cattle, donkeys, sheep or goats29 Take this tribute from their half share and give it to Eleazar the priest as the LORD’s part. 30 From the Israelites’ half, select one out of every fifty, whether persons, cattle, donkeys, sheep, goats or other animals. Give them to the Levites, who are responsible for the care of the LORD’s tabernacle.” 31 So Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses.

32 The plunder remaining from the spoils that the soldiers took was 675,000 sheep, 33 72,000 cattle, 34 61,000 donkeys 35 and 32,000 women who had never slept with a man.

36 The half share of those who fought in the battle was:
337,500 sheep, 37 of which the tribute for the LORD was 675;

38 36,000 cattle, of which the tribute for the LORD was 72;

39 30,500 donkeys, of which the tribute for the LORD was 61;

40 16,000 people, of which the tribute for the LORD was 32.

 

http://rarebible.wordpress.com/2009/12/15/genocide-slavery-and-rape-of-the-midianites/

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