33:1 And the Lord said to Moses, Go forward, go up hence, thou and thy people, whom thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, into the land which I swore to Abraam, and Isaac, and Jacob, saying, I will give it to your seed.
33:2 And I will send at the same time my angel before thy face, and he shall cast out the Amorite and the Chettite, and the Pherezite and Gergesite, and Evite, and Jebusite, and Chananite.
33:3 And I will bring thee into a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up with thee, because thou art a stiff-necked people, lest I consume thee by the way.
33:4 And the people having heard this grievous saying, mourned in mourning apparel.
33:5 For the Lord said to the children of Israel, Ye are a stiff-necked people; take heed lest I bring on you another plague, and destroy you: now then put off your glorious apparel, and [your] ornaments, and I will shew thee what I will do to thee.
33:6 So the sons of Israel took off their ornaments and their array at the mount of Choreb.
33:7 And Moses took his tabernacle and pitched it without the camp, at a distance from the camp; and it was called the Tabernacle of Testimony: and it came to pass [that] every one that sought the Lord went forth to the tabernacle which was without the camp.
33:8 And whenever Moses went into the tabernacle without the camp, all the people stood every one watching by the doors of his tent; and when Moses departed, they took notice until he entered into the tabernacle.
33:9 And when Moses entered into the tabernacle, the pillar of the cloud descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and [God] talked to Moses.
33:10 And all the people saw the pillar of the cloud standing by the door of the tabernacle, and all the people stood and worshiped every one at the door of his tent.
33:11 And the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as if one should speak to his friend; and he retired into the camp: but his servant Joshua the son of Naue, a young man, departed not forth from the tabernacle.
33:12 And Moses said to the Lord, Lo! thou sayest to me, Lead on this people; but thou hast not shewed me whom thou wilt send with me, but thou hast said to me, I know thee above all, and thou hast favour with me.
33:13 If then I have found favour in thy sight, reveal thyself to me, that I may evidently see thee; that I may find favour in thy sight, and that I may know that this great nation [is] thy people.
33:14 And he says, I myself will go before thee, and give thee rest.
33:15 And he says to him, If thou go not up with us thyself, bring me not up hence.
33:16 And how shall it be surely known, that both I and this people have found favour with thee, except only if thou go with us? So both I and thy people shall be glorified beyond all the nations, as many as are upon the earth.
33:17 And the Lord said to Moses, I will also do for thee this thing, which thou hast spoken; for thou hast found grace before me, and I know thee above all.
33:18 And [Moses] says, Manifest thyself to me.
33:19 And [God] said, I will pass by before thee with my glory, and I will call by my name, the Lord, before thee; and I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and will have pity on whom I will have pity.
33:20 And [God] said, Thou shalt not be able to see my face; for no man shall see my face, and live.
33:21 And the Lord said, Behold, [there is] a place by me: thou shalt stand upon the rock;
33:22 and when my glory shall pass by, then I will put thee into a hole of the rock; and I will cover thee over with my hand, until I shall have passed by.
33:23 And I will remove my hand, and then shalt thou see my back parts; but my face shall not appear to thee.
34:1 And the Lord said to Moses, Hew for thyself two tables of stone, as also the first were, and come up to me to the mountain; and I will write upon the tables the words, which were on the first tables, which thou brokest.
34:2 And be ready by the morning, and thou shalt go up to the mount Sina, and shalt stand there for me on the top of the mountain.
34:3 And let no one go up with thee, nor be seen in all the mountain; and let not the sheep and oxen feed near that mountain.
34:4 And [Moses] hewed two tables of stone, as also the first were; and Moses having arisen early, went up to the mount Sina, as the Lord appointed him; and Moses took the two tables of stone.
34:5 And the Lord descended in a cloud, and stood near him there, and called by the name of the Lord.
34:6 And the Lord passed by before his face, and proclaimed, The Lord God, pitiful and merciful, longsuffering and very compassionate, and true,
34:7 and keeping justice and mercy for thousands, taking away iniquity, and unrighteousness, and sins; and he will not clear the guilty; bringing the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and to the children’s children, to the third and fourth generation.
34:8 An Moses hasted, and bowed to the earth and worshiped;
34:9 and said, If I have found grace before thee, let my Lord go with us; for the people is stiff-necked: and thou shalt take away our sins and our iniquities, and we will be thine.
34:10 And the Lord said to Moses, Behold, I establish a covenant for thee in the presence of all thy people; I will do glorious things, which have not been done in all the earth, or in any nation; and all the people among whom thou art shall see the works of the Lord, that they are wonderful, which I will do for thee.
34:11 Do thou take heed to all things whatsoever I command thee: behold, I cast out before your face the Amorite and the Chananite and the Pherezite, and the Chettite, and Evite, and Gergesite and Jebusite:
34:12 take heed to thyself, lest at any time thou make a covenant with the dwellers on the land, into which thou art entering, lest it be to thee a stumbling-block among you.
34:13 Ye shall destroy their altars, and break in pieces their pillars, and ye shall cut down their groves, and the graven images of their gods ye shall burn with fire.
34:14 For ye shall not worship strange gods, for the Lord God, a jealous name, is a jealous God;
34:15 lest at any time thou make a covenant with the dwellers on the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and sacrifice to their gods, and they call thee, and thou shouldest eat of their feasts,
34:16 and thou shouldest take of their daughters to thy sons, and thou shouldest give of thy daughters to their sons; and thy daughters should go a whoring after their gods, and thy sons should go a whoring after their gods.
34:17 And thou shalt not make to thyself molten gods.
34:18 And thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread, as I have charged thee, at the season in the month of new [corn]; for in the month of new [corn] thou camest out from Egypt.
34:19 The males [are] mine, everything that opens the womb; every first-born of oxen, and [every] first-born of sheep.
34:20 And the first-born of an ass thou shalt redeem with a sheep, and if thou wilt not redeem it thou shalt pay a price: every first-born of thy sons shalt thou redeem: thou shalt not appear before me empty.
34:21 Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: [there shall be] rest in seed-time and harvest.
34:22 And thou shalt keep to me the feast of weeks, the beginning of wheat-harvest; and the feast of ingathering in the middle of the year.
34:23 Three times in the year shall every male of thine appear before the Lord the God of Israel.
34:24 For when I shall have cast out the nations before thy face, and shall have enlarged thy coasts, no one shall desire thy land, whenever thou mayest go up to appear before the Lord thy God, three times in the year.
34:25 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifices with leaven, neither shall the sacrifices of the feast of the passover remain till the morning.
34:26 The first-fruits of thy land shalt thou put into the house of the Lord thy God: thou shalt not boil a lamb in his mother’s milk.
34:27 And the Lord said to Moses, Write these words for thyself, for on these words I have established a covenant with thee and with Israel.
34:28 And Moses was there before the Lord forty days, and forty nights; he did not eat bread, and he did not drink water; and he wrote upon the tables these words of the covenant, the ten sayings.
34:29 And when Moses went down from the mountain, [there were] the two tables in the hands of Moses,– as then he went down from the mountain, Moses knew not that the appearance of the skin of his face was glorified, when God spoke to him.
34:30 And Aaron and all the elders of Israel saw Moses, and the appearance of the skin of his face was made glorious, and they feared to approach him.
34:31 And Moses called them, and Aaron and all the rulers of the synagogue turned towards him, and Moses spoke to them.
34:32 And afterwards all the children of Israel came to him, and he commanded them all things, whatsoever the Lord had commanded him in the mount of Sina.
34:33 And when he ceased speaking to them, he put a veil on his face.
34:34 And whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak to him, he took off the veil till he went out, and he went forth and spoke to all the children of Israel whatsoever the Lord commanded him.
34:35 And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that it was glorified; and Moses put the veil over his face, till he went in to speak with him.
35:1 And Moses gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel together, and said, These are the words which the Lord has spoken for [you] to do them.
35:2 Six days shalt thou perform works, but on the seventh day [shall be] rest– a holy sabbath– a rest for the Lord: every one that does work on it, let him die.
35:3 Ye shall not burn a fire in any of your dwellings on the sabbath-day; I [am] the Lord.
35:4 And Moses spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, This [is] the thing which the Lord has appointed you, saying,
35:5 Take of yourselves an offering for the Lord: every one that engages in his heart shall bring the first-fruits to the Lord; gold, silver, brass,
35:6 blue, purple, double scarlet spun, and fine linen spun, and goats’ hair,
35:7 and rams’ skins dyed red, and skins [dyed] blue, and incorruptible wood,
35.8 (Masoretic) And oil for the light, and spices for anointing oil, and for the sweet incense,
35:9 and sardine stones, and stones for engraving for the shoulder-piece and full-length robe.
35:10 And every man that is wise in heart among you, let him come and work all things whatsoever the Lord has commanded.
35:11 The tabernacle, and the cords, and the coverings, and the rings, and the bars, and the posts,
35:12 and the ark of the testimony, and its staves, and its propitiatory, and the veil,
35:13 and the table and all its furniture,
35:14 and the candle-stick for the light and all its furniture,
35:15 and the incense, and the anointing oil,
35:16 and the altar and all its furniture;
35:17 and the curtains of the court, and its posts, and the emerald stones,
35:18 (Masoretic) The pins of the tabernacle, and the pins of the court, and their cords,
35:19 and the holy garments of Aaron the priest, And the garments in which they shall do service; and the garments of priesthood for the sons of Aaron and the anointing oil, and the compound incense.
35:20 And all the congregation of the children of Israel went out from Moses. And they brought, they whose heart prompted them, and they to whomsoever it seemed good in their mind, each and offering:
35:21 and they brought an offering to the Lord for all the works of the tabernacle of witness, and all its services, and for all the robes of the sanctuary.
35:22 And the men, even every one to whom it seemed good in his heart, brought from the women, [even] brought seals and ear-rings, and finger-rings, and necklaces, and bracelets, every article of gold.
35:23 And all as many as brought ornaments of gold to the Lord, and with whomsoever fine linen was found; and they brought skins [dyed] blue, and rams’ skins dyed red.
35:24 And every one that offered an offering brought silver and brass, the offerings to the Lord; and [they] with whom was found incorruptible wood; and they brought [offerings] for all the works of the preparation.
35:25 And every woman skilled in her heart to spin with her hands, brought spun [articles], the blue, and purple, and scarlet and fine linen.
35:26 And all the women to whom it seemed good in their heart in their wisdom, spun the goats’ hair.
35:27 And the rulers brought the emerald stones, and the stones for setting in the ephod, and the oracle,
35:28 and the compounds both for the anointing oil, and the composition of the incense.
35:29 And every man and woman whose mind inclined them to come in and do all the works as many as the Lord appointed them to do by Moses– [they] the children of Israel brought an offering to the Lord.
35:30 And Moses said to the children of Israel, Behold, God has called by name Beseleel the [son] of Urias the [son of] Or, of the tribe of Juda,
35:31 and has filled him with a divine spirit of wisdom and understanding, and knowledge of all things,
35:32 to labour skillfully in all works of cunning workmanship to form the gold and the silver and the brass,
35:33 and to work in stone, and to fashion the wood, and to work in every work of wisdom.
35:34 And [God] gave improvement in understanding both to him, and to Eliab the [son] of Achisamach of the tribe of Dan.
35:35 And [God] filled them with wisdom, understanding [and] perception, to understand to work all the works of the sanctuary, and to weave the woven and embroidered work with scarlet and fine linen, to do all work of curious workmanship [and] embroidery.
30:1 And thou shalt make the altar of incense of incorruptible wood.
30:2 And thou shalt make it a cubit in length, and a cubit in breadth: it shall be square; and the height of it shall be of two cubits, its horns shall be of the same piece.
30:3 And thou shalt gild its grate with pure gold, and its sides round about, and its horns; and thou shalt make for it a wreathen border of gold round-about.
30:4 And thou shalt make under its wreathen border two rings of pure gold; thou shalt make it to the two corners on the two sides, and they shall be bearings for the staves, so as to bear it with them.
30:5 And thou shalt make the staves of incorruptible wood, and shalt gild them with gold.
30:6 And thou shalt set it before the veil that is over the ark of the testimonies, wherein I will make myself known to thee from thence.
30:7 And Aaron shall burn upon it fine compound incense every morning; whensoever he trims the lamps he shall burn incense upon it.
30:8 And when Aaron lights the lamps in the evening, he shall burn incense upon it; a constant incense-offering always before the Lord for their generations.
30:9 And thou shalt not offer strange incense upon it, [nor] and offering made by fire, [nor] a sacrifice; and thou shalt not pour a drink-offering upon it.
30:10 And once in the year Aaron shall make atonement on its horns, he shall purge it with the blood of purification for their generations: it is most holy to the Lord.
30:11 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
30:12 If thou take account of the children of Israel in the surveying of them, and they shall give every one a ransom for his soul to the Lord, then there shall not be among them a destruction in the visiting of them.
30:13 Ad this is what they shall give, as many as pass the survey, half a didrachm which is according to the didrachm of the sanctuary: twenty oboli [go to] the didrachm, but the half of the didrachm is the offering to the Lord.
30:14 Every one that passes the survey from twenty years old and upwards shall give the offering to the Lord.
30:15 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than the half didrachm in giving the offering to the Lord, to make atonement for your souls.
30:16 And thou shalt take the money of the offering from the children of Israel, and shalt give it for the service of the tabernacle of testimony; and it shall be to the children of Israel a memorial before the Lord, to make atonement for your souls.
30:17 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
30:18 Make a brazen laver, and a brazen base for it, for washing; and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of witness and the altar, and thou shalt pour forth water into it.
30:19 And Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet with water from it.
30:20 Whensoever they shall go into the tabernacle of witness, they shall wash themselves with water, so they shall not die, whensoever they advance to the altar to do service and to offer the whole burnt-offerings to the Lord.
30:21 They shall wash their hands and feet with water, whensoever they shall go into the tabernacle of witness; they shall wash themselves with water, that they die not; and it shall be for them a perpetual statute, for him and his posterity after him.
30:22 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
30:23 Do thou also take sweet herbs, the flower of choice myrrh five hundred shekels, and the half of this two hundred and fifty shekels of sweet-smelling cinnamon, and two hundred and fifty shekels of sweet-smelling calamus,
30:24 and of cassia five hundred shekels of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil.
30:25 And thou shalt make it a holy anointing oil, a perfumed ointment [tempered] by the art of the perfumer: it shall be a holy anointing oil.
30:26 And thou shalt anoint with it the tabernacle of witness, and the ark of the tabernacle of witness,
30:27 and all its furniture, and the candlestick and all its furniture, and the altar of incense,
30:28 and the altar of whole burnt-offerings and all its furniture, and the table and all its furniture, and the laver.
30:29 And thou shalt sanctify them, and they shall be most holy: every one that touches them shall be hallowed.
30:30 And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and sanctify them that they may minister to me as priests.
30:31 And thou shalt speak to the children of Israel, saying, This shall be to you a holy anointing oil throughout your generations.
30:32 On man’s flesh it shall not be poured, and ye shall not make [any] for yourselves according to this composition: it is holy, and shall be holiness to you.
30:33 Whosoever shall make it in like manner, and whosoever shall give of it to a stranger, shall be destroyed from among his people.
30:34 And the Lord said to Moses, Take for thyself sweet herbs, stacte, onycha, sweet galbanum, and transparent frankincense; there shall be and equal weight of each.
30:35 And they shall make with it perfumed incense, tempered with the art of a perfumer, a pure holy work.
30:36 And of these thou shalt beat some small, and thou shalt put it before the testimonies in the tabernacle of testimony, whence I will make myself known to thee: it shall be to you a most holy incense.
30:37 Ye shall not make any for yourselves according to this composition; it shall be to you a holy thing for the Lord.
30:38 Whosoever shall make any in like manner, so as to smell it, shall perish from his people.
31:1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
31:2 Behold, I have called by name Beseleel the son of Urias the son of Or, of the tribe of Juda.
31:3 And I have filled him [with] a divine spirit of wisdom, and understanding, and knowledge, to invent in every work,
31:4 and to frame works, to labour in gold, and silver, and brass, and blue, and purple, and spun scarlet,
31:5 and works in stone, and for artificers’ work in wood, to work at all works.
31:6 And I have appointed him and Eliab the [son] of Achisamach of the tribe of Dan, and to every one understanding in heart I have given understanding; and they shall make all things as many as I have appointed thee,–
31:7 the tabernacle of witness, and the ark of the covenant, and the propitiatory that is upon it, and the furniture of the tabernacle,
31:8 and the altars, and the table and all its furniture,
31:9 and the pure candlestick and all its furniture, and the laver and its base,
31:10 and Aaron’s robes of ministry, and the robes of his sons to minister to me as priests,
31:11 and the anointing oil and the compound incense of the sanctuary; according to all that I have commanded thee shall they make them.
31:12 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
31:13 Do thou also charge the children of Israel, saying, Take heed and keep my sabbaths; [for] they are a sign with me and among you throughout your generations, that ye may know that I am the Lord that sanctifies you.
31:14 And ye shall keep the sabbaths, because this is holy to the Lord for you; he that profanes it shall surely be put to death: every one who shall do a work on it, that soul shall be destroyed from the midst of his people.
31:15 Six days thou shalt do works, but the seventh day is the sabbath, a holy rest to the Lord; every one who shall do a work on the seventh day shall be put to death.
31:16 And the children of Israel shall keep the sabbaths, to observe them throughout their generations.
31:17 It is a perpetual covenant with me and the children of Israel, it is a perpetual sign with me; for in six days the Lord made the heaven and the earth, and on the seventh day he ceased, and rested.
31:18 And he gave to Moses when he left off speaking to him in mount Sina the two tables of testimony, tables of stone written [upon] with the finger of God.
32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people combined against Aaron, and said to him, Arise and make us gods who shall go before us; for this Moses, the man who brought us forth out of the land of Egypt– we do not know what is become of him.
32:2 And Aaron says to them, Take off the golden ear-rings which are in the ears of your wives and daughters, and bring them to me.
32:3 And all the people took off the golden ear-rings that were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron.
32:4 And he received them at their hands, and formed them with a graving tool; and he made them a molten calf, and said, These [are] thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
32:5 And Aaron having seen it built an altar before it, and Aaron made proclamation saying, To-morrow [is] a feast of the Lord.
32:6 And having risen early on the morrow, he offered whole burnt-offerings, and offered a peace-offering; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
32:7 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Go quickly, descend hence, for thy people whom thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt have transgressed;
32:8 they have quickly gone out of the way which thou commandedst; they have made for themselves a calf, and worshiped it, and sacrificed to it, and said,
32.9 These are thy gods, O Israel, who brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
32:10 And now let me alone, and I will be very angry with them and consume them, and I will make thee a great nation.
32:11 And Moses prayed before the Lord God, and said, Wherefore, O Lord, art thou very angry with thy people, whom thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt with great strength, and with thy high arm?
32:12 [Take heed] lest at any time the Egyptians speak, saying, With evil intent he brought them out to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from off the earth; cease from thy wrathful anger, and be merciful to the sin of thy people,
32:13 remembering Abraam and Isaac and Jacob thy servants, to whom thou hast sworn by thyself, and hast spoken to them, saying, I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of heaven for multitude, and all this land which thou spokest of to give to them, so that they shall possess it for ever.
32:14 And the Lord was prevailed upon to preserve his people.
32:15 And Moses turned and went down from the mountain, and the two tables of testimony were in his hands, tables of stone written on both their sides: they were written within and without.
32:16 And the tables were the work of God, and the writing the writing of God written on the tables.
32:17 And Joshua having heard the voice of the people crying, says to Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.
32:18 And [Moses] says, It is not the voice of them that begin the battle, nor the voice of them that begin [the cry] of defeat, but the voice of them that begin [the banquet] of wine do I hear.
32:19 And when he drew nigh to the camp, he sees the calf and the dances; and Moses being very angry cast the two tables out of his hands, and broke them to pieces under the mountain.
32:20 And having taken the calf which they made, he consumed it with fire, and ground it very small, and scattered it on the water, and made the children of Israel to drink it.
32:21 And Moses said to Aaron, What has this people done to thee, that thou hast brought upon them a great sin?
32:22 And Aaron said to Moses, Be not angry, [my] lord, for thou knowest the impetuosity of this people.
32:23 For they say to me, Make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this man Moses, who brought us out of Egypt, we do not know what is become of him.
32:24 And I said to them, If any one has golden ornaments, take them off; and they gave them me, and I cast them into the fire, and there came out this calf.
32:25 And when Moses saw that the people was scattered,– for Aaron [had] scattered them [so as to be] a rejoicing to their enemies,–
32:26 then stood Moses at the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come to me. Then all the sons of Levi came to him.
32:27 And he says to them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every one his sword on his thigh, and go through and return from gate to gate through the camp, and slay every one his brother, and every one his neighbour, and every one him that is nearest to him.
32:28 And the sons of Levi did as Moses spoke to them, and there fell of the people in that day to the [number of] three thousand men.
32:29 And Moses said to them, Ye have filled your hands this day to the Lord each one on his son or on his brother, so that blessing should be given to you.
32:30 And it came to pass after the morrow [had begun], that Moses said to the people, Ye have sinned a great sin; and now I will go up to God, that I may make atonement for your sin.
32:31 And Moses returned to the Lord and said, I pray, O Lord, this people has sinned a great sin, and they have made for themselves golden gods.
32:32 And now if thou wilt forgive their sin, forgive [it]; and if not, blot me out of thy book, which thou hast written.
32:33 And the Lord said to Moses, If any one has sinned against me, I will blot them out of my book.
32:34 And now go, descend, and lead this people into the place of which I spoke to thee: behold, my angel shall go before thy face; and in the day when I shall visit I will bring upon them their sin.
32:35 And the Lord smote the people for the making the calf, which Aaron made.
Patriarch and senior bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church have declared yoga to be “completely incompatible” with the Christian faith, saying it has more to do with the Hindu religion than physical exercise.
Yoga has no place “in the life of Christians,” the church’s synod, or governing body, ruled in response to Greek media outlets recommending yoga to deal with stress during coronavirus quarantine, the BBC reports.
“[Yoga] is a fundamental chapter in Hindu religion … it is not a ‘kind of physical exercise,'” the Holy Synod declared in a statement this week.
The church’s declaration is based on the “experience of those who practiced yoga,” Father Michael Konstantinidis told Greek media. “If yoga offered what man wanted, we would be happy,” he said.
Yoga is practiced mostly as a physical exercise by roughly 300 million people around the world, according to the International Yoga Federation.
At an event last year, Metropolitan Nektarios of Argolis warned people about the “dangers” of doing yoga, saying, “We make a confession to God. This is the same thing that people do during yoga,” The U.K. Times noted.
Yoga involves “Pranayama,” or breathing exercises involve, in some forms of it, the chanting of “Om,” a mystical Sanskrit sound that is considered sacred in Hinduism. However, some believe that the religious part of the original yoga can be adopted or customized by people of other faiths as per their own beliefs.
Some practice what they call “Christian yoga.” However, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler Jr. has denounced the idea, explaining that the origins of the practice are incompatible with Christianity.
“It is deeply based in both Hinduism and Buddhism and the traditional meditative practices that are inseparable from yoga as physical movement involve those traditional Buddhist and Hindu teachings, and it shows up not only in the word ‘Namaste,’ it shows up even in the basic philosophy of what the body is doing,” Mohler said.
“It also shows up in a distinct theological understanding of the body in motion and the body in pose. It also shows up in a deep conflict between Christianity and both Hinduism and Buddhism and yoga as a dimension of both when it comes to the purpose of the mind and how we are as Christians to exercise the mind,” Mohler added.
His comments came in response to a proposed bill in the Alabama Legislature that would lift a ban on the practice of yoga in public schools, albeit without the overt religious content. Known as House Bill 235 and introduced in February by state Rep. Jeremy Gray of Opelika, the proposal was approved by the House education policy committee. The bill would allow local school boards to approve yoga classes under certain conditions, among them making the class an elective rather than a requirement.
In 2018, Pastor John Lindell of the James River Church in Ozark, Missouri, warned his 10,000-member congregation not to participate in yoga, saying that positions associated with exercise and meditation activity were designed to “open you up to demonic power.”
Lindell gave a sermon, titled “Pursuing the Paranormal,” before Halloween that year in which he spoke out against “demonic influences” such as paganism, witchery, sorcery, fortune-telling, astrology and elements of Eastern mysticism such as yoga. “I am doing this because it seems that our culture is becoming increasingly obsessed with all things paranormal,” the Assemblies of God pastor said at the beginning of the sermon.
Lindell said that one of the most pressing signs of the “post-Christian” society was the mainstream acceptance of yoga by not only the culture but Christians and Christian organizations.
28:1 And do thou take to thyself both Aaron thy brother, and his sons, even [them] of the children of Israel; so that Aaron, and Nadab and Abiud, and Eleazar and Ithamar, sons of Aaron, may minister to me.
28:2 And thou shalt make holy apparel for Aaron thy brother, for honour and glory.
28:3 And speak thou to all those who are wise in understanding, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom and perception; and they shall make the holy apparel of Aaron for the sanctuary, in which [apparel] he shall minister to me as priest.
28:4 And these are the garments which they shall make: the breast-plate, and the shoulder-piece, and the full-length robe, and the tunic with a fringe, and the tire, and the girdle; and they shall make holy garments for Aaron and his sons to minister to me as priests.
28:5 And they shall take the gold, and the blue, and the purple, and the scarlet, and the fine linen.
28:6 And they shall make the shoulder-piece of fine linen spun, the woven work of the embroiderer.
28:7 It shall have two shoulder-pieces joined together, fastened on the two sides.
28:8 And the woven work of the shoulder-pieces which is upon it, shall be of one piece according to the work, of pure gold and blue and purple, and spun scarlet and fine twined linen.
28:9 And thou shalt take the two stones, the stones of emerald, and thou shalt grave on them the names of the children of Israel.
28:10 Six names on the first stone, and the other six names on the second stone, according to their births.
28:11 [It shall be] the work of the stone-engraver’s art; as the graving of a seal thou shalt engrave the two stones with the names of the children of Israel.
28:12 And thou shalt put the two stones on the shoulders of the shoulder-piece: they are memorial-stones for the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel before the Lord on his two shoulders, a memorial for them.
28:13 And thou shalt make circlets of pure gold;
28:14 and thou shalt make two fringes of pure gold, variegated with flowers wreathen work; and thou shalt put the wreathen fringes on the circlets, fastening them on their shoulder-pieces in front.
28:15 And thou shalt make the oracle of judgment, the work of the embroiderer: in keeping with the ephod, thou shalt make it of gold, and blue and purple, and spun scarlet, and fine linen spun.
28:16 Thou shalt make it square: it shall be double; of a span the length of it, and of a span the breadth.
28:17 And thou shalt interweave with it a texture of four rows of stone; there shall be a row of stones, a sardius, a topaz, and emerald, the first row.
28:18 And the second row, a carbuncle, a sapphire, and a jasper.
28:19 And the third row, a ligure, an agate, an amethyst:
28:20 and the fourth row, a chrysolite, and a beryl, and an onyx stone, set round with gold, bound together with gold: let them be according to their row.
28:21 And let the stones of the names of the children of Israel be twelve according to their names, engravings as of seals: let them be for the twelve tribes each according to the name.
28:22 And thou shalt make on the oracle woven fringes, a chain-work of pure gold.
Masoretic Verses are 23-28
28:23 And thou shalt make upon the breastplate two rings of gold, and shalt put the two rings on the two ends of the breastplate.
28:24 And thou shalt put the two wreathed chains of gold in the two rings which are on the ends of the breastplate.
28:25 And the other two ends of the two wreathed chains thou shalt fasten in the two ouches, and put them on the shoulderpieces of the ephod before it.
28:26 And thou shalt make two rings of gold, and thou shalt put them upon the two ends of the breastplate in the border thereof, which is in the side of the ephod inward.
28:27 And two other rings of gold thou shalt make, and shalt put them on the two sides of the ephod underneath, toward the forepart thereof, over against the other coupling thereof, above the curious girdle of the ephod.
28:28 And they shall bind the breastplate by the rings thereof unto the rings of the ephod with a lace of blue, that it may be above the curious girdle of the ephod, and that the breastplate be not loosed from the ephod.
28:29 And Aaron shall take the names of the children of Israel, on the oracle of judgment on his breast; a memorial before God for him as he goes into the sanctuary. And thou shalt put the fringes on the oracle of judgment; thou shalt put the wreaths on both sides of the oracle, and thou shalt put the two circlets on both the shoulders of the ephod in front.
28:30 And thou shalt put the Manifestation and the Truth on the oracle of judgment; and it shall be on the breast of Aaron, when he goes into the holy place before the Lord; and Aaron shall bear the judgments of the children of Israel on his breast before the Lord continually.
28:31 And thou shalt make the full-length tunic all of blue.
28:32 And the opening of it shall be in the middle having a fringe round about the opening, the work of the weaver, woven together in the joining of the same piece that it might not be rent.
28:33 And under the fringe of the robe below thou shalt make as it were pomegranates of a flowering pomegranate tree, of blue, and purple, and spun scarlet, and fine linen spun, under the fringe of the robe round about: golden pomegranates of the same shape, and bells round about between these.
28:34 A bell by the side of a golden pomegranate, and flower-work on the fringe of the robe round about.
28:35 And the sound of Aaron shall be audible when he ministers, as he goes into the sanctuary before the Lord, and has he goes out, that he die not.
28:36 And thou shalt make a plate [of] pure gold, and thou shalt grave on it [as] the graving of a signet, Holiness of the Lord.
28:37 And thou shalt put it on the spun blue cloth, and it shall be on the mitre: it shall be in the front of the mitre.
28:38 And it shall be on the forehead of Aaron; and Aaron shall bear away the sins of their holy things, all that te children of Israel shall sanctify of every gift of their holy things, and it shall be on the forehead of Aaron continually acceptable for them before the Lord.
28:39 And the fringes of the garments [shall be] of fine linen; and thou shalt make a tire of fine linen, and thou shalt make a girdle, the work of the embroiderer.
28:40 And for the sons of Aaron thou shalt make tunics and girdles, and thou shalt make for them tires for honour and glory.
28:41 And thou shalt put them on Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, and thou shalt anoint them and fill their hands: and thou shalt sanctify them, that they may minister to me in the priest’s office.
28:42 And thou shalt make for them linen drawers to cover the nakedness of their flesh; they shall reach from the loins to the thighs.
28:43 And Aaron shall have them, and his sons, whenever they enter into the tabernacle of witness, or when they shall advance to the altar of the sanctuary to minister, so they shall not bring sin upon themselves, lest they die: [it is] a perpetual statute for him, and for his seed after him.
29:1 And these are the things which thou shalt do to them: thou shalt sanctify them, so that they shall serve me in the priesthood; and thou shalt take one young calf from the herd, and two unblemished rams;
29:2 and unleavened loaves kneaded with oil, and unleavened cakes anointed with oil: thou shalt make them [of] fine flour of wheat.
29:3 And thou shalt put them on one basket, and thou shalt offer them on the basket, and the young calf and the two rams.
29:4 And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons to the doors of the tabernacle of testimony, and thou shalt wash them with water.
29:5 And having taken the garments, thou shalt put on Aaron thy brother both the full-length robe and the ephod and the oracle; and thou shalt join for him the oracle to the ephod.
29:6 And thou shalt put the mitre on his head; and thou shalt put the plate, [even] the Holiness, on the mitre.
29:7 And thou shalt take of the anointing oil, and thou shalt pour it o his head, and shalt anoint him,
29:8 and thou shalt bring his sons, and put garments on them.
29:9 And thou shalt gird them with the girdles, and put the tires upon them, and they shall have a priestly office to me for ever; and thou shalt fill the hands of Aaron and the hands of his sons.
29:10 And thou shalt bring the calf to the door of the tabernacle of witness; and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the calf, before the Lord, by the doors of the tabernacle of witness.
29:11 And thou shalt slay the calf before the Lord, by the doors of the tabernacle of witness.
29:12 And thou shalt take of the blood of the calf, and put it on the horns of the altar with thy finger, but all the rest of the blood thou shalt pour out at the foot of the altar.
29:13 And thou shalt take all the fat that is on the belly, and the lobe of the liver, and the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, and shalt put them upon the altar.
29:14 But the flesh of the bullock, and his skin, and his dung, shalt thou burn with fire without the camp: it is a sin offering.