I have been a believer for nearly 5 decades. Over time I have a couple nagging, pragmatic questions that arise when I read in the Old Testament regarding God’s commands concerning the establishing of the Tabernacle sacrifices and the ordination of the Priests etc.
As a woman who has been responsible for my own hygiene and the hygiene of a large household, it has always twigged me regarding God’s commands because of the permanent staining properties of oil and blood. As well as, the smells and the attraction of insects like flies to bad odours.
The priests were commanded to have their turbans anointed with oil and their garments sprinkled with blood. There was no recorded directive about washing these garments. Over time they would have become very stained and defiled with blood…and oil. They would have become crusty and smelly. Is this to be a visual demonstration of our sin and defilement? Or was it to be a demonstration the holiness of God through the High priestly office?
The other thing that puzzles me is related to the daily sacrifices…The constant blood splashed against the altar would have created a putrid smell over time, plus, it would have attracted a multitude of flies .(especially in the heat). Please explain how this would have been dealt with…since it isn’t explicit in the text.