Boy, I must really have theological exegesis on the brain. I am currently in Deuteronomy in my bible reading, and I came across this:

22“You (A)shall surely tithe all the produce from what you sow, which comes out of the field every year. 23You shall eat in the presence of the LORD your God, (B)at the place where He chooses to establish His name, the tithe of your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and your flock, so that you may (C)learn to fear the LORD your God always. 24“If the distance is so great for you that you are not able to bring the tithe, since the place where the LORD your God chooses (D)to set His name is too far away from you when the LORD your God blesses you, 25then you shall exchange it for money, and bind the money in your hand and go to the place which the LORD your God chooses. 26“You may spend the money for whatever your heart desires: for oxen, or sheep, or wine, or strong drink, or whatever your heart desires; and (E)there you shall eat in the presence of the LORD your God and rejoice, you and your household. 27“Also you shall not neglect (F)the Levite who is in your town, (G)for he has no portion or inheritance among you.

Notice in vss. 22 and 26 the portions that I have italicized and especially the emboldened parts. For some reason as I initially was reading this, I thought it was saying, literally, “eat in” the presence of the LORD. My mind was hearkening forward to Jesus’ pronouncements in Jn 6; that unless folks ate His flesh and drank His blood they would have no part in Him. For some reason I initially read Deuteronomy as if it was making the same point as Jn 6; talk about theological exegesis “gone wild.” 😉

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