Day 69

Deuteronomy 31-34

Chapters 31 and 32

Deuteronomy-32_4Hallelujah! We’re at the end of this horrible book (although I know I’ll regret thinking that – I’m pretty sure there’s worse yet to come).

Moses gives the Israelites one last pep talk and writes their final instructions. And then god gives Moses one last pep talk and his final instructions. And Moses recounts the history of the Israelites, and god’s promises and threats, AGAIN! in poetic form this time. How lovely are these words: “I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword will devour flesh—the blood of the slaughtered and the captives, and the heads of the enemy leaders.” (32:42 NLT) But funnily enough, that’s not the verse apologists favor; they cherry-pick something more appealing.

Chapter 33

In chapter 33 Moses blesses each of the tribes, and he gets pretty maudlin. In the KJV, verse 26 refers to Jeshurun, a poetic name for Israel, derived from a root word meaning upright, just or straight. Edward Falzon facetiously calls them “Upright People” in his book.

Chapter 34

So Moses dies at age 120, and Joshua takes over as leader. What do you think about 34:10 “There has never been another prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.” (NLT) Huh? Not even Jesus, Mohammad, Joseph Smith???

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