Bible Pickin’s – Deuteronomy

Forty years had passed. The LORD spoke to Moses: “Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount (hill) of the Amorites, and unto all [the places] nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, and unto the great river, the River Euphrates. Behold, I have set the land before you, go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.” (This command will have ominous repercussions centuries later in Palestine.) Moses killed Sihon, the king of the Amorites in Heshbon. Then the children of Israel took all the cities, killed all the people and kept the cattle.
The children of Israel were finally home.
The Ten Commandments are reviewed in the text. Now remember, the children of Israel had the ark of the covenant in their possession. They had the actual stone tablets that Moses brought down from the mountain. These 10 commandments must be obeyed. On top of that the LORD was with the children of Israel for forty years, goading them on,  and still they broke the do not murder and do not steal commandments with impunity. There is huge inconsistency here. It seems that disobeying a couple of commandments is not very important to the LORD at least not as important as the following decree from the LORD:

{6:13}Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt
swear by his name. {6:14} Ye shall not go after other gods,
of the gods of the people which [are] round about you;
{6:15} (For the LORD thy God [is] a jealous God among
you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against
thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.

WOW. If you worship no god but the LORD you can get away with murder.

Moses gets a little nostalgic. He retells tales from the good old days, how he got the stone tablets, how the ark was built, and how he parted the Red Sea killing all those pesky Egyptians.

{14:8} And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, not touch the dead carcass.” The children of Israel will never play football.

{21:18} If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son,
which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of
his mother, and [that,] when they have chastened him, will
not hearken unto them: {21:19} Then shall his father and
his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the
elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; {21:20}
And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son
[is] stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; [he
is] a glutton, and a drunkard. {21:21} And all the men of his
city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou
put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

Here’s another command from the LORD that everyone, thankfully, ignores.

No cross dressing allowed: {22:5} The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so [are] abominations unto the LORD thy God. It must have been a big problem back then.
You also can’t wear a mixture of woolen and linen garments.

{22:22} If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, [both] the man that lay with the woman, and the woman: so shalt thou put away evil from Israel.

Brutal, but the next one is weird:

{22:30} A man shall not take his father’s wife (the man’s mother?), nor discover his father’s skirt. I thought cross dressing wasn’t allowed?

{34:5} So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in
the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.
{34:6} And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab,
over against Beth-peor: but no man knoweth of his
sepulchre unto this day.
{34:7} And Moses [was] an hundred and twenty years old
when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force
{34:8} And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the
plains of Moab thirty days: so the days of weeping [and]
mourning for Moses were ended.
{34:9} And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of
wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the
children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the LORD
commanded Moses.
{34:10} And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like
unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, {34:11} In
all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to
do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants,
and to all his land, {34:12} And in all that mighty hand, and
in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel.

At 80 years old Moses is told by the LORD to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt in search of the promised land. For 40 years Moses and the children of Israel kill thousands(?) of people, kidnap women and children, steal cattle. They call themselves the chosen people. I think they chose themselves. I think the LORD was created by them to justify their horrible behavior. If the LORD is a god of love, his love was absent for 40 years while the children of Israel went on a slow rampage across the desert.
At 120 years old Moses died. Good riddance.


About izziferreel

Freethinker. Drummer, Singer, Songwriter: The Third Eye, Blackbird13, The Avantguardians. Actor: Raving Maniacs, Feeding the Masses. Also produced, wrote and acted in my short film Lonelyman51. Writer: lyrics, radio drama, horror tales and social criticism.
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