Reading through the Bible: day 63

I apologise for the last week, I’ve been really bad about getting posts out, but I will return to doing it properly.

Deuteronomy 1 – 3

So today we begin Deuteronomy, Moses final speeches to the Israelites. The first speech (beginning today) recaps the events in the journey of the Israelites through the wilderness.

Forty years

This issues has been sitting on the backburner, but I’ll mention it now because there isn’t much to really say here.

The complaint I’ve read about is that it wasn’t a forty years journey from egypt to Canaan, it was probably closer to a few week journey. The idea that the trip would take a few weeks is probably correct, but that doesn’t mean it had to.

The first, problem with the complaint, which is obvious from the maps is that the Israelites didn’t use regular trade routes, and there route was a lot longer than the short few week journey.

The next issue is that while traversing the desert at a speed way faster than expected would be a problem, going slowly isn’t a problem. The time spent in various places isn’t recorded, and just as one can prolong a trip today by hanging out for extended periods at stopping points, this could have been done then too. We don’t actually a problem here.

Moses’ sin

So because Moses didn’t glorify God when striking the stone for water, he was forbidden to cross the Jordan into Canaan.

This may seem harsh, and it probably is. In defence of God though, today we see Moses blaming the Israelites for his ban. Moses was the one who failed to glorify God, and that is on him, not the Israelites. To blame the Israelites shows that even when death was near, Moses hadn’t fully taken responsibility for his actions, and thus God was justified in enforcing the ban, despite Moses’ pleas.

What are your thoughts?


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