Reading through the Bible: day 65

Deuteronomy 7 – 10

Were all the nations of Canaan conquered?

In chapter 7 God promises to deliver the people of the promised land to the Israelites, but later, the Israelites are plagued by these very nations in the book of the Judges. Is this a failed prophecy?

It isn’t a failed prophecy, as we’ll see in Joshua, these people were conquered and thus God fulfilled his promise. The Israelites failed to fulfil their side, they were supposed to remove any trace of those nations and didn’t. Whether you agree or disagree with the idea of God commanding a genocide, you should agree that the text eliminates this as a failed prophecy. Of course, none of those nations exist today and Israel is a nation, so, this could only be interpreted as a failed prophecy if a time limit was in play, none was. It looks like this criticism comes from not reading what is there, and adding what isn’t.

Who made that Ark?

Did Moses (Deuteronomy 10:3) or Bezaleel (Exodus 37:1) make the Ark of the Covenant?

I’ve many times heard project managers and construction foremen talking about the things they’ve made, when in reality they only oversaw the making of those things. So far as I can tell, this is what Moses is doing in his speech. As overseer of the project, and the one who provided the builders with their instructions, he did have a hand in the making of the Ark.

Where did Aaron die?

In Numbers (20:27,28 and 33:38) it is clear that Aaron died atop mount Hor. In today’s reading (10:6), Aaron apparently died at Mosera.

It is possible that Mosera is the name of the area where Mount Hor is located, the name of the Israelite encampment at the base of Mount Hor, or an alternative name for mount Hor. In Deuteronomy 32:50 it is stated again that he died on Mount Hor, thus there is little reason to believe that there is a contradiction.

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