Deuteronomy 1 ended with Moses in the middle of a speech to the Israelites. Deuteronomy 2 picks up where 1 left off.
“The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.” – Deuteronomy 2:7
Uh…you have not lacked anything? Seriously? How about food? Clean water? Peace? A place to live? A life without the threat of constant death by God?
“Thirty-eight years passed from the time we left Kadesh Barnea until we crossed the Zered Valley. By then, that entire generation of fighting men had perished from the camp, as the Lord had sworn to them. The Lord’s hand was against them until he had completely eliminated them from the camp.” – Deuteronomy 2:14-15
Yes, sounds like a loving God to me. And thirty-eight years? My 98 year old grandmother with one leg on a wheel chair missing a wheel can move faster than that!
“This very day I will begin to put the terror and fear of you on all the nations under heaven. They will hear reports of you and will tremble and be in anguish because of you.” – Deuteronomy 2:25
Yes, the greatest leaders always lead by fear, terror, and the threat of death. God is one of the worst leaders in the history of, well, all time!!!
“But Sihon king of Heshbon refused to let us pass through. For the Lord your God had made his spirit stubborn and his heart obstinate in order to give him into your hands, as he has now done.” – Deuteronomy 2:30
OMFG!!! God does it again. To push His agenda and make the Israelites look good, He hardens the heart of another group of people (previously did this to the Egyptians). Stop hardening peoples’ hearts and maybe, just maybe, peace will stand a chance!
“At that time we took all his towns and completely destroyed them—men, women and children. We left no survivors.” – Deuteronomy 2:34
Innocent children and babies slaughtered in the name of God.
That concludes Deuteronomy 2. Moses recites the story of how God maliciously hardens the hearts (made stubborn) of another group of people such that the Israelites were justified in attacking and destroying them. Biblical morals are amazing, aren’t they?!?!?!
Coming Soon: Deuteronomy – Chapter 3: Defeat of Og King of Bashan