Deuteronomy – Chapter 4: Obedience Commanded

Thus far, three chapters in, Deuteronomy has taught us God condones the slaughtering of innocents, including babies, and Moses considers these “mighty” works of God.  Ug.  Let’s see what Deuteronomy 4 brings to us.

“Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.” – Deuteronomy 4:2

Yeah, don’t you dare consider being nice to someone unless God has directly stated to.  You are not allowed to think for yourself in anything!

“Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’” – Deuteronomy 4:6

This verse teaches us that the slaughter of children and babies is the action of a “wise and understanding people.”  Huh?

“What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?” – Deuteronomy 4:7

For starters, the peaceful nations!!!

“And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today?” – Deuteronomy 4:8

I’d go with the nations that have peaceful laws and do not have laws that demand the slaughter of others.

“He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets.” – Deuteronomy 4:13

There were many more than ten commandments, many of which were flat out crazy.

“You saw no form of any kind the day the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire.” – Deuteronomy 4:15

Yes, because it was a campfire.  Sigh.

“The Lord was angry with me because of you, and he solemnly swore that I would not cross the Jordan and enter the good land the Lord your God is giving you as your inheritance.” – Deuteronomy 4:21

Doesn’t sound like a just god to me.  If this god is truly all-knowing, wouldn’t he know that Moses was not to blame?

“For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” – Deuteronomy 4:24

This all-perfect, all-knowing god has the negative trait of jealousy.  Doesn’t sound all that perfect to me!

“The Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and only a few of you will survive among the nations to which the Lord will drive you.” – Deuteronomy 4:27

Moses says this is what will happen if the Israelites disobey God.  Sounds like a loving god to me!

“There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell.” – Deuteronomy 4:28

Neither can the god of the Bible!

“For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath.” – Deuteronomy 4:31

Unless of course you are an innocent child with bone cancer or an innocent child whose parents did wrong, or for that matter ANY innocent child.  God has abandoned many innocent children by allowing their slaughter in the Bible.

“Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?” – Deuteronomy 4:34

No, because the other gods are not cruel gods more evil than Satan.  Satan is a more moral god than the god of the Bible.

“Because he loved your ancestors and chose their descendants after them, he brought you out of Egypt by his Presence and his great strength, to drive out before you nations greater and stronger than you and to bring you into their land to give it to you for your inheritance, as it is today.” – Deuteronomy 4:37-38

Yes, by hardening the hearts of the Egyptians.

Moses’ arguments for the power and justness of God are far from compelling.  Instead of convincing arguments, Moses uses arguments that make it clear that the god of the Bible is evil, unjust, jealous, and just plain wrong!

Coming Soon:  Deuteronomy – Chapter 5:  The Ten Commandments

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5 thoughts on “Deuteronomy – Chapter 4: Obedience Commanded

  1. Great post! 🙂

    Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes?” – Deuteronomy 4:34

    … Worth mentioning here is that no archaeological evidence shows that the Israelites were ever in Egypt, let alone used as slaves.

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  2. I love this. I so enjoy reading people who can take something and show what it really means or says. I know when I was in church school we often just glossed over the stuff we had to read, and regurgitate it for tests and for our teachers, without ever thinking of what it ever really meant or what it was saying. I admit it was wrong, but we were kids trying to make grades in bible class and as it was a church school no one wanted to rock the religious boat. Thanks and hugs

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