Deuteronomy – Chapter 9: Not Because of Israel’s Righteousness

I’m continuing to slog through Deuteronomy.  In the last chapter we learned that you MUST obey God in everything, regardless of the morality of God’s commands.  Chapter 9 has an interesting title so let’s find out what it has to say.

“But be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the Lord has promised you.” – Deuteronomy 9:3

Ah, more death and destruction.  In other words, a continuation of what we’ve already read.

“No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is going to drive them out before you.” – Deuteronomy 9:4

In what way are these nations wicked?  We’re never told.  It sounds like God chose the Israelites and simply decided that his other “creations” are wicked because they are not the Israelites.  Way to parent God.

“From the day you left Egypt until you arrived here, you have been rebellious against the Lord.” – Deuteronomy 9:7

Yes, because how dare the Israelites question an invisible god.

“Then the Lord told me, ‘Go down from here at once, because your people whom you brought out of Egypt have become corrupt. They have turned away quickly from what I commanded them and have made an idol for themselves.’” – Deuteronomy 9:12

Don’t get me wrong, worshiping an idol statue is stupid, but it makes more sense than worshiping an invisible god that has done little but punish and destroy.

“So I took the two tablets and threw them out of my hands, breaking them to pieces before your eyes.” – Deuteronomy 9:17

God prevents Moses from entering the promised land, but it’s not for breaking the tablets.  Moses literally breaks God’s laws and is not punished.  God simply makes a new set.  Moses is punished for the acts of the Israelites that were out of Moses’ control.

“I feared the anger and wrath of the Lord, for he was angry enough with you to destroy you. But again the Lord listened to me.” – Deuteronomy 9:19

It has always amazed me that believers look at God as omnipotent and all-knowing.  Yet a mere mortal is able to change God’s mind.  Abraham did the same thing in Genesis.  Who is really the more powerful person/being in the Bible?  Abraham?  Moses?  God?  Hard to tell.

“Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Overlook the stubbornness of this people, their wickedness and their sin.” – Deuteronomy 9:27

This supposed god is the creator of all.  Any stubbornness or wickedness is his fault as he created it.  He’s getting mad at others for things he did.

To sum up Deuteronomy 9, God is great and the Israelites are a big pile of steaming shit.  God loves people?  Hardly!  This is the exact opposite of love.

Coming Soon:  Deuteronomy – Chapter 10:  Tablets Like the First Ones

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