Thus far in Deuteronomy we’ve learned that the god of the Bible demands you fear him and murder/rape in his name. Lovely. Let’s see what Deuteronomy 12 has in store for us.
“Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains, on the hills and under every spreading tree, where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods.” – Deuteronomy 12:2
More slaughter and destruction. What a surprise.
“But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling.” – Deuteronomy 12:5
Worship me, but only worship me in a specific place. Why? Because I say so. Fear me!!!
“There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you.” – Deuteronomy 12:7
The command to slaughter, rape, and destroy is a blessing?
“But you will cross the Jordan and settle in the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, and he will give you rest from all your enemies around you so that you will live in safety.” – Deuteronomy 12:10
In this verse ‘enemy’ = ‘not an Israelite’. That’s the only requirement to be an enemy in Deuteronomy. This is not all that different from Donald Trump’s views and proposed policies. Is your skin white? Then you are okay. Is your skin brown? LEAVE! LEAVE NOW!!!! YOU ARE THE ENEMY!!! As disgusted as I am with Donald Trump, I actually find Trump a more moral person than God. The bar is set pretty low though.
“And there rejoice before the Lord your God—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants…” – Deuteronomy 12:12
And as we’ve already seen, by servants the Bible means slaves.
“When the Lord your God has enlarged your territory as he promised you…” – Deuteronomy 12:20
Enlarging your territory, of course, requires the slaughtering and raping of people already living in said territory.
“Do not eat it, so that it may go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord.” – Deuteronomy 12:25
This refers to the eating of animal blood which is directly against the wishes of God. This verse also states that the children will be punished for the sins of the parents. Another excellent moral to learn from reading the Bible! 🙂
“See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.” – Deuteronomy 12:32
For doing what God says you should not, however crazy it may seem and however immoral it may be, will likely result in your death and the deaths of your children, grandchildren, and several future generations.
To sum up Deuteronomy 12, this chapter is more of the same as we’ve seen in other chapters of Deuteronomy. Moses tells the people God will see them to the promised land and they must do exactly as God says or be punished. Loving? No. Moral? Hell no!!! Tell me again who’s the good guy in the Bible? Where is Satan when you need him most?
Coming Soon: Deuteronomy – Chapter 13: Worshiping Other Gods