In the last chapter we learned that a woman must not grab her husband’s assailant’s dick and balls. Yes, that is a real rule in the Bible! Can Deuteronomy 26 top that? Let’s find out. The chapter begins with a command to bring the first fruits of the harvest to the priest as a dedication to God.
“But the Egyptians mistreated us and made us suffer, subjecting us to harsh labor.” – Deuteronomy 26:6
No, no, no, a thousand times no! God hardened the hearts of the Egyptians. God is the one who mistreated the Israelites, not the Egyptians.
“He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey…” – Deuteronomy 26:9
And in the process many, many innocent people were slaughtered and raped.
“When you have finished setting aside a tenth of all your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give it to the Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied.” – Deuteronomy 26:12
Okay, helping others is a good thing, but a god is not needed for society to help others.
“I have obeyed the Lord my God; I have done everything you commanded me.” – Deuteronomy 26:14
Including the slaughtering and raping of innocent people.
That does it for this chapter. A few more verses on the need to praise God and God taking care of the Israelites. Yeah, right. Everything ties back to the Egyptians when God hardened their hearts. If God doesn’t do that, the entire story of the Bible unravels. Since a just god would never do this, the story of the Bible is just that. A fiction story that isn’t all that good.
Coming Soon: Deuteronomy – Chapter 27: The Altar on Mount Ebal