We’re getting closer to the end of Deuteronomy and, SPOILER ALERT, Moses is about to die! This chapter focuses on Moses’ successor.
“Then Moses went out and spoke these words to all Israel: ‘I am now a hundred and twenty years old and I am no longer able to lead you.’” – Deuteronomy 31:1-2
If you don’t see this as a problem then please start thinking for yourself. Stop taking what others say as absolute truth and use your critical thinking skills to think skeptically.
“Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, ‘Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance.’” – Deuteronomy 31:7
Hopefully Moses was a good teacher so Joshua can continue Moses’ legacy of fooling the people into believing nonsense.
“Their children, who do not know this law, must hear it and learn to fear the Lord your God as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.” – Deuteronomy 31:13
And therein lies the problem with religion. It teaches you to teach your kids to FEAR an imaginary sky daddy. Religion succeeds through indoctrination and fear. Take that away and religion dies.
“And the Lord said to Moses: ‘You are going to rest with your ancestors, and these people will soon prostitute themselves to the foreign gods of the land they are entering. They will forsake me and break the covenant I made with them.’” – Deuteronomy 31:16
Of course the Israelites must rebel for the Bible could not continue without a rebellion. Not enough fear has been put into the Bible to indoctrinate children for millennia to come.
“For I know that after my death you are sure to become utterly corrupt and to turn from the way I have commanded you. In days to come, disaster will fall on you because you will do evil in the sight of the Lord and arouse his anger by what your hands have made.” – Deuteronomy 31:29
This is the rambling of an old man on his death bed with occasional coherent chants of “Fuck you all! Fuck you all to death!”
That concludes Deuteronomy 31. Moses is still alive but his end is near. Command of the Israelites has been handed over to Joshua who will lead them into the land of flowing milk and honey. Anyone else picture literal rivers of milk and honey? Is it good to mix honey with milk? Does that promote mold growth? Hmmm. 🙂
Coming Soon: Deuteronomy – Chapter 32: The Song of Moses