Chapter 33- A list of all the places the Israelites camped during their journey from Egypt to the promised land in Canaan, and instructions for removing the native people from Canaan.
Reading about the journey to Canaan reminded me of this hymn:
I realize that the song uses “Canaan’s land” as a metaphor for heaven, but let’s not sugar coat things too much and forget the actual situation in Canaan:
Verse 53: “You shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land and dwell in it, for I have given you the land to possess.”
Verses 55-56, “But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those whom you let remain shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell. Moreover it shall be that I will do to you as I thought to do to them.”
♫Dear friends, there’ll be no sad farewells (except between those you dispossess), there’ll be no tear dimmed eyes (except those of the people you murder.) Where all is peace and joy and love (unless you don’t do exactly as God says. In that case, he’ll murder you, too.) And the soul of man never dies (unless that man is a native inhabitant of Canaan.) ♪
Somebody with more musical skills than I possess needs to make factual hymns a thing. I’ll help write the lyrics!
Chapter 34- A listing of the borders of the promised land and the leaders of the tribe who will divide the land up amongst the tribes.
Just some bookkeeping here. Nothing particularly interesting to discuss.
I am happy to announce that tomorrow will be our last day in the book of Numbers. I’m sure you’re all as distraught about that as I am…