So about yesterday: I spent all afternoon/evening holed away in the library studying for another test this morning. Such is my life, I’m considering putting a cot, mini-fridge, and microwave in one of the library study rooms and just never leaving the library again.
Sorry there was no blog post. The real world exerted its importance over my voluntary reading of a book of myths. *shrug* What can you do?
But, I’m back and today we start Deuteronomy! We’re scheduled to spend 12 days in this book, and in that time I’m hoping to learn how to spell “Deuteronomy” without having to look it up every time.
With a strange name like Deuteronomy, I figured there must be some meaning behind the word, so I looked it up. For any fellow armchair etymologists out there, here’s what I learned:
1388, from Gk. Deuteronomion, lit. “second law,” from deuteros “second” + nomos “law.”
Yeah, I find that kind of stuff interesting… Don’t judge me.
Chapter 1- A brief recounting of some of the events in the book of Numbers. Moses reminds the people of how they established their system of leadership, how the spies discouraged them from entering the promised land, and how God chose to punish them for doubting Him by not letting that generation enter the promised land.
If you’ve been following along, then this is all old news. If you haven’t been following along, welcome to my blog!
Just one thing caught my interest here:
Verses 29-32: “Then I said to you, ‘Do not be terrified, or afraid of them. The Lord your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you, according to all He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.’ Yet for all that, you did not believe the Lord your God.”
Right-o. These people who witnessed God’s acts first hand still didn’t believe in him. Or, more likely, they believed in his existence, but didn’t believe he was all that worthy of their unquestioning faith and obedience. Now there’s a valuable lesson we can learn from the Bible! Yay, skepticism!
Chapter 2- More recapping of the journey in the desert.
There is reference made here to a time when the Israelites traveled through the territory of the descendants of Esau. I don’t remember that happening before, but perhaps it just didn’t warrant mentioning when it happened. The interesting part of this is how the land of of the descendants of Esau is described. God gave it to them as their inheritance, but there were already people there that they had to “dispossess and destroy”, just like the Israelites are doing in their promised land.
It seems that God makes a habit out of stealing land from the natives to give to away to other people.
Also, several of the native peoples are described as ‘giants.’ I wonder if that’s just hyperbole meaning they were really tall, or if the Bible really expects me to believe that giants were a thing?
And now, it is back to the library with me. *sigh*