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Chapter 5- Moses repeats the 10 commandments.
Yeah, nothing new here. I’ll just refer you to my previous commentary on the 10 commandments.
Chapter 6- Moses tells the people to remember God’s rules after they enter the promised land, and to be careful not to forget everything He has done for them.
I’m noticing a serious trend here. This is just more recapping of things we already heard. I guess since Moses knows he’s about to die, he’s giving a big, repetitive farewell speech to the people. And I thought Numbers was boring…
Chapter 7- Instructions not to fear the people they are about to conquer, nor to show them any pity. God will bless the people who follow his instructions, and destroy those who don’t.
Verses 3-4, “Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly.” I have to wonder, if the god of the OT is so awesome and powerful, why would inter-religious marriages be a problem? What do these other “gods” have to offer that would be alluring enough to draw away a believer? Wouldn’t these other people see the super amazing powers of their Israelite spouse’s god, and become believers as well? I think Yahweh has a bad case of little man syndrome, and must demand loyalty because he doesn’t actually deserve it.
Verse 5, “But thus you shall deal with them; you shall destroy their altars, and break down their sacred pillars and cut down their wooden images, and burn their carved images with fire.” Stupid policies like this are the reason that so many beautiful works of art have been lost to us! Damn your iconoclasm, god!
Verse 10, “and He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack with him who hates Him; He will repay him to his his face.” I’m waiting….No, just kidding. I really hate when people accuse atheists of “hating” God. How can I hate something I don’t think exists? That would be like assuming I have a vendetta against unicorns.
There are also several promises here that the people who follow God faithfully will never be barren, or have barren livestock, or face illness. Sorry folks, I guess that means 100% of people are doing religion wrong these days, because everyone gets sick at some time or another.
I really dislike the inherent victim blaming that goes hand in hand with that idea. Did your crops fail? Did your child die of some disease? Are you unable to have children? IT’S YOUR OWN FAULT FOR NOT FAITH-ING HARD ENOUGH!!1!!1!! Or something like that…It’s a load of bull.