Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Deuteronomy 4

1Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you.
2Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
3Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you.

Baalpeor I think this should actually be written Baal Peor as it means Lord of Peor. Although Baal is often thought of as a Pagan god and in some instances was .e.g Baal Hamon of the Carthogens. Initially in the ancient middle east Baal was a title generally meaning minor king( Minor king under a greater king, a king ruled over by a king of kings or emperor). Whether or not they were diefied as were Egyptian pharoahs is not fully agreed on but I would go with the affirmative.

4But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.

Couldn't have really been much of a battle if one side suffered no losses. Did it involve more gas, or were any dead Israelites considered to be unbelievers ?

5Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.
6Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
7For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?

Well on one side at the time they had Egypt, on another border they had Assyria the rest was virtually covered by the Phoenician empire.

8And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgements so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?

So righteous to alienate many of the populace, encouraging inhumanity against anyone who will not bend to their will and to many that do. whilst enforcing a parasitical ruling priesthood to take the cream off every action good bad or indifferent. So righteous it makes laws then almost in the same breath insists they are broken.

9Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;

Surely it would be virtually impossible to forget the carnage involved in the spread of their empire, the catalogue of battles followed by the dispicable murder of innocent women and children. And surely the only way to teach your sons the things you have seen would be for them to continue doing what you have done ......Unfortunately that is one thing they have managed to keep up !

10Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.
11And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.
12And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.

Helluva showman that Jethro

13And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.
14And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.
15Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:

16Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,

Like they had to make for the Ark

17The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,

Would these be the biblical four legged birds or the real two legged ones ?

18The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:

Also is this the biblical four legged insects or the real six legged ones or maybe half a spider

19And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.
20But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.
21Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and sware that I should not go over Jordan, and that I should not go in unto that good land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance:
22But I must die in this land, I must not go over Jordan: but ye shall go over, and possess that good land.
23Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee.
24For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

Its been my experiance that jealousy is felt by those that percieve inadequacy in themselves when measured against the success of others. Well don't listen to me hears a dictionary definition
1. jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc., or against another's success or advantage itself.
2. mental uneasiness from suspicion or fear of rivalry, unfaithfulness, etc., as in love or aims.
3. vigilance in maintaining or guarding something.
4. a jealous feeling, disposition, state, or mood.

Call me old fashioned but , I just find it hard to imagine that this god the so called creator of the universe, the source of all things,has a bad case of penis envy.

Ahhh ! poor lardy thinks he has a likkle winky

That would certainly explain all the hostility, we discussed Abraham's small manhood earlier perhaps this is why thy Israelites are his chosen people perhaps they are phallically challenged.

That might also explain why he picked on Og and his people. Just for having the big bed of fun, and the necessary equipment to go with it.

25When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger:

I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.
27And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.
28And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
29But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
30When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
31(For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.

I thought he claims to be every bodies god, if so he has just proved himself either mistaken or a fucking liar.

32For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?

Yup he's got to be a fucking liar, else ......... No. One way or the other he's a fucking liar

33Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?

According to what we have been told .....Yes.

34Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?

what did it say in verse 31 again ?

35Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.

Ah this will be after Ashera left him.

36Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.
37And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;
38To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.
39Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
40Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.
41Then Moses severed three cities on this side Jordan toward the sunrising;
42That the slayer might flee thither, which should kill his neighbour unawares, and hated him not in times past; and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live:
43Namely, Bezer in the wilderness, in the plain country, of the Reubenites; and Ramoth in Gilead, of the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, of the Manassites.
44And this is the law which Moses set before the children of Israel:
45These are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which Moses spake unto the children of Israel, after they came forth out of Egypt.
46On this side Jordan, in the valley over against Bethpeor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel smote, after they were come forth out of Egypt:
47And they possessed his land, and the land of Og king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, which were on this side Jordan toward the sunrising;
48From Aroer, which is by the bank of the river Arnon, even unto mount Sion, which is Hermon,
49And all the plain on this side Jordan eastward, even unto the sea of the plain, under the springs of Pisgah.

Jocularity aside I can appreciate the colonial mentality, the sudden lack of restraint after a bloody battle ,the adrenalin fuelled lusts for killing and well, lust. After all the Europeans and early Americans did not conquer without transgressing basic humanitarian codes.

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