Blogging the Bible- March 30

Deuteronomy 5-7; Psalm 41

For as  superstitious you hear the people of old were, I find it interesting that the Israelites would turn to the gods and idols of the nations they defeated. If whoever won the battle was backed by the stronger G(g)od, then how could Israel ever follow another God.

A quick read of their history shows a God who: created the world out of nothing, flooded the entire earth, gave a barren couple a baby in their old age, brought plague on and crippled the strongest nation on earth, parted the Red Sea, brought water out of a rock and food out of the sky. I’d say that God is strong enough to face down any human enemy. When they did go to war, they returned without losing a single man (how awesome would that be).

As they are on the brink of entering the Promised Land, their new home, Moses reminds them that God is faithful. God, through Moses, tells them what He will do (drive out the nations ahead of them), but they must not intermingle with them for they will pull them away.

At the time, I am sure they were all saying, “No problem.” “Don’t intermarry, got it.” “This will not be a problem.” “Stranger Danger!” But over time what became of it. Well, a little bit of that won’t be a problem. God won’t mind if my daughter marries him, he’s nice boy. And so the drift began.

God means what He says. He wants a people distinct to Himself. He is a jealous God and will not share His love with another.

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~ by mikefoster on March 30, 2016.

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