Thursday, June 17, 2010
Chapter 32 starts off nice, Moses talking about how great Yahweh is and how perfect His work is. And then, with almost no transition, it sinks into the macabre. Literally, here's the transition:
32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
32:5 They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.
And it goes downhill from there - burning and starving for everyone, including elderly and children.
What I want to know is - where does perception of a loving God come from? I mean I see that the Israelites loved Yahweh - well, some of them did. And Yahweh sometimes shows love - but it's a love that's built on conditions. It's not really "love" as we understand it. And it's built on the most ridiculous of conditions - "Believe in me and follow my laws, or else!"
As Deuteronomy, and therefore the Pentateuch, come to a close, I yearn for the great wisdom of the Bible. I haven't seen much evidence for it yet. Deuteronomy especially is just the same thing, over and over: "God is wonderful, but since you guys suck He's going to make your life really shitty!"