I had very little to say today.
Deuteronomy 34: Moses dies in this chapter. I think he got a raw deal. God had him go on top of a mountain to look at the land that he was forbidden to enter. Moses was an impressive leader.
Psalm 35: This psalm is a prayer for deliverance from enemies. The Fee and Stuart book says this psalm is an appeal to “Yahweh as Divine Warrior against malicious slanderers.” It is an interesting read. I did find myself wanting to add up all the psalms that ask for God to attack the psalmist’s enemies.
I find each of the three chapters in Deuteronomy to be interesting. One part is the consistent reference to future failures among the people. That must’ve been hard to hear.
Not much else to say here.
I’m using multiple sources throughout this process: the NRSV study bible, the CEB study bible, and Bible Gateway (www.biblegateway.com). This allows me to read more while at work or elsewhere. As a member I can also read all of the study guides they have. This includes How to Read the Bible Book by Book by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart as well as the NIV Study Bible Notes. I want to share something interesting I read in the Fee and Stuart book below.
Deuteronomy 25: We learn about corporal punishment, how to handle oxen when they are working, improper touching by a woman when she is defending her husband in a fight (her hand is to be cut off is she grabs the other man’s genitals), and honest business practices.
Definitely a lot to say about this reading.
Deuteronomy 22: This chapter covers a wide range of topics. The first part focuses on various moral and religious responsibilities of citizenship (i.e. duties toward a neighbor, cross dressing, eating animals from two generations, what to add to a roof, how to treat your vineyard, don’t plow with two different species, don’t wear clothes made of wool and linen, and what to do with your cloak). Funny side note, this makes me think of the years we had gender bender days during homecoming week in high school. They were hilarious.
Two interesting sources to read along with this reading (here and here):
These above sources directly relate to Deuteronomy 20. Scientists have found what happened to the Canaanites: they weren’t destroyed. At least not completely. DNA evidence shows that “90 percent of the genetic ancestry of people in Lebanon came from the Canaanites” (Washington Post article). That’s cool. I also think it’s cool that this came out while I’m reading the Bible. I think I would’ve paid attention to this story, but it wouldn’t have meant as much to me as it does now if I weren’t doing this Bible study.
Deuteronomy 16: Three festivals: feast of Passover and unleavened bread, feast of weeks, and feast of booths. Pretty interesting note from the CEB study bible on the first one: