Monday, December 6, 2010

Deuteronomy 3

7 comments:

Berry Girl said...

reading through these account (this history of their journey) - what a violent history. They really fought their way to the promised land. And annihilated entire cities as they did so. It's very interesting to me.

Prairie Chick said...

Two things stood out to me from this chapter. 1. The number of times it says "I gave" as in the Lord gave them this victory or that success. He was ordaining it all, and directing from above all that played out below.

The other thing was verse 26 where it says "But the Lord was angry with me...." We were talking about this at supper last night. Anger in general. Righteous indignation in contrast to personal rage over a perceived offense or something. Somebody brought up how many times it talks in scripture about the Lord's anger burning. Somehow we like to focus on God's love and forgiving nature and skip over the anger part. And yet He is not only one or the other, and we would do well to remember that aspect of His character if we are going to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

Shailey said...

"But the Lord was angry with me because of you,and He would not listen to me.'thats enough!'He ordered.'Speak of it no more.you can go to Pisgah Peak and view the land in every direction,but you may not cross the Jordan river."vs 26-27

God will always forgive you but you can not expect Him to reward you if you disobey him.The Israelites did wrong things often but God always forgave them but they would not get rewarded for doing wrong.

Berry Girl said...

yeah, that's interesting - BBoy and I had a discussion about that same thing, that being angry is ok but what we do when we're angry is where sin can step in.

Elisa said...

But the Lord was angry with me because of what you did.He wouldn't listen to me. "That is enough!" the Lord said. "do not speak to me any more about this matter. vs-26

The Lord was angry with Moses because of what he did, so the Lord did not allow Moses to cross the Jordan River.

Chris said...

I wonder if the Lord's anger toward Moses had to do with the fact that He was saddened that Moses would not be allowed to enter the promised land. That had the Israelites obeyed God continually with sincere hearts, Moses would not have had to ask to see the promised land, but could have experienced it first-hand. My anger often comes with sadness, knowing that my actions, or the actions of another have caused the current circumstances. Maybe this, too, is a characteristic of God?

Prairie Chick said...

That's interesting Chris, Harvey had mentioned there being three main words for anger in the bible, and I had wanted to do a word study on them this week, so in order to come up with the words, I tracked down this article...

http://www.freelygive-n.com/uploads/Anger_of_God_-_Imbed_Link_and_R_Box.pdf

I thought it was good.