God and Moses and who’s who

One of the more interesting things that I’ve seen as I’m re-reading the Pentateuch is that throughout Exodus to Deuteronomy the Israelites continue to rebel against God and Moses. This leads to conversations between God and Moses where the Lord wants to destroy Israel and Moses is “convincing” the Lord not to do it.

One lecture from the perspective of Jewish history found this particularly intriguing because it seems like Moses is playing the role of God (e.g. in being slower to anger and reminding God of His promises – as if God needed reminding) while God is playing the part of humans (e.g. in that He wants to, albeit justly, punish Israel for their sins).

Matthew 5:48 Therefore you shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Perhaps this is to say that God is giving us a lesson that we too can be more like Him if only we exercised our will to walk by faith and the Holy Spirit. We don’t need to live by our own human temporal standards and instead think both from generation to generation and eternally.

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4 Responses to God and Moses and who’s who

  1. feeriker says:

    Given the nearly continuous instances throughout the Old Testament of the Israelites disobeying and rebelling against God, and His subsequent severe punishments for each such act, He very likely knew that destroying them for their wickedness would be an act too merciful. Letting them suffer progressively harsher punishments for each act of disobedience and rebellion, one might argue, is a fate worse than outright destruction.

  2. @ feeriker

    Letting them suffer progressively harsher punishments for each act of disobedience and rebellion, one might argue, is a fate worse than outright destruction.

    Or perhaps purposed for their sanctification. Some of the leaders and people at least repented at different times.

  3. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Moses outlived nearly all his friends and it was for them to put stones on his grave to build up a cairn. God said that he would take care of it. To this day, we don’t know where Moses is buried, though we presume it is in present day Jordan.

  4. kingbothie says:

    God is God, He is the Almighty, We are His children and If a dog gives birth to a dog, a cat to a cat then God gave birth to gods, as He has said in His word, so we have power (Dunamis) we can effect changes, change God’s mind towards something, whatever is bound on earth shall be bound in heaven that type of deal.

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