BookFormsEvents GenesisStoriesCreation Egypt ExodusStories and LawsBondage liberation/Sinai LeviticusLaws NumbersLaws and StoriesSinai Wandering / Trials DeuteronomyLaws and StoriesOn brink of Promised Land Pentateuch is the story of Israel’s covenantal relationship with God. This is the major theme of the Pentateuch.
40 years Times of Trial: Exodus 14: 10 – 18; 15:22- 16:36; 17:1-16 Exodus 32 Numbers 11:4-35; 16: 3-14; 20:14-21 Nature of these trials varies. Compare this period to: Noah and the Flood and Jesus’ Temptation in the Desert (Lent) What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? Maintaining faith in times of trial – both the individual and the nation.
Golden Calf A woodcut from the Rijks Museum http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/catalogue/_catalogue_static/S K-A-3841-web-figd-xl.jpg
Numbers 20:1-13 What was his sin? Three possibilities: Anger as evidenced by his yelling at the “rebels” Not attributing powers to God “striking” the rock rather than commanding it Consequence: Not entering the Promised Land
Salomon de Coninch Source: Tourcoing, Musee des Beaux-Arts
Deuteronomy 8; 32:9-11 Salvation History Message: Don’t go soft after the trials in a rich land. Recognize God’s gifts to us. Be humble in face of Prosperity: “Do not say to yourself, “My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.”
Deuteronomy 34: 1-12 Mt. Nebo Literary Allusions: Promised Land and Jordan River as symbols MLK, Jr. – Promised Land as Civil Rights “Get Happy” – Promised Land as Heaven Priest Exilic Israel is Israel even when NOT in the Land.
Forget your troubles c'mon get happy, you better chase all your cares away. Shout hallelujah c'mon get happy get ready for the judgment day. the sun is shining c'mon get happy, the lord is waiting to take your hand. shout hallelujah c'mon get happy, we're going to the promise land We're heading across the river to wash your sins away in the tide. it's all so peaceful on the other side.
A.Sea of Galilee B.Jordan River C.Mt. Nebo D.Jericho E.Dead Sea
The Ban (Deuteronomy 20:16) Battle of Jericho (Joshua 6:21) Augustine and Aquinas Catechism of the Catholic Church (2308, 2309) Must be defensive All other means to avoid war must be exhausted Damage done by aggressor must be grave and certain Must be serious prospects of success Use of arms must not produce greater evil than that to be eliminated.