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Monday, April 17, 2006

Vaccination and Epiphanies: Related?

So, I was getting some final vaccination before the ol' trek to North Africa. While I was waiting to be picked up from beside the starbucks at Eglinton and Bathurst I figured it was most appropriate to open up the Torah!...or Pentateuch or whatever. Therein was an epiphany.

Deut 9:3 - Know therefore today that he who goes over before you as a consuming fire is the LORD your God. He will destroy them and subdue them before you. So you shall drive them out and make them perish quickly, as the LORD has promised you.

Serious anger. I've heard some heretics say, "the God of the Old Testament is all about judgement but the God of the New Testament is all about love." Well, these passages could make you think so. Check out Deut 13. To the one who worships false gods and leads others to do so must be treated in this way: "...you shall kill him. Your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. You shall stone him to death

If those aren't enough, look up Achan or Dathan and Abiram or the guy who was caught picking up sticks on the Sabbath!

Here is what I think of all this... (the numbers simply signify my thought process)

1.) God's reason for sending Israel in to destroy other nations was NOT the righteousness of Israel but rather because of the wickedness of the nations (as well as keeping the promise he made to the patriarchs. I don't want to downplay that in anyway). Deut. 9:5

2.) God is (has always been, was in the New Testament, and will always be) most concerned with his own glory! If he were not a complete egoist, he would be an idolator. He must glorify himself for he is the highest good and the purest perfection!

This is evident in the fact that,
a. 4 verse 15 and following forbid idolatry.

b. 4 verses 32 to 40 remind the people that God alone is God who made everything!

c. starting in chapter 5 Moses gives the law that is summed up in one great commandment: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might."

d. chapter 8 warns the people to remember the great things God has done.

e. chapter 9 reminds the people that they are NOT righteous, or good. But rather stubborn.

f. 12 verse 29 starts another section warning against idolatry.

3.) I sensed a theme here. God has every right to immediately destroy the being that does not bring him glory! Is this not why he flooded THE ENTIRE EARTH?

4.) It was at this point that I turned to Romans (the book that explains everything)...That was when the epiphany climaxed! I'll save this for another day so you don't have to read so much all at once. A clue is that it might have something to do with a recent J.P. book and particular parts of the first chapter in Romans.

ps. you might have to be a Torontonian to get the Bathurst and Eglinton joke...


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hahaha...because it's such a Jewish area?

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