The Israelites have been on a hiatus on the journey and god feels they need to continue. I don’t know why they stopped in the first place though.
Why would god, an all-powerful, loving and merciful god send some away to create land for a chosen few?
2 I will send an angel before you and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite.
What happened? He couldn’t keep the honey and milk flowing to our days? What a bad ass guy this god was. And he even have threats, the sons of Israel should just have told him to go and hang, we may not have had these problems
3 Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, because you are an obstinate people, and I might destroy you on the way.”
What has ornaments got to do with anything?
4 When the people heard this sad word, they went into mourning, and none of them put on his ornaments. 5 For the Lord had said to Moses, “Say to the sons of Israel, ‘You are an obstinate people; should I go up in your midst for one moment, I would destroy you. Now therefore, put off your ornaments from you, that I may know what I shall do with you.’” 6 So the sons of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments, from Mount Horeb onward.
I know why Catholics still do this. I didn’t realize it started with Moses
8 And it came about, whenever Moses went out to the tent, that all the people would arise and stand, each at the entrance of his tent, and gaze after Moses until he entered the tent.
Has anyone seen a cloud descend to the ground? Or did Moses meet with god only when it was misty and there was fog?
9 Whenever Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent; and the Lord would speak with Moses.
Just hold it here
11 Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.
If it was possible to change god’s mind then, why has he refused to listen to the billions of christians praying everyday, answered prayers of muslims and judaists who call to him every single moment?
12 Then Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people!’ But You Yourself have not let me know whom You will send with me. Moreover, You have said, ‘I have known you by name, and you have also found favor in My sight.’ 13 Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people.”
And he actually changed his mind.
14 And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Do I read an ultimatum?
15 Then he said to Him, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.
Tell me, a few verses ago, verse 11, Moses and god speak face to face, what has changed?
20 But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!”
By a show of hands, can we agree that this god is not omnipresent.
21 Then the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock; 22 and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.”