The Torah… These multiple books about the law and the journey to Egypt… are a bit like watching CNN cover a big story. Not enough happens for 24 hour news coverage, but they can’t talk about anything else, so they get repetitious.
This book is named for the “words of Moses”. And sure enough in this chapter, he is speaking, telling the same events from his perspective. We are still in the desert, wandering, as we were in exodus, Leviticus and numbers.
But I need to be Zen about it, if that is not heretical.
Moses talked conversationally with God. He is a leader of great humility and clarity. His words will reveal God’s mind, as he tells his perspective of the events.
I must not be impatient, a 21st century man surfing all the world’s knowledge on multiple screens, restlessly bored with a nano second attention span, disappointed that none of the “child celebrities – where are they now” went anywhere interesting.
God is unchanging, he is the creator, he is love, this is his mind. His mind.
So Moses fairly dispassionately talks though the flight from Egypt, the way God led them and how the people lost trust in God and wanted to be back in slavery.
I hadn’t had the sense so much in the previous telling that they tried to regain the mission after God said only their children would see the promised land. They tried to take the land by military force without God’s help and were defeated. Stuck with the thing they wished for.
Jonah’s futility, you can’t escape God.
So bless me father as I read this. It’s not a duty, it’s a joy to have your word. Give me the right mind to hear it, like Moses.