c-c-c-Cold-Hearted s-s-s-Snake (Numbers 21)

So the Israelites are scoping out new lands inhabited by the Amorites. Of course, the men are too scared to make a move (story of my life, ladies, story of my life) and they stand there impotently, complaining about their situation again. And God is not having it. Here’s how he responds this time: “Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died” (Num 21:6). Complaining is so evidently irksome to God that I wonder why “Thou shalt not whine like a sucky baby” is not one of the Ten Commandments.

The Israelites send a message to Sihon, king of the Amorites, asking him to let them pass through his lands. “No can do,” he says and then wages war on them. Bad move on his part because the Israelites actually man up, kill a bunch of his people and take his lands from Armon to Jabbok. Then the Israelites set their sights on Bashan, lands ruled by a guy named Og (a name that doesn’t exactly scream “leadership”). “You got this,” God says. He fixes the battle on behalf of the Israelites. God is so terribly inconsistent in his favours, much like a friend I once had who I swear had borderline personality disorder.

 

 

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